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Joshua Iyer

Musical Blasts of Nostalgia

March 24, 2013 at 5:55 PM

When you listen to a piece of music, whether it's a certain section that contains a wonderful violin melody or the piece as a whole, do you enjoy it? Do you enjoy and remember listening to it so much that some pieces of music give you a blast of powerful nostalgia from listening to the piece before? That just happened to me right now.

I've just been watching various videos on my YouTube channel, like my violin videos and such, and I came across my Kid Icarus: Uprising video of the first level. The cool thing about that game is, like Super Mario Galaxy, which I talked about last May (I think?), the soundtrack is orchestrated, and so much fun to listen to. The boss theme (click here!) gave me the shivers when I looked it up, because I have such distinctive memories with it. First, there's a little violin solo that is just amazing to listen to; I remember pulling out my violin and playing it. The main thing is the electric guitar that embodies most of the melody. You don't normally find an electric guitar in an orchestra, and yet, here it is! I remember at that time, I was active in my guitar-playing (this was probably April or May of last year when the game came out), and I wrote out the boss theme (and Dark Pit's theme, which has an awesome acoustic guitar solo) for guitar. I don't know; just every time I hear this theme in the future, I'm going to remember this moment. And whenever I read this entry in the future, hopefully I will remember, too! :)

Another piece that gives me a blast of nostalgia is Mozart's 40th Symphony. I don't remember when this was, but when I was three or four years old, I distinctively remember my parents putting in a CD for me when I went to sleep, and this piece played. So every time I hear this symphony (which is the perfect example of sonata-allegro form, by the way), I remember that moment. We will actually be analyzing this piece after we analyze Beethoven's Pathétique for piano. That's a cool piece, too, even though it doesn't have any violin; I played the first movement of it for a piano recital last May (wow, everything in this entry is about last May! Maybe you should go read my entries back then, too.).

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