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Theme ~ Theme of Samus Aran, Space Warrior ~ Big Boss BGM ~ Ending (テーマ～宇宙戦士サムス・アランのテーマ～大ボスBGM～エンディング) is an orchestrated medley of themes from Super Metroid. It was originally performed by the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra as part of the fourth Orchestral Game Music Concerts.
Description[edit | edit source]
Orchestral Game Music Concerts[edit | edit source]
This orchestral medley is a little over 8 minutes in length. Game Music Concert 4 was performed in 1994 as part of an ongoing series of annual concerts in Tokyo. This was the only concert to feature music from the Metroid series.
With most of the medley's emphasis on the Theme of Samus Aran, the overall tone of the performance is proud and triumphant. The other themes are quieter and darker, though the arrangement of Crateria - The Space Pirates Appear sounds considerably more lighthearted than its original versions in Super Metroid. The Lower Brinstar arrangement is particularly somber in tone.
It can be heard here: 
Video Games Live[edit | edit source]
An abridged version of this medley was later performed as part of the Video Games Live concert, produced by Tommy Tallarico. By popular demand, it made its debut in 2008 and continues to be performed as of 2018. In 2016, it was rerecorded by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra for the Video Games Live: Level 5 album, where it is simply titled Metroid. Hirokazu Tanaka is credited as the arranger and keyboardist.
This version opens with a shortened arrangement of Title (Metroid). It then transitions to the Theme of Samus, which combines the original opening of the Orchestral Video Game Concerts medley with the extended credits version from the reprise at the end of the medley. The other themes from Super Metroid are not included in this version.
It can be heard here: 
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Crateria Surface, which was originally named Theme of Samus Aran, Space Warrior (宇宙戦士 サムス アランのテーマ) in Super Metroid: Sound in Action, is not included in this orchestral medley. Therefore, this medley's title may be the first source to refer to the Super Metroid prologue and credits theme as "Theme of Samus Aran, Space Warrior", predating Super Smash Bros. Brawl by 14 years.
- Despite its title, this medley does not feature either Big Boss Confrontation BGM (Kraid, Crocomire, Phantoon) or Big Boss Confrontation BGM (Ridley, Draygon).
- This arrangement was also performed by the NorrlandsOperan Symphony Orchestra in Umeå, Sweden on April 21, 2012 as part of the Score concert.
- The Orchestral Game Music Concerts performance inspired Jeron Moore, who would later go on to produce his own Metroid orchestral medley for PLAY! A Video Game Symphony.
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References[edit | edit source]
- ^ Video Games Live-Toronto- 7 Metroid. YouTube (24 June 2008). Retrieved on 20 July 2018.
- ^ Metroid - Video Games Live (2018 HD). YouTube (14 April 2018). Retrieved on 20 July 2018.
- ^ Release "Video Games Live: Level 5" by Video Games Live. MusicBrainz. Retrieved on 20 July 2018.
- ^ Score - Super Metroid by NorrlandsOperan symphony orchestra. YouTube (22 April 2012). Retrieved on 29 June 2018.
- ^ Darren Kerwin (14 June 2011). Interview with Jeron Moore and Chad Seiter. Shinesparkers. Retrieved on 30 June 2018.