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Shining the Holy Ark – “Elegy of the Bewildered” (Motoi Sakuraba)

September 16, 2010

Shining the Holy Ark is another album I’ve had for awhile but never got around to listening to. The game, for Sega Saturn, is a turn-based tactical RPG. The hero, Arthur, must avenge his father’s death at the hands of a 1,000 year-old master of the Vandal clan. I was surprised to see it was composed by Motoi Sakuraba (Tales, Valkyrie Profile, Star Ocean). This piece is from the arranged soundtrack where Mr. Sakuraba played on the keyboard. The soundtrack isn’t one of his best, but it has a few interesting pieces, one of which is “Elegy of the Bewildered”, an 8:34 long piano piece.

Shining the Holy Ark – “Elegy of the Bewildered” (Motoi Sakuraba)

“Elegy of the Bewildered” is really so massive it’s hard to wrap around, but the track seems to be divided into five movements. The first is calm, almost pastoral that quickly transitions into an adventurous piece with an exciting range that lasts until the second movement (1:43) which is also calm. In the middle (4:03), there is a change to intense battle music (third movement), followed by a more dramatic segment at 5:12. The final begins at 6:15 for a triumphant finale. One notable thing is the section at 4:20 sounds a little bit like the boss battle theme from Chrono Trigger.

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