This is my full orchestral remake of the Dragonlord theme from the 1986 NES game Dragon Warrior (Dragon Quest). This is the music that plays when you fight the final boss of the game. In the original game it’s about a 20 second loop. I expanded it out to about 3 minutes, trying to develop the theme as though it was written for a full orchestra.
Genre/Style: Game Music. Intense Battle Music.
Creative Vision for the Track: I’m remaking these Dragon Warrior tunes for a Minecraft map that I built. So I tried to imagine the music accompanying an epic battle with the final boss of the game. I tried to develop the themes in a way that seemed to match the character of the Dragonlord. I drew a lot of inspiration from “A Night On Bald Mountain” as well as “The Planets” and “Hall Of The Mountain King.”
After the intro I made a solo violin statement of the theme much like in the original. Then it is doubled by trumpet with a higher harmony for a second run of the theme. Next, I added a B section where I morphed the theme in various ways, ending with a big E with b13. Then I dropped down for some pizzicato rhythmic phrases and traded the low quarter note rhythm from the A section from the low instruments to the high instruments. Then the french horn comes in with a statement of the Overworld theme, representing the hero fighting back, but with tritones in place of the 4ths. The Dragonlord theme comes back in a new form over top of the Overworld/Hero theme, both coming together for a huge clash before the reprise of the A section theme with more dissonance this time. Then a big crash ending.
Composition Details (Tempo, Key, Main Chords etc):
Tempo is mostly 148 but it slows a bit in a couple spots.
Key is a bit ambiguous being based in mostly diminished chords but mostly Am.
Main Instruments used:
Eastwest Hollywood Orchestra