March 20, 2009

“Midna’s Desperate Hour” Sheet Music, from Zelda: Twilight Princess

I received a few requests to perform “Midna’s Desperate Hour” from Twilight Princess on YouTube, so I transcribed it to sheet music a few months ago in preparation. 


Midna’s Desperate Hour
Format: PDF
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Info: A somber piano piece that occurs when Link carries the weakened, wounded Midna to see Princess Zelda. (Hear the original.)


I’m more likely to transcribe a simple piano piece than an orchestral one, even though playing complex music from sheet music seems more helpful. With orchestral pieces, I like having the freedom to choose what instruments and musical textures to accent, and I interpret the original differently each time I perform it. Transcribing notes to paper is difficult when I don’t have a specific plan (as opposed to something like the “Boss Battle Piano Medley” arrangement.)

On the other hand, when the original piece is a piano solo, I try to replicate it note-for-note, which makes writing sheet music more helpful. That being said, please enjoy “Midna’s Desperate Hour.”

26 comments:

  1. i really love this piece. it reminds me so much of everything that has happened. good or bad. it to me has a great mystery inside of the music. a message if you will. and wether its good or bad its up to you!

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  2. I love this music so much! It's very beautiful. I've been wanting the sheet music for a while now. Thanks a lot for transcribing and posting it! The only thing I'm not sure about is how to do the fingerings for the bass clef. But I can ask my piano teacher about that. Thanks again!

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  3. Wow...what you do inspires me to play the piano more. It's interesting how you're able to transpose these pieces. How do you do it? Is there some sort of program?

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  4. Oops, I said "transpose" (too many piano words in my head).
    I meant "transcribe."

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  5. It's a great piece of music and while playing it, I feel kind a sad. It's wonderful and applaudable that someone is able to compose such music, that can releases so many emotions in yourself. Thank you so much for posting it! (Sorry for my bad english)

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  6. Thank you for this beautiful music! You play beautifully.

    I have a question though...I'm pretty sure there's a part missing in your sheets. The end, to be more precise... I think the sheets stop at what I would guess is 1:30 in your video. It doesn't make this transcript any less awesome, but just thought you should know, in case you didn't!

    raokhshna@hotmail.com

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  7. @rakohshna - Thank you very much! To answer your question, I wrote out the sheet music before I played it and placed a repeat sign at the end to indicate where the music loops in the game. When I was making the video, I improvised the ending.

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  8. Thanks!

    Very nice improvisation ;P Thanks again for the sheets, I'm having lots of fun learning this ^^

    Raokhshna

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  9. Thanks heaps. Awesome transcribe =D

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  10. the sheet music at the end has a repeat sign. where do we repeat?

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  11. You're realy good ;D .. better than me! x)

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  12. wow! i've searched far and wide for this song and you've done a great job transcribing it! thankyou, i love this song!

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  13. The pdf is such a great way to have lots of fun, specially if you like Zelda and stuff.
    I just can say thanks the prank

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  14. Wow you play so beautifully! you sound just like you were the person that created the music for the game! I love your music! keep up the awesome work :D

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  15. This Piece is just so beautiful, i am very happy you made this! :D

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  16. Thanks for the information, I'm just downloading the OST, I guess I would find it there.

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  17. Excellent post, I've been doing the best effort to understand the main line, and I won't forget the principal point, but I will do my best try to visit it again, and read each entry done. 23jj

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  18. Timmy Turner's Papa BearApril 15, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Very Well Done my Dear.

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  19. You do realize this piece is really titled "Midna's Lament" right?

    Your title is wrong. I like the piece, but would it hurt to correct the title?

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  20. To above: "Midna's Desperate Hour" is its official title listed in Smash Bros. Brawl. I ended up choosing it over "Lament" because this piece doesn't follow the musical characteristics of a lament (a chromatically descending ostinato in the bass, like in "Dido's Lament" by Purcell or "Jack's Lament" from the Nightmare Before Christmas).

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  21. <3 You're my secret pianist hero ;) thank you for sharing your talent

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  22. u have heaps of talent on the piano. u r my idol

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  23. The download link's dead... Can you fix it?

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  24. i really want to learn this, but the download link isn't working :(

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  25. Please fix the link----I would love to play this!

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