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Legend of Zelda -- ゼルダの伝説 -- Horse Race -- 競馬 piano sight-read by Tom Brier

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Uploaded on Jul 13, 2010

Yes, this is his first time seeing or hearing the music.

I've had countless requests to give Tom music from the Zelda series, but there is no ragtime in it as far as I know (having never played the games). However, I was informed of a couple tunes that could translate into ragtime. This sort of bluegrass fiddle tune translates the best.

The arrangement I was shown comes from a songbook published in Japan. The arrangements in there are way oversimplified. They don't even do the right bass notes, and the melodies are in single notes. You'll notice on the score here a few penned-in corrections that I had thrown in.

But the simplified score meant that Tom was more free to fill it in his own way, much like the popular video of him riffing off the Birabuto Kingdom theme.

The result is a great big yee-haw romp!

The tune was composed by Koji Kondo -- 近藤浩治 -- and appears both in Majora's Mask -- ムジュラの仮面 -- and The Ocarina of Time -- 時のオカリナ.

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