There’s really not much to complain about in Breath of the Wild, though everyone has their little nitpicks of what could have been done better. There’s the rain and the 900 tedious Korok seeds, but my personal silly quibble is with the silent menu screen. For years we were serenaded on the select screen with a rendition of the “Fairies Fountain” theme to prepare us for the adventure ahead. Luckily, Cleffernotes has created a version of this song that would perfectly suit the title screen for this fantastic title.
Medli’s Melodies is a series in which we choose our favorite songs from The Legend of Zelda franchise, or highlight a special piece of music from the perpetually creative fan community. Music has always such been such an integral component of Zelda games, and we’re here to celebrate that every week!
Cleffernotes has created multiple soundtracks of previous Zelda songs that have been excluded from the title, including “Shiek’s Theme”, which I’ve covered before. While all the songs on this playlist are incredible, I think this one has to be my favorite. It’s so gentle and airy — it might even give “Zelda’s Lullaby” a run for its money for the perfect song to fall asleep to. The echo of the piano gives it that serenity, and when accompanied with strings this piece just sounds heavenly.
I know the “Great Fairy’s Theme” is played in the game, and I love the version that Breath of the Wild gives us, but when it comes to the selection screen, I think this softer rendition was the perfect direction to take the piece. The menu screen is very simple in Breath of the Wild, simply showcasing the stunning artwork for this game while you pick your file. To have this play while the artwork shifts from one piece to the next would work wonders, while the quicker version created for the game works perfectly for meeting the eccentric and striking Great Fairies.
To feel the full effect of this song, I would recommend lying down and putting on headphones. Maybe put on a slideshow of all the artwork for Breath of the Wild, or flip through the pages of the official art book. This song transports you to a peaceful realm of imagination which I would like to call Hylian Heaven, and I don’t know about you, but I’d like to stay there for a while.