Screen shot 2015-04-20 at 10.18.36 AMEarlier this month Classic FM, the UK’s leading classic radio station with over 5.6 million listeners began their Annual “Hall of Fame’ countdown. They invited listeners to vote on which classical music moved them most. This was the first time that the music from The Legend of Zelda series was considered. Once their countdown was complete, the entire series’ music had placed 84th out of 300.

Hit jump to see what Classic FM had to say about Koji Kondo and Nobuo Uematsu.

In a statement on the Classic FM website they share their thoughts on the impact that both Koji Kondo and Nobuo Uematsu have had on the music for gamers and music appreciators alike.

Koji Kondo has, along with Nobuo Uematsu, become one of the leading lights of Japan’s video game soundtrack world — mostly thanks to his music for the Zelda games.

Aside from this more technical application, Kondo’s music for the games takes on a gloriously pastoral character, taking no small influence from both John Williams and Ralph Vaughan Williams. That pastoral character is, for many, eternally bound up in nostalgia for the games themselves, but melodies this good work whether you’ve played them or not.

It is very exciting to see that music from a video game series is getting so much attention. The talent it takes to create music that moves and inspires so many deserves an immense amount of praise. One of the reasons The Legend of Zelda series is so dear to my heart is in large part the emotions that I experience as I immerse myself in its music, characters, and lore.

How do you guys feel that The Legend of Zelda series music has impacted the music and gaming world?

Source: Classic FM


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