Posted on March 24 2020 by Sean Gadus
Despite only appearing in one mainline Zelda game, Sheik has built an amazing legacy. The character who first appeared in 1998’s Ocarina of Time has gone on to appeared in the Super Smash Bros. series, Hyrule Warriors, and as a costume in Breath of the Wild. Overall, the character has become an iconic part of the series, despite limited screen time.
One of the best things about Sheik is the character’s magnificent musical theme. Sheik’s theme is one of the most underrated song in Ocarina of Time. The short song is beautiful, reassuring, and brimming with a sense of unbridled hope. The song sticks in the player’s head long after he or she has turned on their gaming console.
This violin harp and violin cover of Sheik’s theme, uploaded by Patti Rudisill, is a great arrangement of the classic song. Since the harp is Sheik’s instrument in-game, it is fitting that many arrangements of Sheik’s theme use the harp as their primary instrument. In this cover, the harp opens the song, creating a delicate atmosphere of peace. The instrument provides a strong foundation that sets the expectation for what the listener is about to hear.
The use of violin in this version is a revelation, and it broke down my expectations for the arrangement. It is amazing the way the violin player lingers on the last note of a line, teasing the listener and making them wait for the next part of the melody. Overall, the violin adds a feeling of strength and confidence not present in the original. The violin also compliments the delicate harp part, while also filling out the sound of the piece.
What do you think of this harp and violin arrangement of Sheik’s theme from Ocarina of Time? Let us know in the comments below!