"Zelda's Lullaby" is a prominent melody from The Legend of Zelda series, which had its first appearance in third title of the franchise, called "A Link to the Past", but was not yet named. This happened in the fifth title, "Ocarina of Time", where some short melodies of up to eight notes had to be collected and used by the player to trigger certain events in the game. In OoT, "Zelda's Lullaby" was introduced as "the song of the royal family", which was herited down to Princess Zelda as a part of tradition.
Throughout the game series, the melody was used in various contexts and for different things in the storyline to happen, which is why I picked it up in an impro session to model on the versatility of this (basically three-notes) piece. In the end, the impro resulted in a more or less symphonic piece consisting of two distinct halves: A powerful section that points out the strength and independence of Zelda's royal ancestry -- and a softer, almost orchestral part that shows her vulnerability and need for rescue by the protagonist, Link. The piece closes with the TLoZ fanfare from the original main theme.
For those who own a 7.1 surround system, an 8-channel FLAC file can be picked up here to get an impression of what it will sound like in my living room:
- URL: http://via.woody-mc.de/to/dDioIfptn3-JF6YV
- Player: Current versions of Media Player Classic are able to properly play multi-channel FLAC files.
Games: The Legend of Zelda (multiple titles)
Composer: Koji Kondo