Romantic Flight Orchestral

Remember this from five years ago?

I managed to convert the .sib file into the much nicer-sounding MIDI interface of Musescore. Though I won’t be uploading the transcription itself, below is a video with extracts. If you’re really curious about the original score and instrumentation, I suggest you look up John Powell’s original orchestral score.

The 20+ instrument tracks are arranged in stereo, so try listening on headphones for a different experience!

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More HtTYD Recordings

Still missing HtTYD after all these years? Here are some cool performances of my arrangements that I recently came upon – apparently a lot happened during the two years I was offline. My highest regards to all you talented musicians for sharing your love for HtTYD with everyone!

Test Drive for piano four-hands by Ryan Baldridge and Malynn Gates – never thought I’d ever be able to hear this played, let alone with a viking fur vest. This recording deserves a lot more views.

See You Tomorrow by Abiah Bull – The way she tackles all those flying notes, just – wow. At last a recording for this demanding piece!

HtTYD 2 Medley by akkeyroom – Combining all three arrangements apparently ramps up the tear-inducing factor thousandfold (trust me, I’ve been there). Hats off to akkeyroom for playing right up to the last passage. The emotions couldn’t have been expressed better. If you want an even heavier dose, Terry Hankins also made a recording, matched with clips from the film (link contains SPOILERS).

 

HtTYD 2 Medley by Silfimur

To all HtTYD 2  fans searching for more sheet music: I present to you a seventeen-minute-long medley arranged by the gifted Silfimur (a.k.a. Jascha Nakladal)!

 

sHtTYD 2 Medley_0001After turning down several requests for additional HtTYD 2 arrangements, I came across this video. Now, I don’t usually dig into other arrangers’ work, but Silfimur’s amazing ability to weave melodies together so coherently persuaded me to fulfill his open invitation for a transcription. It was a  lot of fun to see how a fellow musician arranges. The arpeggio bridges posed an interesting challenge for engraving, while the end bits include a wonderful take on the Test Drive theme. Overall, the frank, freely interpretive style gives the arrangement a lovely personal touch that I am afraid even proper engraving cannot entirely capture.

The transcription includes corrections by the arranger himself and is accessible via image on the right. A painstakingly fine-tuned MIDI file is also available here. Be sure to check out some of his other works with film soundtrack and Two Steps from Hell!

Please kindly direct all comments to Silfimur, who deserves every credit for creating the wonderful arrangement.

Medley includes:

  • Dragon Racing & Should I Know You?
  • Hiccup The Chief/Drago’s Coming
  • Toothless Lost & Losing Mom/Meet The Good Alpha
  • Meet Drago & Hiccup Confronts Drago
  • Stoick Finds Beauty
  • Flying With Mother & Together We Map The World
  • For The Dancing And The Dreaming
  • Battle Of The Bewilderbeast
  • Stoick Saves Hiccup
  • Stoick’s Ship
  • Alpha Comes To Berk
  • Toothless Found & Two New Alphas

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Looks like John Powell did have a few new tunes up his sleeves after all.

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There you have it: three short quickies in time for opening night. While previewing the new soundtrack, I had almost abandoned the thought of making arrangements when the new melodies came up. If John Powell is not trying to paint the Vikings more Celtic than in the first film, then I have no idea what he is up to.

The rest, being largely replicated from the first film, is nevertheless just as well-orchestrated. Anyway I won’t bother with it. For those looking for a challenge, you might consider rearranging from the twenty-five solo scores up here.

Note: I’m leaving on a long vacation, so consider me out of commission for the next little while!

Cheers,

Alex

Complete HtTYD on Piano Playlist

Ever wondered what the whole 72-minute HtTYD sountrack sounds like on piano? Find out here:

Three years ago, I would never have dreamed to put this up with less than a month before the sequel comes out. That’s how long this project lasted!

Due to school and various commitments, I only managed to record ten of the 25 tracks (plus Zorsy’s amazing interpretation of Test Drive). The rest is completed with enhanced MIDI, in addition to preview snippets. That being said, if you have recorded or plan to record one of the arrangements, don’t hesitate to let me know and I can update the playlist.

Speaking of the sequel, I had a look at some of the released tracks plus the first five minutes of the film. Despite the equally epic atmosphere, it seems that John Powell paraphrased his previous score quite extensively. I only hope that, for promotional purposes, they have concealed some awesome new melodies!

Rise of the Brave Tangled Dragons

It’s here. It’s here! [Purchase link]

As a culminating finale to all the soundtrack arranging over the last four years, I present to you the epic combo of what is better known to fandoms as The Big Four – Tangled, How to Train Your Dragon, Brave, Rise of the Guardians – four of the most popular recent animation films all rolled up into a 15′ piano suite.

The thought of arranging a suite was conceived shortly after RotG. With two of the soundtracks already in my repertoire, the main difficulty was not so much arranging the rest. Rather, it took me over a whole year to organize the various themes and motifs in a logical progression – more like a plot, if you will. Almost everything had to be rearranged to accommodate smooth key changes. Then I took things a bit further:

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True to the fandom spirit of mishmashing, I tried combining motifs (colour-coded) down to the bar-scale and was quite happy with the result. As such, I entitled the piece a suite instead of the often-seen medley. Now, I remain impartial over what people have to say about putting unrelated characters together in any setting. But, at least, I proved that the music blends together more than splendidly!

The suite includes (in order of appearance):

If you familiar with my HtTYD scores, all themes included in the suite are newly-arranged and probably my favourite takes (e.g., Test Drive, Forbidden Friendship) compared even to the recent revisions.

And if you’re looking for a nice cover to go with your score, click here.

HtTYD – All Revised

All final revisions of HtTYD are now published. Score preview videos will be up in coming weeks. So, how do these full revisions differ? More organized layout, unified notations, metronome marks and, where possible, better-arranged passages. If you aren’t so much after the quality as the music, the rough solo scores (via Sheethost) would suffice. Keep in mind, however, that tracks 18-24 are published in full only as revised scores.

In other news, Tintinpiano now supports direct purchase using credit cards. The site administrator has kindly considered my suggestions and created a more streamline interface for international users. This includes a much-simplified registration process and direct credit card purchasing (in US$), eliminating the complicated point system.

Keep an eye out for the epic suite next week!

HtTYD Never Ends

sDreamworks DragonsFirst off, congratulations to Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez for winning an Oscar for Let it Go!

Here’s a little quickie on the Defenders of Berk theme to celebrate today’s season finale. If you still follow HtTYD these days, you’ve got to be a die-hard fan. I can’t believe I’m still finding HtTYD material to arrange four years later.

Another big news: I’ve been making one last round of revision of all twenty-five HtTYD piano solos. It’s been more than a year since the project officially wrapped up, but I’m finding some of my early formatting and arranging styles disagreeable. In addition, there’s still the need to publish the last few scores in their entirety. In most cases, there won’t be major changes and you’re unlikely to notice them unless you’re as picky about my arranging as I am. Nevertheless, considering these are more complete and playable copies, I’m putting them up on Tintinpiano for those who wish to pay for the extra effort at perfectionism after long toiling hours of work. Links will be added to the HtTYD page over the next couple of months or so.

Also, stay tuned, for there’s a big, BIG thing coming up!

HtTYD for Winds

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If piano alone isn’t enough for you (and/or your musician buddy), here’s a new batch of arrangements – for wind solos and trios! There’s been some demand for various instrument covers, but I only stick with what I’m familiar with. All covers include solo part and piano accompaniment. Romantic Flight is transposed to B-flat so not to make people cringe. To get an idea of what they sound like, check out the MIDI preview on the purchase page – they’re a lot better than my software playback!

I’m right now working to revise all HtTYD piano solos one last time, dealing mostly with formatting and awkward passages. Still, in a few cases, the entire arrangement is altered. These final revisions will be published for sale, while the old ones will still be available on Sheethost.com. Amid the recent emergence of HtTYD2 teasers and renewed buzzing within the fandom, I realized it’s best to wrap up all project materials for good before the sequel is upon us – however it might turn out. With John Powell as the composer again, the expectations are undoubtedly high. But it’s too early to speculate!

And guess who dressed up as Hiccup again this Hallowe’en!

Track Name Covers (preview at link) Range (help)
Romantic Flight Oboe+Piano (B-flat) F4-E6
Clarinet+Piano (B-flat) F3-A5
Horn+Piano (B-flat) F3-E5
Flute+Clarinet+Piano (B-flat) Fl F4-A6, Cl F3-A5
The Vikings Have Their Tea Flute+Clarinet+Piano (G) Fl D5-G6, Cl D4-G5

HtTYD for Four Hands

Well, because sometimes two just aren’t enough!

Three new arrangements are now published on Tintinpiano.com, each priced at 50 TWD ($1.70 USD), as always. Score fragments with audio playback are available for preview on YouTube:

Crude copies of the first two were briefly uploaded last summer for a few days before security concerns prompted me to take them down. They have been further proofplayed and trimmed since then, so you’re still getting a better deal compared to the few lucky buggers who were around!

If you are unsure of the quality of these four-hand arrangements, you can use the two piano version of Forbidden Friendship as a free demo – you be the judge!