Hi all, here’s my entry for the sad music contest. I had a very specific inspiration for this.
First, this was inspired by the tragic character of Sakura Matou from the anime, “Fate/Stay Night Heaven’s Feel.” Although she’s the main heroine, so to speak, she’s not really a heroine. Her backstory is having been taken from her family as a child and was abused and raised by her adoptive father and brother as nothing but a tool to be used in a war between mages. On the outside, she seems a quiet, average girl who’s only dream is to be with her upperclassman whom she has a crush on, and lead a normal life. But she knows that it’s just a dream, as her foster father implanted in her a certain magic that controls her and is slowly turning her into a demonic killing machine to use to win the mage war.
I attempted to compose this piece somewhat in the style heard throughout the series soundtrack, so it has a bit of a cinematic underscore feel. Musically, I chose the key of A minor and the opening piano progression plays around Am7-Dm then moves to Dm-Am-Gm before moving to the Dominant Em. This part represents Sakura’s normal self; the shy girl. The string part moves around some add9 chords, essentially, I think it was Am-Dm-F-Gm , this is Sakura’s darker, demon half. Then the outro is Em-C and I deliberately chose an Am/Em sound to create a sense of duality; instead of having the v-i final cadence, you get something that both feels final and doesn’t. This represents Sakura’s uncertain fate.
Strings: Audio Imperia Areia
Piano: NI Kontakt Library Grand
Harp: Garritan Concert Harp
NI Kontakt Library electric bass guitar
Percussion: ProjectSAM True Strike
Media Man Productions Violin Swells
Mastered with Ozone 9