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Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – Ending (Koji Kondo)

December 28, 2009

As the year draws to a close, I wanted to pull a few of my favorite ending themes. Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1991) is a good place to start, and it is also one of my favorite game endings. The entire ending sequence (not counting the Triforce Chamber), lasts 7:44, and it has some nice cutscenes showing all the places the player has traveled and all the people he helped as well as some wonderful music. This medley of the “Ending” and “Credits” themes comes from Legend of Zelda: Sound and Drama (1994), another rare album.

Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – “Ending” (Koji Kondo)

Also available in FLAC

This song is actually a combination of the ending and credits themes from Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. The track begins with the “Triforce Collect SFX” that plays at the end of the Triforce room sequence. The “Ending” theme then plays accompanying a long cutscene showing how Link has brought peace to the kingdom of Hyrule through his heroism. All the evil has fled and the world is back to normal (or about as normal as Hyrule can ever be!). The theme gives a nice sense of flying over the rolling hills, forests, and mountains of Hyrule as a nice victory march. A rupee-esque harp is even played for good emphasis (1:12). Many of the different scenes have their own variations of the main theme, such as the ocarina player in the forest (2:10), who is shown playing in the grove to all the animals as a more dance-like movement driven by strings begins. The end sequence with strong trumpets coming to a crescendo is where Link returns the Master Sword to its place of rest, deep in the forest. In all the track has some nice variations, and is a pleasure to listen to.

Next plays the “Credits” theme, which is one of the most beautiful vgm pieces. It is an arrangement of the Zelda “Overworld” theme, played softly with strings (violins and cellos), then adds a flute. Read the rest of this entry ?