The original version of this song was composed by the honorable Koji Kondo. Please support his work.
This is the final installment in my project to create concert arrangements of all the temple music from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. The Snowhead Temple's melody and accompaniments, in comparison to those of the other temples, wasn't that complicated to orchestrate--however, the real challenge was coordinating an instrumental version of the wind that howls and changes with the music during the entire song. I eventually decided on a weird mixture of two clarinets, a bass clarinet, and a full choir, with a contrabass clarinet and alphorn covering the lowest notes. It's dischordant at times, hardly audible at others, but the wind line was necessary to accurately convey the feeling of empty hollowness that Koji Kondo's original so skillfully evokes.
That said, of the temple re-orchestrations, this is probably my least favorite. I don't think it takes enough risks or adds enough newness to the piece to truly compare to the other ones. But that's just my opinion.
Like the Woodfall Temple, I wrote this in late November; it was a while ago, so I don't completely remember the entire instrumentation. But here's what I can remember:
2 Bb Clarinets
1 Bass Clarinet
1 Contrabass Clarinet
1 Bass Trombone
1 Jazz Drum Set (if you don't hear it, listen very carefully to the crotales line; it's doubling it)
1 Bass Drum
1 Temple Block Set
1 Crotales Set
1 Handbell Set
1 Grand Piano
1 Full Choir
1 Cello Section
1 Contrabass Section
I forget whether or not the low strings actually play, so forgive me if you don't hear them. Also, speaking of hearing, keep an ear out for the Goron's Lullaby.
This song was supposed to have a different variation for every floor, to mirror the change in atmosphere each floor of the Snowhead Temple brings, but in the end I wasn't able to come up with enough variations to be able to write such a piece. As such, there's only a single variation, and it's more for musial variety than for imagery.
Don't know if there's much more to say than that. If you have any thoughts at all on the song, please feel free to share them; any and all comments are very much appreciated. Don't forget to support Koji Kondo's original work!