Given all the video games published these days, only a large handful gets their music to be played by a symphony orchestra. Final Fantasy was one, Zelda is another. The Legend of Zelda series has some of the most memorable pieces of video game music ever. It is a rare moment to finally listen to the music of a game being played by a large ensemble of people. But when attending an orchestra, people are supposed to listen aren’t they? No?
Are they supposed to clap their hands or shout in appreciation of the music while the music is playing?
Ms. Susan Schuyler from SchuylrPR attended a Zelda Symphony concert in San Francisco and observed that there was something, let’s just say, a bit awkward. While proper orchestra manners dictate that there should be respect for the ensemble, what she found was
A constant smattering of applause, deep throated cheers, and cries of outrage during each piece of a medley, effectively ruining both the otherwise deep acoustics and general enjoyment of the concert.
While the statement above was like saying she did not enjoy the orchestra because of that, turns out she actually did enjoyed it in the next statement
The compositions alone, when reviewed in tandem and without the vocal audience’s opinion, were at times superior to the original tracks.
She just felt that even though the symphony orchestra was enjoyable (and really superior,) it was somehow hard to hear everything due to the surroundings which disrupts the general feel of the tracks as a whole. If you take a look at this YouTube video, you’ll find out that there are people who feel the same way as her.
However, we have two sides to every coin.
While general manners dictate that in an orchestra, we are supposed to listen while just clapping our hands occasionally in appreciation, the fact that the show is targeted to an age group that grew up with the Legend of Zelda may also say another thing. Why? Because as Zelda fans, we can say that they were astonished to hear the tracks live and in an orchestra in addition. We can also say that that is their way of appreciating the music that they have heard in all the Zelda games they played. On the other side, perhaps it really wasn’t supposed to be that way. Perhaps it really matters that we stay collected during a symphony. And being silent while the orchestra is playing is what’s expected of the audience that’s listening to them.
While I realize this may be a sensitive issue to discuss, if you have attended one of the Zelda concerts that has been touring the States and Canada right now, what is your opinion of the show? Did you also experience what Ms. Schuyler had? Let us know your thoughts!