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Dragon Quest Overture Took 5 Minutes To Write

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Despite some of Koichi Sugiyama’s radical political beliefs, he is one of my musical heroes. I recall turning on my NES as a kid just to leave the title screen running so I could hear his classic “Overture” from Dragon Quest. It’s one of my favorite tracks of all time, and still is able to move me with its simple yet elegant melody voiced by triumphant brass.

It came as a huge surprise then, when I read that it only took him 5 minutes to write. In a recent interview with Famitsu, Sugiyama noted that it took him only five minutes to prepare the iconic RPG title theme which has been featured in every sequel of the game to date. Falling back into modesty, however, Sugiyama noted that he already had 50 years of experience writing music by the time he crated the theme, and it therefore took 50 years and 5 minutes to write. I’m still amazed.

Do you think the Dragon Quest “Overture” has held up after all these years? Are you surprised that he was able to come up with the melody so quickly?w

[via GameSetWatch]

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