Queen Rutela Theme by The Legend of Zelda

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12 comments

socsy Awesome! Love all the cool harmony in Zelda, keep it up
January 6, 2013
MusicMan I would consider this to be in D minor with a modulation at the end to D major, rather than thinking of the whole piece as being in D major the whole time.
April 9 at 9:03 pm
Turbo More like D Dorian, with a borrowed minor VI for the "Mario cadence" and a picardy third for the last D triad.
April 10 at 1:01 am
MusicMan It's not modal at all. Modal music may not modulate or contain any notes other than the 7 in the mode. Modal music pretty much doesn't exist any more. There are so many songs on this website that are described as modal when they are clearly tonal that makes it so obvious that they were transcribed by someone who does not know music theory.
April 13 at 5:48 pm
Turbo http://pqdtopen.proquest.com/pqdtopen/doc/304392237.html?FMT=AI this is one of many texts that dignify modal theory. Mode mixture is defined usage of chords from a parallel key, which obviously includes modes since it is a way the Phrygian bII is applied. If you have any kind of academic resource explicitly claiming the contrary, I would very much like to see it. If not, it would be appreciated that in the future you refrain from accosting people by psychologically projecting your own ignorance.
April 13 at 6:21 pm
kamyarkaviani This is for sure analyzed in the wrong key. Whatever mode you choose, it should be relative to the key of C major.
April 16 at 12:07 am
socsy [Instrumental rev 2] Wow, lot's of discussion here... I agree with kamyarkaviani and Turbo here. The fact that the progression starts and ends on a D gives a hint that this might be the tonic. In fact, this is quintessential dorian: using the minor i to the major IV. Recall that if this was in a minor key, the iv would be minor (gm). The 3rd and 2nd from the last chord borrow from the minor mode and then transition to the Major I (Picardy 3rd). This is a super-effective progression... see Kiss From A Rose by Seal, or Only Hope by Mandy Moore for example, or the music when you finish a stage in the original Mario Bros (as Turbo points out).
April 16 at 12:53 am
Quaeria [Instrumental rev 3] Fixed the last note.
April 16 at 3:32 pm
Quaeria [Instrumental rev 4] Fixed the last note.
April 16 at 3:33 pm
Quaeria [Instrumental rev 5] Fixed the last note.
April 16 at 3:33 pm
MusicSim8 @MusicMan I'd argue that all music is modal. Remember that Major (Ionian) and Minor (Aeolian) are modes. Major and Minor just tends to dominate our society today. It definitely does not have to only use the 7 notes to be in a mode, if it modulates tonality, it's just multitonal. Also the best way to really discern what mode it's in, is to listen to the movement of the chords underneath. If there's a strong I V I, you're in Major, if there's a i V i, you're in minor. If there's a I VII I, Mixolydian, i VII i is Dorian. So on and so forth.
July 5 at 6:56 pm
MusicSim8 In this case, it's definitely strongly implying Dorian with that major IV chord highlighting the raised 6th characteristic tone of Dorian, and of course that great Picardy third at the end. So it's definitely D Dorian mode. Socsy hits the nail on the head here.
July 5 at 7:01 pm