Go Back   VGMdb Forums > Discussion > Video Game Music Discussion
Register FAQ Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Prev Previous Post   Next Post Next
Old Dec 8, 2012, 10:50 AM
Manolito Mystiq Manolito Mystiq is offline
Junior Member
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 18
Default Any idea what’s going on with this progression of A Link to the Past?

I transcribed all of A Link to the Past note for note exact, and am a very analytical thinker, wanting to understand everything that I touch. However, I don’t understand how this progression works. I know it does work. I know that sometimes progressions can’t really be analyzed vertically, but are delayed movements of tension and resolving. With that way of thinking, I do have some ideas of how it can work, but I’d still like your thoughts.

It’s about this part of The Dark World

Horizontally thinking, the ‘A’ in bar 4 is a delayed resolution of the third chord of the previous bar, which makes the ‘Bb’ a suspension of the Adim7 chord. The ‘F’ in the third bar then is nothing more than a neighbor of the ‘Eb’.

In that sense, the 4th chord is really Fm7 or Fm13 (if you add the ‘D’) with this delayed ‘A’.

Also, bar 3-4 is a pseudo-sequence of bar 1-2, which is another reason why it works.

Bar 5, 6, and 7 are chromatically downward progressions. Bar 6, 7, and 8 are completely understandable, but bar 5 is a bit odd. A bII of the bII of D7 would sound okay, but maybe you’ve other ideas?


Reply With Quote

koji kondo, link to the past, music theory, zelda

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Idea OST Jimby Album Discussions 0 Oct 8, 2016 04:15 AM
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (#500) Zhane Masaki Product (Game) Discussions 1 Jan 22, 2014 11:37 AM
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past - FULL SCORE Manolito Mystiq Video Game Music Discussion 12 Dec 20, 2012 01:48 AM
A Link To The Past Music Medley Swarf Video Game Music Discussion 1 Feb 28, 2012 06:39 PM
0440126525: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past ~ Arranged Tracks by Andrew James Fearin Album Discussions 0 Feb 16, 2011 11:26 AM