Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Original Game Soundtrack

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Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Original Game Soundtrack
Castlevania Symphony of the Night Original Game Soundtrack.jpg
Soundtrack album by Michiru Yamane
Released April 9, 1997 (Japan)
December 11, 2007 (Worldwide)[1]
Recorded 1997
Genre Video game soundtrack
Length 68:28
Label Capitol/Konami

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Original Game Soundtrack originally released in Japan as Akumajou Dracula X: Nocturne in the Moonlight ORIGINAL GAME SOUNDTRACK (悪魔城ドラキュラX: 月下の夜想曲 Akumajō Dracula X: Gekka no Yasōkyoku?) is the original soundtrack for the 1997 Konami video game Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. All of the tracks included appear in the PlayStation version of the game. Additional music from the Sega Saturn version was not included due to that verision being released over a year later. The soundtrack was released worldwide via iTunes on Dec 11, 2007.[1]

Creation and development[edit]

The composer, Michiru Yamane, created a wide range of musical types for her pieces, and it lends to the game in creating particular moods for every area. As an example, The Royal Chapel's theme, "Requiem for the Gods," consists of still, ancient vocals, tolling bells, an organ, and a steady, reserved drum beat to maintain a flow. The Underground Cavern's theme, alternately, employs a deep bass and a contemporary-jazz tone with its piano and distorted drums.

There are different theme songs for the Inverted Castle. Most take on a chaotic or sprawling nature. The dominant melody that plays is "Finale Toccata," which contains elements of one of Johann Sebastian Bach's most famous organ compositions, "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor".

Yamane added in some remixes of songs from previous games, such as Richter Belmont's theme from Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, and "Dance of Illusions," Dracula's most frequently used battle theme from the series.

An English version of the disc's tenth track "Nocturne" was included in the game's North American release and performed by Wendee Lee.

The disc's final song, "I am the Wind," played during the game's ending credits, is performed by Cynthia Harrell. Harrell later sang the theme for the Konami hit, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. The song was omitted from the iTunes release.

In addition to this soundtrack album excluding the Sega Saturn exclusive tracks, it lacks the music used when visiting the Master Librarian. This was the only song featured in Symphony of the Night to use the PlayStation's internal synth.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Michiru Yamane, except where noted[2]

No. Title Length
1. "Metamorphosis NO.1"   1:05
2. "Prologue"   1:27
3. "Illusionary Dance" (Tomoko Sano) 1:20
4. "Nocturne in the Moonlight"   1:45
5. "Prayer"   0:59
6. "Dracula Castle"   1:53
7. "Dance of Gold"   1:53
8. "Marble Gallery"   1:25
9. "Tower of Evil Mist"   2:48
10. "Nocturne"   2:21
11. "Wood Carving Partita"   2:44
12. "Doorway of Spirits"   1:29
13. "Festival of Servants"   1:51
14. "Resting Place"   0:18
15. "Requiem for the Gods"   2:10
16. "Crystal Teardrops"   2:03
17. "Departed Way"   2:14
18. "Rainbow Cemetery"   2:47
19. "Silence"   0:19
20. "Lost Paintings"   1:42
21. "Dance of Pearls"   2:31
22. "Cursed Sanctuary"   1:16
23. "Demonic Banquet"   2:09
24. "Wandering Ghosts"   2:52
25. "The Tragic Prince"   4:05
26. "Doorway to the Abyss"   1:47
27. "Doorway to Heaven"   1:51
28. "Death's Ballad"   1:41
29. "Strange Bloodlines" (akiropito) 1:34
30. "Metamorphosis NO.2"   0:37
31. "Finale Toccata"   5:12
32. "Black Banquet"   2:54
33. "Metamorphosis NO.3"   0:48
34. "I am the Wind" (Rika Muranaka, Tony Hayes, Jeff Lorber) 4:38
Total length:
68:28
Note
  • The tracks "Nocturne" and "I Am The Wind" were omitted from the 2007 digital release due to legal issues.[3]

Reception[edit]

The music was very well received. It is often cited as one of the best video game soundtracks of all time.[citation needed] Chudah's Corner gave it an A+.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Music - Castlevania Symphony of the Night (Original Game Soundtrack) by Michiru Yamane". iTunes. Retrieved June 19, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Akumajo Dracula X ~Gekka no Nocturne~ Original Game Soundtrack". VGMdb.net. KICA-7760. Retrieved June 5, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Castlevania Symphony of the Night Official Game Soundtrack". VGMdb.net. Retrieved June 19, 2015. 
  4. ^ Chudah's Corner review

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