Alive and well; Natsume’s Book of Friends S6

Yes, I’m still around! I’m mostly playing the accordion nowadays; it’s not exactly the best instrument to have engraved arrangements for.

I recently took my first step into the realm of anime music and made a little arrangement for the opening theme of Natsume Yuujinchou Roku (Natsume’s Book of Friends, season 6), which began airing a couple of days ago. I picked up on the series last summer and… well, let’s just say I can easily dash off a dozen posts on my love for the bittersweet stories and characters, but that’s not what this blog is for.

I got overjoyed at the quotation of Pomp and Circumstance, plus the use of what sounds like the accordion or a portable pump organ. The full version of the song, Floria, will be released in May. Until then, if you are as desperate for music as I am, here is something to keep you busy!

Click on score below to download. Rated intermediate level as it is in G-flat major. Enjoy!

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I’m also working on an accordion cover, but sshhh… don’t tell anyone!

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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!

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

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!

Easter Egg!

Whether or not you follow Easter, here’s a bonus present from the RotG project! Recorded this yesterday with a talented friend of mine. A million thanks to E for making the music come to life on the flute!

First time recording with a fellow musician, and it sounds so much more wonderful than just plain piano playing.

Stay tuned – another cover of “Still Dream” to come next!