The Legend of Zelda -Twilight Symphony
November 2, 2012
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Zelda Reorchestrated, or ZREO for short was, at a point, one of the most recognized Legend of Zelda websites on the internet. Starting in 2004, the ZREO team has produced orchestrations of some of the most beloved music in the franchise, and even released a full rearranged album of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Around 2010, ZREO officially announced Twilight Symphony, which at first seemingly began as a simple orchestration of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess’ music, however over years of development, became an entirely different beast. ZREO eventually started a kickstarter campaign which quickly produced enough money to hire a live choir and additional instruments for the album. Finally after years of development, Twilight Symphony was released digitally in 2012, spanning roughly three hours of music. With arrangements from Wayne Strange, Tim Stoney, Eric Buchholz, and additional arrangements from Sam Ferrara, Jake McCoy, Nick Perrin, Leonard Cheung, Braxton ‘Skotein’ Burks (of Pokemon Reorchestrated fame), and Alex Bornstein, alongside both live instruments and choir, how does this immense project compare to the original’s music?
Before I dive into Twilight Symphony’s music, a note must be said about the original Twilight Princess’ soundtrack. Composed by Nintendo mainstays, Toru Minegishi, Asuka Ota, and Koji Kondo, Twilight Princess featured a very complete, orchestral sounding score, which worked quite favorably with the game. “Hyrule Field” stood out as both the main theme of the game