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The Legend of Zelda (Theme)

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"The Legend of Zelda"
Game(s)
Other Media Super Smash Bros.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U
Soulcalibur II
Hyrule Warriors
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Place(s) Overworld(TLoZ | TAoL | ALttP | TWW)
Koholint Island(LA)
Related songs "A Link to the Past Credits"
"The Wind Waker Credits"
"Twilight Princess Credits"
"Song of the Hero"
"Overworld Theme - The Legend of Zelda"
"Overworld Theme - The Legend of Zelda (64)"
"Overworld Theme - The Legend of Zelda (Melee)"
"Overworld Theme - The Legend of Zelda (Brawl)"
"Main Theme / Underworld Theme"
"The Legend of Zelda Medley"
"Overworld Theme - The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past"

"The Legend of Zelda (Theme)" has appeared in almost every Zelda game to date. It was first introduced in The Legend of Zelda as the overworld theme, and evolved into the theme song for the entire series. It was written by Koji Kondo.

Appearances

The Legend of Zelda main theme appears in The Legend of Zelda as the overworld theme, and in the credit sequences of A Link to the Past and The Wind Waker. Parts of it appeared in the Ocarina of Time Hyrule Field theme.

Breath of the Wild

"The Legend of Zelda" can be heard during the true ending of Breath of the Wild.

Elements

The piece is in march tempo. In most versions, it begins with a slower, pensive version of the main theme, accompanied by ascending sets of three tones. This transitions into a faster marching beat and then introduces the full theme by repeating the first measure of the full theme twice. The full theme is composed of three statements, which then transition into a higher-pitched, melodic climax. The climax repeats three times, descending in pitch and changing key each time, until a quick set of beats returns the music to the original full theme. There is often an echo after each statement. With more sophisticated instrumentation, the piece usually uses an extensive brass section.

Other Games

The Legend of Zelda theme song has appeared in all of the Super Smash Bros. games as background music for Zelda-related stages and a victory theme for Link, Princess Zelda and Ganondorf. In Soul Calibur II, this theme serves as the background music for the Cathedral stage, which is considered to be Link's stage.

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