I first discovered this remix by djpretzel, cleverly named “Pachelbel’s Ganon”, over 10 years ago, and when revisiting it I wondered if I’d still like it. As it turns out, I enjoy it a hundred times more. I’ve discovered an appreciation for the smooth melody that takes inspiration from the classic “Pachelbel’s Canon” and perfectly blends two Ocarina of Time tracks: the “Title Theme” and “Zelda’s Lullaby”. In my opinion, it’s up there with some of the best Zelda OC ReMixes of all time.
The number one thing that makes or breaks a remix for me is how loyal it is to the original track. I usually pay attention to whether the melody is still clearly recognizable, whether new instruments complement or enhance it, and whether the tone matches the original track. As you can probably guess, Pachelbel’s Ganon passes with flying colors. Clearly inspired by the beginning of Pachelbel’s Canon, the low opening notes of the piano and violin quickly set the mellow mood of the remix.
At first, it made me think of Ganondorf playing the organ at the end of Ocarina of Time and, given the title of the track, I thought it’d be a more emotional take on his theme. Whether intentional or not, I think this cleverly and immediately connects the track’s new melody to Ocarina of Time’s music. My expectations were quickly subverted, however, when the piano starts to play a very familiar tune: the “Title Theme” from Ocarina of Time.
I’m sure everyone remembers the first time they started up Ocarina of Time and heard that opening music. To me, it’s one of the most iconic tunes in any Zelda title because it was the moment that I, and I’m sure many others, first entered the world of Hyrule. Hearing it so simply yet perfectly blended into this new melancholic melody brings memories of that first moment rushing back: Link riding across Hyrule on Epona, whose hooves trot across the field, and the moon descending over a brightening morning sky behind him. It reminds me of the moment when that lonely yet hopeful-sounding ocarina and piano welcomed me into Hyrule for the very first time.
My goosebumps quickly multiply tenfold when the pan flute, playing the iconic “Zelda’s Lullaby”, suddenly fills the track. It once again drowns me in a flood of nostalgia, reminding me of when I saw Link and Zelda first meet in Hyrule Castle’s gardens, naively yet fearlessly deciding to prevent evil from threatening their world to create a new hope for Hyrule. It’s beautiful.
What more can I say about this remix, other than it’s simply a flawless tribute to Ocarina of Time’s most iconic melodies? I even reckon that someone who’s never played Ocarina of Time would feel moved by its entrancing composition, and I hope you all did too.