Welcome back, Zelda fans and music lovers. I’ve received some thoughtful feedback about this article series on the music of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (TP), and I am quite grateful for the discussion it has generated. This installment focuses on one theme and its myriad iterations, the Hyrule Field theme, so I will keep the introduction to the standard disclaimers:
I discuss the music with regard to the various contexts under which it exists in and outside the series. This endeavor assumes discourse about the music divorced from the gameplay experience. I only turn to gameplay contexts only if it is absolutely necessary to understand what is happening musically. I realize that this approach may be naive, as the music and gameplay are so intertwined, but it is possible to examine the music through ways other than through the gameplay, as I hope I’ve shown in the first two articles.