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The Music of Super Mario Galaxy – Part 2

After the first part , we continue with the series of articles analyzing the music of Super Mario Galaxy. In this case, we are going to a couple of important themes for the plot of the game: Catastrophe and Peach’s Castle is Stolen.


We see how the piece begins by exposing a succession of four notes which are followed by some timpani, making a very characteristic element. Next, we pay attention to the next piece (specifically from 0:27 onwards).

It is one of the simplest but descriptive pieces in the game. The reason is simple: ascension. If you look at the piece it consists of few elements. On the one hand and after a brief introduction we have a kind of quick note turn – a melisma that travels around a central note – played by the strings and accompanied by a piano on the lower part of the keyboard. On the other hand, at the end of each block built from the previous elements a metal marker that ascends first and then returns to the starting note. After that first round, the first melismatic element of the string reappears with more force, adding the same element at a distance of third. From 0:13, the brass markers accelerate their appearance until reaching a climax at 0:19 where the notes lengthen, increasing the feeling of danger and anxiety, all accompanied by the melismatic element of the string. If we had to make a drawing of what happens in the part, it would be something similar to the following:

We see how each black square approximately represents the appearance of the metals and the trembling lines describe the movement of the rope. The arrows describe the movement of the metals and the rope, letting us see a clear ascent. In short, this theme uses its elements to recreate the scene perfectly. The compositional elements of ascending markers in the metals as well as the melismatic movements in the string are two very simple resources that, knowing how to handle them, can create a multitude of interesting situations.

Being able to draw approximately a piece is indicative of its simplicity and clarity. It is one more analytical resource that, depending on which parts it is used on, can work quite well to understand at a glance what is happening.

What do you think ? Do you see the drawing well identified with what happens in the piece? Leave your impressions in the comments!

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