October 2, 2017
The music in video games is such an intrinsic part to the whole experience, from the days of the looping MIDI sequences of arcade gems such as Donkey Kong, to the sweeping orchestral scores of Skyrim. The Legend of Zelda series in particular is extremely famous for the many recurring themes throughout its catalogue of games.
Zelda’s Lullaby is arguably most well-known from its use in Ocarina of Time on the N64 accompanying scenes with the famous titular princess as well as enabling link to make the jump from child to adult hood, and invokes with it a swathe of nostalgia for anyone who remembers leading Link into his epic quest throughout Hyrule.
There are so many tributes to the works composed by Koji Kondo that it’s obvious how much love people have for the music in its own right. This is particularly true of this performance of Zelda’s Lullaby by the talented and prevalent YouTube violinist Anime Martha Psyko.
Psyko has teamed up with Alonso Quijano who plays the Ocarina with a sweet delicacy, never over playing which can result in poor intonation of wind instruments. I am unsure how much of this is down to post production, but in any case it’s been done very well and sounds excellent when combined with the violin.
Psyko’s recital is soulful, her violin emitting a full bodied tone with a subtle use of vibrato. Both parts add pretty ornamentation and the underlying nylon guitar accompaniment helps unify the performance.
The video, which contains a short conversation with the two musicians at the end, is made up of footage of the pair performing in a picturesque countryside interweaved with Zelda scenes from Breath of The Wild. The camera work and editing of the video are proficient and result in a professional final product.
Because of the immense nostalgia relating to the themes from Ocarina of Time in particular, it’s important that tributes be handled with a certain respect, evident here from not only the skilled performance but also by the care taken with production.
You can check out the video below or click here to view it on Youtube. ENJOY!