Correction: Chaconne c. mollNovember 3, 2009
I recently heard back from Michiru Yamane regarding the composition of the Dracula X: Nocturne in the Moonlight (Sega Saturn, 1998) soundtrack, particularly “Chaconne c. moll” and “Guardian.” She was actually not involved with the production of the music, even though KCE Nagoya’s staff was quite adept at matching her style (Kaoru Okada, J. Kirashima, T. Ohsono). Despite the Saturn’s arguably inferior sound chip, I have gained far more respect for the sound team. So let me state it again: these guys are pretty awesome! Yamane-san put it this way: “I think KCE Nagoya’s excellent staff was able to meet the feel of Castlevania’s world when they produced this music.” In any event, the MP3 tags have been updated accordingly!
I did a bit of background research and found that one of the composers, Kaoru Okada, also composed the soundtrack for Castlevania Legends (1997), the Game Boy prequel that was meant to tie together characters from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. The game stated that Dracula’s son and protagonist of Symphony, Alucard, had a child with Sonia Belmont, making Dracula’s bloodline flow through the veins of the famous vampire hunting clan. The title was since axed from the series by director Koji Igarashi. The game has a pretty cool soundtrack, by the way, and they did a pretty good job of matching the visual design despite the Game Boy’s limited hardware.