Music of the Dragon Quest series
Dragon Quest is a media franchise created by Horii Yuji and released by Square Enix that includes video games, anime, and other merchandise. The series began in 1986 in Japan as an eponymous role-playing video game developed by Enix, spawning a video game series that became the central focus of the franchise. The music of the Dragon Quest series refers to the soundtracks of the Dragon Quest series of video games, as well as the surrounding medley of soundtrack, arranged, and compilation albums.
The franchise includes a main series of numbered games as well as several spin-off series such as Dragon Quest Monsters and the Dragon Quest Mystery Dungeon titles. The main composer of music for the main series was Koichi Sugiyama.
The majority of Dragon Quest games, including all of the main series games, have received a soundtrack album release. Many have also inspired orchestral, brass, or piano arrangement albums. In addition to the regular albums, a number of compilation albums of tracks from multiple games have been released. The franchise's music has been performed numerous times in concerts, and in Koichi Sugiyama's annually Family Classical Concerts.
Koichi Sugiyama is the series music composer and sought Enix out. Sugiyama sent a PC game's feedback questionnaire to Enix. He was already a well-known television composer, and, upon seeing Sugiyama's feedback, Fukushima contacted him to confirm that "he was the Sugiyama from television." Upon confirmation, Fukushima asked Sugiyama to compose a score for Dragon Quest. The game's classical score was Sugiyama's second video game composition after Wingman 2. Sugiyama said it took him five minutes to compose the original opening theme, and noted the difficulty in adding a personal touch to the short jingles, but that his past experience with creating music for television commercials helped. According to Sugiyama, the composer has between three and five seconds to catch the audience's attention through music. The theme and his other jingles for Dragon Quest have remained relatively intact in its sequels.
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- Koichi Sugiyama's website (Japanese)