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Halo Sheet Music: Scores of Halo – Halo 4 Volume 2

Halo Sheet Music: Scores of Halo – Halo 4 Volume 2

Halo Sheet Music: Scores of Halo – Halo 4 Volume 2


Halo 4 Volume 2 Original Soundtrack

Halo 4 Original Soundtrack Volume 2

Halo 4 Original Soundtrack Volume 2 Cover

The soundtrack of Halo 4 (Vol.2) officially released on the 9th of April 2013. Adding to the first volume more of the in game music. In the first post of Halo Sheet Music: Scores of Halo about Halo 4 you can find more detail on the history surrounding the soundtrack and music of Halo 4 (Here)

 

This updated adds Halo 4 Volume 2 to the collection. While the soundtrack offers some great music, In terms of transcribable music it was sadly lacking. Atonement, Wreckage, Lasky’s Theme and Never Forget (Midnight Version) are great tracks to play on piano (or any instrument) But for a soundtrack of 20 tracks there is little that doesn’t require very specific synthesizer sounds and off key pitches to recreate the music.

 

The following tracks were added

01 – Atonement

02 – Wreckage

03 – Lasky’s Theme

04 – Never Forget (Midnight Version)

Atonement and Wreckage carried a lot of emotion in the music. Lasky’s Theme is tricky. Because it invokes the musicians to end large and grand while it’s design to be kept within certain bounds. Never Forget speaks for itself right ? if it doesn’t you need to play Halo 2 and 3 right now.


Up Next!

You may think hurray ! time for Halo 5 you are a bit too soon.

Up next is the (self named) Digital Soundtrack Collection. We are gonna pick the best tracks from the soundtracks made for Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, Spartan Assault, Spartan Strike and Halo The Fall of Reach Animated. These are filled with beautiful music yet they get little attention. Only released trough platforms like iTunes, Spotify and Amazon, in other words, Digital Only.

If you say “Now normally you guys work by release date, Halo 5 released before The Fall Of Reach soundtrack released” You are right. however in terms of efficiency, style, and the fact the Spartan top-down games and TFoR share the same composer. The wonderful Tom Salta. We though it more practical to do the so far Digital Soundtracks in 1 package and then start Halo 5 as a brand new project.

So while we are laying the groundwork to turn Halo 5’s majestic music into notes on paper for you all to use. We first would like to offer you this.

Before the Digital Collection is added there most likely is gonna be a very special announcement. Soon…  (I love how 343 has turned the word ‘soon’ into something that makes Halo fans ticklish)

 

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As always you can find the Sheet Music Here

You can find the Official Halo 4 Soundtrack store at Halo4soundtrack.com Other stores like Amazon or Itunes also offer most music.

This post reflects my personal opinion and not that of the Halo Archive in general.

Thanks for reading. Until next time!

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Halo Sheet Music: Scores of Halo – Halo 4 Volume 1

Halo Sheet Music: Scores of Halo – Halo 4 Volume 1

Halo Sheet Music: Scores of Halo – Halo 4 Volume 1


Halo 4 Volume 1 Original Soundtrack

Halo 4 Volume 1 Original Soundtrack

Halo 4 Volume 1 Original Soundtrack

The soundtrack of Halo 4 (Vol.1) officially released on the 22nd of October back in 2012. Now the release and different versions available for purchase got a bit more hectic then previous releases. Halo 4 being a big deal for the fans as well as 343 Industries was a reason for going all out it seem, which also started a nice tradition of Limited Editions Soundtracks.

The Halo 4 Soundtrack release timeline:

  • Halo 4 Original Soundtrack Volume 1 released on the 22nd of October 2012.  (Physical Release and Digital)

 

  • Halo 4 Original Soundtrack Volume 1 Special Limited Edition. Released on the 4th of November. It included (next to the standard OST) a bonus OST remix CD which includes artists like DJ Skee & THX, Gui Boratto, Sander Van Doorn & Julian Jordan, Apocalyptica, Caspa and some more great folks. Along with that also a Vinyl of the remix album with gorgeous art of Chief and Cortana on either side. A bonus DVD of the Making of Halo 4 Music and a book that feature behind the scenes photos and footage from the Abbey Road sessions, and Neil Davidge’s production and composition notes as well as a few words by Kazuma Jinnouchi and Sotaro Tojima. Plus a signed Halo 4 art print by Neil.

 

  • Halo 4 Original Soundtrack Remixes (The one included in the Special Limited Edition) Released digitally only on the 15th of November.

 

  • Halo 4 Original Soundtrack Volume 2 released on the 9th of April 2013. While it’s unknown why this released so much later and only digital. It’s a nice addition. It gave some more of the music that happen in game next to the grander pieces included in the first volume. More info at the bottom of this post.

 

A New Story, Creator, Composer.

Halo 4 Art Key 1

343 Industries had big shoes to fill with Halo 4. The soundtrack side of things was no different. Sotaro ‘Tajeen’ Tojima (Audio Director 343 Industries) and Ken Kato (Executive Audio Producer 343 Industries) had to find a composer who would do justice to the Halo franchise. With Martin O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori being gone and leaving fans more then a bit biased on how a Halo soundtrack should sound like. They didn’t have an easy job.

They gave us Neil Davidge, and man it was a good choice. The album debuted the No. 50 on the billboard 200 chart in the United States, making it the highest-charting game soundtrack ever.

Neil Davidge didn’t do it alone however. While maybe from a marketing perspective it’s better to put his name solely on all material. Neil talks a lot about Andrew ‘Drew’ Morgan who helped him tremendously writing the score and Jeremy Holland Smith who arranged a lot of the music together with Matt Dunkley who also did the orchestration. (Recommend everyone to watch the Making Of Halo 4’s Music video. You get to really understand the team effort it took to make this soundtrack)

That doesn’t dismiss the brilliance Neil put into the music. After arranging the soundtrack to sheet music and having had to listen to it more carefully then people normally would (need to?), I can safely say that it was a brilliant beautiful soundtrack with a unique vibe custom tailored to the Halo 4 story. It honestly fits no where else as good as with the Halo 4 in game vistas and art.

It’s been stated by 343 that Halo 4 was the first attempt to turn Master Chief, from the empty shell Bungie let the player glide into, into a fully formed character. While this mixed with the absence of the original Halo theme first heard in Halo: Combat Evolved made a lot of fans uneasy at first. Because it was simply not what they were used to, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t good or (maybe more important) necessary.

But this piece is not meant to debate the quality of Halo 4 compared to other installments of the franchise. I personally do wanna make the comment when the soundtrack first released along with the game the reception was mixed but also overshadowed by the fact everything was new and took getting used to.


 

Halo 4 Art Key 2


 

The Process, Takes, Time (A Quick Word If I/We May?)

It’s quite normal for our releases to have some time between them. ranging from 7 to 10 months. We are now however almost a year after our last update. I thought it be good to give some explanation. With Halo Legends done and saying goodbye to Martin O’Donnells work.

With Opening 343’s can of music and finding ourselves immersed once more in a new musical landscape we had a feeling we could not let this pass. I could not let this pass. I’ve been arranging Halo Sheet Music since 2007/2008 now and it’s become a huge part of my life. My musical stance is completely orientated around the fact I use my equipment mostly for arranging Halo music. Its become very personal and I wanted to find a way to convey that to all of you who enjoy the music and sheet music. But I also wanted to inspire and support the people making this possible for me. The Artists and Composers and Producers and Grims (Insert another 800 Job descriptions) In short. 343 Industries. So while we did make you all wait a long time rest assured it wasn’t because we were getting lazy. Because !

We decided to do this.

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As the banner states – Coming soon! (Really soon)

More info about the project, wonderful people and details are coming soon in a Special Edition of Scores of Halo!


To Arrive or Revive.

Now back to Halo 4. With volume 1 only having 15 tracks we had an easier task of choosing which tracks to Arranged. The criteria were kept simple. It needed to sound on piano, On anything really without exterior help. After putting the soundtrack trough that test this became the final selection

01 – Awakening
02 – Belly Of The Beast
03 – Requiem
04 – Nemesis
05 – Haven
06 – Solace
07 – To Galaxy
08 – 117 (Composed by Kazuma Jinnouchi)
09 – Arrival
10 – Green and Blue

These 10 tracks reflecting the heart of the Halo 4 Soundtrack while also being playable on an instrument.

Awakening was the first piece we heard and although it went trough a large amount of changes before we as fans got the final version. It has been called the Halo 4 theme. While Belly of the Beast, Requiem, Haven and Solace are more mission specific tracks as they each have their own voice. The somewhat grander pieces like Arrival and Nemesis are the battle pieces. And To Galaxy and 117 heed the call of the Space Opera role a Halo soundtrack demands.

Last but not least the most emotional track I’ve ever heard in a video game, Green and Blue. It was a real challenge to arrange this. Mostly cos I dreamt away while transcribing. It’s so full of emotion and soul. With a very spesific purpose. Representing the relation between Master Chief and Cortana. It has been masterly done and while I greatly adore the work Kazuma Jinnouchi is making for Halo. I really want Neil to come back one day, just once, Please?

 


Up Next ! – Halo 4 Volume 2

Halo 4 Volume 2 Original Soundtrack

Halo 4 Volume 2 Original Soundtrack

When the Halo 4 soundtrack first released the only hint we got at a second volume was within the book that came with the Special Limited Edition. Within this book the soundtrack was called Volume 1. Funny side note in the book Neil Davidge mentioned this.

“Everyone has their favorite piece and wanted it in the album. Tajeen / 343 send various track orders over, non of them within the time margin (78Min) I think if Tajeen had his way we’d have ended up with a 4 CD set!”

Which honestly, who would have said no to that ? Luckily 343 released a second volume (As mentioned before and next to the popular remix album) Sadly they only released digitally but they are available in Flac, which makes it OK I guess (Looks over at Tom Salta) Anyway, it has beautiful pieces on it, and contrary to the first volume, the mix is a little bit more balanced between Neil’s work and Kazuma. 11 tracks by Neil Davidge and 8 by Kazuma Jinnouchi. (An link to the soundtrack store is at the bottom of this post.)

We are finishing up work on the sheet music of the second volume as we speak and hope to share it with you soon. You all deserve a gift after the long wait!


As always you can find the Sheet Music Here

You can find the Official Halo 4 Soundtrack store at Halo4soundtrack.com Other stores like Amazon or Itunes also offer most music.

This post reflects my personal opinion and not that of the Halo Archive in general.

Thanks for reading. Until next time!

– HurryingCandy

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Halo Sheet Music: Scores of Halo – The Halo Sheet Music Collection

Halo Sheet Music: Scores of Halo – The Halo Sheet Music Collection

Halo Sheet Music: Scores of Halo – The Halo Sheet Music Collection


Halo Sheet Music: Scores of Halo – The Collection Stats

The Halo Sheet Music Collection on The Halo Archive

 

Halo Combat Evolved Sheet Music – 14 Tracks over 45 pages

Halo 2 Volume 1 Sheet Music – 10 Tracks over 30 pages

Halo 2 Volume 2 Sheet Music – 12 Tracks over 32 pages

Halo 3 Sheet Music Part 1 – 8 Track over 22 pages

Halo 3 Sheet Music Part 2 – 14 Tracks over 37 pages

Halo Wars Sheet Music – 12 Tracks over 25 pages

Halo 3: ODST Sheet Music, Part 1 – 10 Tracks over 24 pages

Halo 3: ODST Sheet Music, Part 2 – 10 Tracks over 30 pages

Halo: Reach Sheet Music, Part 1 – 9 Tracks over 25 pages

Halo: Reach Sheet Music, Part 2 –  9 Tracks over 20 pages

Halo: Legends Sheet Music – 15 Tracks over 35 pages

A total of 123 tracks with a total of  325 pages!

9 Years… 9 Long Years.

Halo Sheet Music Collection

The Halo Sheet Music Collection Logo

Well, That was fun. After 9 years of making sheet music for Halo this is the result so far. We are quite proud of it. Since the last update on Scores of Halo we have remade the sheet music to Halo 2, 3, Wars and ODST.

This coincided with the fact that those soundtracks where arranged when we still used Musescore 1. We are now working with Musescore 2 and it shows. All sheet music in the Collection now is (hopefully) without faults. The Graphic and layout part have also gotten a good look at. And it’s noticeable too, cutting sometimes between 1 to 5 pages of a score.

The Layout is consistent as are the placements for Side Note’s, Tempo and Dynamic changes.

Also all tracks have new MIDI files so as to not leave any change between the MIDI and the PDF versions you can get.

We hope that the Halo fans out that with a musical side to enjoy this. And help other people find this. It’s our contribution to the Halo Community that has been incredible over the past 15 years ! (P.S. Happy B-Day Halo!)

We have tons of respect for Martin O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori for all their work on Halo in the past, and their colleagues.

When they left and 343 had to fit their shoes we were a little bit scared. But Neil Davidge didn’t fail. Neither did Kazuma Jinnouchi, Tom Salta, The Teams from the Anniversary Editions and we have high hopes for Gordy Haab and the people at Finishing Move (Brian Lee White and Brian Trifon)

We as hardcore Halo Soundtrack fans thank and respect you!


We Are Just Getting Started

Now this may sound like a “we are done, goodbye” kinda post but it isn’t. Rest Assured.

We are already burying ourselves deep in the Soundtrack to Halo 4. Which isn’t easy because there are so many good tracks down there it’s easy to get stuck (Green and Blue anyone ?) And the plan for a Collection of the so far only Digitally released works ( Assault, Strike, FUD, FofR ) is also creeping around.

That was it! Short but sweet I hope. Next update will be Halo 4 Volume 1 !

 

As always you can find the Sheet Music on The Halo Archive Forums HERE

 

Thanks for reading. Until next time!

– HurryingCandy

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Halo Sheet Music: Scores of Halo – Halo: Legends

Halo Sheet Music: Scores of Halo – Halo: Legends

Halo Sheet Music: Scores of Halo – Halo: Legends Original Soundtrack Sheet Music


Halo: Legends Original Soundtrack:

Halo Legends Soundtrack Cover

Halo Legends Soundtrack Cover

The Soundtrack to Halo Legends was written by Yasuhara Takanashi, Naoyuki Hiroko and Tetsuya Takahasi. With themes used from Martin O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori. With additional composition and arrangements from Tilman Sillescu, Alexander Roeder, Alex Pfeffer, Markus Schmidt, Robin Hoffmann, Marco Jovic and David Christiansen.

Halo Legends released on the 16th of February 2010 on DVD and Blu-Ray. The Original Soundtrack released on the 9th of February in the same year.

Halo Legends in a collection of 7 short anime type films set in the Halo Universe.  One of the first Halo projects by the at the time, still young studio, 343 Industries.

The episodes include:

“Prototype” by the Animation Studio Bones, “Odd One Out” by Toei Animation.”Origins” part 1 and 2 and “The Babysitter” by Studio 4˚C, “The Package” by Casio Entertainment, “The Duel” by Production I.G and “Homecoming” by Bee Train and Production I.G.

The soundtrack logically has more of a cinematic vibe to it then the other Halo Soundtracks. While most of the tracks are remakes from the old Halo 2 and 3 Soundtracks. There are some new tracks that contain more switches in the style of music then what we are used to with Halo Soundtracks.

 


The Legend Continues:

Halo Legends Cover Art

Halo Legends Cover Art


With Halo Legends we finally started to finish the work that we always had something lying around of. We treated it like a bigger project then before. Looking more at how to play and converting big orchestral music to piano.

During our work on Legends we had to dig in our old Halo CE and 2 work because of the recurring theme’s. Seeing the difference in time and experience we decided to start working on re-releases everything up to ODST. We looked at it and decided that what we had accomplished so far showed huge improvement.

You have already seen this in the re-release of Halo Combat Evolved’s Sheet Music.

Halo Legends gave us the incentive to redo Halo 2 and 3. Graphically mostly with some overhauls. We tested it with CE and the result was well received so Halo Legends brought another positive spin on the collection then just it’s own new sheet music.

Halo Legends just is a brilliant soundtrack.

So without further ado, we present Halo Legends in the Sheet Music Collection!


Halo: Legends in The Sheet Music Collection:

01 – Ghosts of Reach
02 – Opening Suite 2
03 – Machines and Might
04 – Blade and Burden
05 – Steel and Light
06 – Impend
07 – True Arbiter
08 – Unforgotten
09 – Shattered Legacy
10 – Out of Darkness
11 – High Charity Suite 2
12 – Sacred Icon Suite
13 – Rescue Mission
14 – Here in Peril
15 – Finale 2


Choosing Paths:

With Halo Legends relying on existing themes, it was a bit easier to make more sheet music. Initially we filtered on music that was fun and possible to arranged and play on other instruments ( Mainly Piano ) and then taking what we already had and tried to do most of the new stuff. Some old ones are in here like “Ghosts of Reach”, “Impend” and  “Unforgotten”. Each having enough of a twist to make it fun and new.

What remained were new tracks created specially for Legends. Some tracks fit perfectly with only one episode. Like the episode “The Duel”. Other tracks came round multiple times. There are massive tracks like “Sacred Icon Suite 2”, “Machines and Might”, High Charity Suite 2″ and Rescue Mission”.

And there are subtle and soft tracks like “”Shattered Legacy”, “Blade and Burden” and “Steel and Light”.

From the old and never fail tracks like “Truth and Reconciliation” to made to fit tracks like “True Arbiter” to the new memorable tracks like “Rescue Mission”.

We hope we have an accurate representation of the Halo Legends Soundtrack. To most memorable and the most fun to play. We hope you enjoy these new pieces !

As always you can find the Sheet Music on The Halo Archive Forums HERE


Rearrangement Dilemma:

 .Halo 2 Original Soundtrack Volume 1 CoverHalo 2 Original Soundtrack Volume IIHalo 3 Original Soundtrack Cover.

Halo 2 Volume 1, Halo 2 Volume 2 and Halo 3’s Original Soundtrack Cover

In addition to this update which brings Halo Legends to the Halo Sheet Music Collection. There will also soon be an update to the Sheet Music of Halo 2 and 3. ( As mentioned before )

Much like the remake of the Sheet Music for Halo: Combat Evolved. The update will focus on the graphical part of it all.

While some tracks get a complete overhaul most tracks will be the same with minor alterations. This is all in the effort of brining up the older material to our current standard and quality we aim for. Being more then pleased with the effect it had on Halo CE’s Sheet Music we thought it appropriate to give Halo 2 and 3 the same dedication.

So Halo 2 and 3 are getting a makeover. BUT we are currently working in overdrive, to immediately begin work on Halo 4 alongside the remakes.

There will be a separate small update once this is complete for both Halo 2 and Halo 3. While the update will roll from disc to disk. So keep an eye out because the updates to the will come sooner then the final notice of completion.


Up Next !

The Next Large update will be Halo 4!

Halo 4 Soundtrack Cover

Halo 4 Soundtrack Cover

The First Game by 343 Industries. The next step for Halo. Also musically. Finding a replacement for the legacy Marty and Mike left behind was not an easy thing to do. Riddled with a labyrinth of opinions, preferences and first time moments 343 gave us a soundtrack Composed and Produced by Neil Davidge…..

And it was awesome!

As always. Thanks to The Halo Archive for the supportive environment and Special thanks to my music teacher for always being open to the weird stuff I trow at him.

Thanks for reading. Until next time!

– HurryingCandy

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Halo Sheet Music:  Scores of Halo – Halo CE Version 2

Halo Sheet Music: Scores of Halo – Halo CE Version 2

Halo Sheet Music:  Scores of Halo – Halo CE Version 2


For the main Scores of Halo post on the Halo Combat Evolved Sheet Music. Please go Here


– This “Stuff” Is Your History. It Should Remind You Grunts Of What We’re Fightin’ To Protect!

Halo Combate Evolved Soundtrack

 

After years of transcribing and arranging, and the completion of the Halo: Reach Sheet Music. We reached (no pun intended) The end of the Bungie era of soundtracks. Yet the first Halo Soundtrack 343 Industries release was Halo: Legends. Which was filled with themes by Martin O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori reimagined.

So the next update to the Halo Sheet Music Collection you will see will be Halo Legends. Which will complete the Marty and Mike era. Which perhaps is maybe even more important.

You will find more on the history of this soundtrack Here

So imagine this as the last steps before the new and greater journey.


A Little Nostalgic Talk:

While we were looking back with fondness on the Soundtracks and the Sheet Music. We noticed something we weren’t really happy with. All tough, granted, it was the first and we learned the most of the soundtrack to Combat Evolved. The “old” version ( Which WAS available to you), did not live up to the standard we want to deliver to you all.

SO, we redid it all…… Mostly Graphically while some pieces required an overhaul. We remade it in our current style. We wanted to leave the Marty and Mike era behind us with dignity and be able to look back without saying “I wish we fixed this and that”

Adding a new track to make it up, here is the remake for Halo: Combat Evolved.


Halo Combat Evolved in The Sheet Music Collection:

01 – Opening Suite
02 – Truth and Reconciliation
03 – Brothers in Arms
04 – Enough Dead Heroes
05 – Perilous Journey
06 – A Walk in the Woods
07 – Under Cover of Night
08 – Covenant Dance
09 – The Maw
10 – On A Pale Horse
11 – Dust and Echoes
12 – Halo
13 – Halo ( Siege of Madrigal )
14 – Halo Love Theme Sketch ( Unreleased )

Halo Sheet Music:  Scores of Halo – Short But Sweet

 

The series of Scores of Halo continues !

The series of blog posts was originally intended for the work that was already finished, looking back on previous soundtracks. But the reception has been so well we are going to keep this style on the blog here on The Halo Archive.

The next post of Halo Sheet Music:  Scores of Halo will focus on Halo: Legends.

As always, You can find all sheet music here!

HALO SHEET MUSIC THREAD ON THE HALO ARCHIVE FORUMS

Until next time!

– HurryingCandy

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Halo Sheet Music: Scores of Halo – Halo: Reach

Halo Sheet Music: Scores of Halo – Halo: Reach

Halo Sheet Music: Scores of Halo – Halo: Reach Original Soundtrack Sheet Music


Halo: Reach Original Soundtrack

Halo: Reach Original Soundtrack Cover

Halo: Reach Original Soundtrack Cover

Halo: Reach Original Soundtrack released on the 28th of September in 2010. With another new game and another new protagonist Martin O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori made another entirely new sound for Halo.

With Reach being more somber, and knowing from the get-go you are fighting a losing battle, the Soundtrack was more dark and sometimes more solemn the previous Soundtrack.

Martin O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori called in C. Paul Johnson and Stan LePard to help once again. The work for the ODST soundtrack was still in progress when O’Donnell started writing for Reach.

Halo: Reach was the final Bungie made Halo game. And with that we also lost O’Donnell as the main composer for Halo. Halo: Reach was his last Halo Soundtrack and left some big shoes to fill for 343. While it purely comes down to personal preference if you’d ask Halo fans. In my opinion, Neil Davidge picked up the fallen line and handed it to Kazuma Jinnouchi. And 343 is handling the music beautifully and are giving it much attention. It shows in the quality of the recording, the way they release it and the attention for even trailer and side games.

Still I personally hope O’Donnell, Jinnouchi and Tom Salta will get to work together someday, if only once.


 

We Will Remember:

Halo: Reach Menu Art

Halo: Reach Menu Art

With Reach we where sad to know it was our final Bungie soundtrack. While it also gave us a sense of pride knowing how far we had come. With Reach we finished out 100th track. Appropriately it was the track “Say The Words”, one of the few tracks brought in from previous Halo soundtracks. While also being unofficially Cortana’s theme.

With Reach having so many grand themes it wasn’t all that easy sometimes to arrange them for piano. With the track “Tip Of The Spear. Unreconciled” being the prime example of grand and majestic here.

The variation from Piano to Strings to Horns to eventually a grand orchestra made it a very diverse Soundtrack which is always fun because of the different styles you can use.

From the harp in “The Battle Begins” to the raw hammering of notes in “Lone Wolf”.  And of course Ashes and Ghosts and Glass being the beautiful piano pieces.

While it’s mostly new music it’s fun to recognize O”Donnell’s style even here. With the strings in “Wing and a Prayer”  resembling Halo 2.

Halo being the reason behind many things for lots of people. This last set of Sheet Music of O’Donnell is a special set for us and we hope you enjoy it!


Halo: Reach in The Sheet Music Collection:

Disc, 1

01 – Overture. From the Beginning & Swift, Strong, Brave
02 – Winter Contingency. The Battle Begins
03 – Winter Contingency. Lone Wolf
04 – Winter Contingency. Bait and Switch
05 – ONI: Sword Base. Latchkey
06 – Tip Of The Spear. Unreconciled
07 – Long Night Of Solace. Kat’s Plan
08 – Long Night Of Solace. Make it Count
09 – Exodus. Before the Fire

Disc, 2

01 – New Alexandria. Wind and a Prayer
02 – New Alexandria. Reflection
03 – The Package. Time to Dance
04 – The Package. Say the Words
05 – The Pillar Of Autumn. Shipbreaker
06 – Epilogue. Spartans Never Die
07 – Epilogue. Hymn for Reach
08 – Ashes
09 – Ghosts and Glass


With this set of tracks we come to the end of Bungie’s time. We hope this resembles a good summary of the more memorable and recognizable tracks from the game.

Starting with Overture and the Winter Contingency suite’s  for the opening and first time with Noble Team. Then “ONI: Sword Base. Latchkey”, “Tip of The Spear”, “Long Night of Solace” and “Exodus. Before The Fire” as we move along in the campaign and story.

And the more solemn music of New Alexandria, The Package and The Pillar of Autumn. Many tracks are arrangements of fairly big pieces made for piano. Still using the “Zip Style” for the creative and non-solo artists.

Closing with the 2 piano pieces “Ashes” and “Ghosts and Glass” and of course “Hymn for Reach” that plays during the very end, during Halsey’s speech.


Halo: Reach Concept Art

Halo: Reach Concept Art


 

Halo Sheet Music: Behind the Scenes – Please Say You Have It:

With Reach we say goodbye to Bungie and O’Donnell and Salvatori. But I’m very curious as to where the new soundtracks will lead us. If we will will have more great new themes in the future like Blue Team, Arrival and Legacy (Spartan Assault).

We have already seen something completely new with Tom Salta’s soundtrack for the animated Fall of Reach. An official Halo pop song “Take This Life”.  We have seen the old reappear in “The Trials and “Halo Canticles” in Halo 5: Guardians.  And we have new vibes and idea with “Requiem” and “To Galaxy”

All my experience with the piano and arranging is because of Halo and because of O’Donnell and his partners. I wonder what the new music will inspire and what we will learn from it. I can’t wait to share Halo: Legends and I’m more then exited to start on Halo 4.

You can find the Halo Sheet Music Collection here on The Halo Archive forums. Along with all the Soundtrack done, all new stuff will be added here too.  There will be a blog posts with each update. So keep an eye on The Halo Archive’s blog !

HALO SHEET MUSIC THREAD ON THE HALO ARCHIVE FORUMS


 

The Scores of Halo Series: The End

This is part 6 of a series of blog posts that will focus on the Sheet Music that was finished before the project got featured on the Halo Archive. Featuring Halo: Combat Evolved, 2, 3, Wars, 3 ODST and Reach

This is the last post in this blog series. I hope you enjoyed reading them and have some new little Halo knowledge stuck in your brain.

We will be back with the Halo Sheet Music Update 3 in the future.

Thanks for reading!

Thanks to the Halo Archive and it’s members for their support !

Special thanks to my piano teacher.

Until next time with our main posts, Update 3 !

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Halo Sheet Music: Scores of Halo – Halo 3: ODST

Halo Sheet Music: Scores of Halo – Halo 3: ODST

Halo Sheet Music: Scores of Halo – Halo 3: ODST Original Soundtrack Sheet Music


Halo 3: ODST Original Soundtrack

Halo 3: ODST Original Soundtrack Cover

Halo 3: ODST Original Soundtrack Cover

Halo 3: ODST Original Soundtrack released on the 22nd of September in 2009. Launching together with the game, ODST’s soundtrack as well as the game was a completely different approach compared to Halo. With a new story and a new protagonist, Martin O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori went for a more human sound. No cyborgs, and no mysterious choir.

The Saxophone and the Rain you hear throughout the game are part of the “Noir” feeling O’Donnell was pushing for. With the Rookie alone in the rain trying to find his teammates in a deserted city this approach certainly worked.

Besides O’Donnell and Salvatori Bungie’s sound designer C. Paul Johnson and orchestrator Stan LePard also worked on the Soundtrack. With Stan LePard working on tracks such as “Deference For Darkness. Rain” and “Skyline. Air Traffic Control”.

The Soundtrack was recorded at Studio X. With The Northwest Sinfonia that also recorded the Soundtrack for Halo 3. It’s one of the Soundtracks that is generally praised by the fans as (one of) the best Halo Soundtracks . Which can be said, as it won the “Best Original Score” category at the Spike Video Game Awards in 2009.

The 2 disc release represented the two half’s of the game. Disc 1 beginning with “Overture” starting with the 3 notes that represent the text “All A-lone” and ending with “The Office of Naval Intelligence” marking the end of the daylight part. Disc 2 represented the night and evening with tracks like “Skyline” and ‘Data Hive”.


Construction Ahead, Expect Delays:

For Halo 3: ODST we had a real challenge before us. With the community love for the Soundtrack and the difficulty of the music itself we feared we couldn’t really deliver.

Halo 3: ODST concept art - Daytime

Halo 3: ODST concept art – Daytime

The new way of music and the instruments playing trough each other really made it difficult to write it down for solo piano.  And with only “Halo. Reborn” from Halo 3 making a short appearance at the end of the soundtrack, there was only new stuff to make. Luckily we had done this with Halo Wars just before so we where still that mode.

While Wars was new it had a more main voice to follow. Which was hugely different in the way that the music in ODST speaks trough each other. For example the saxophone in Rain and the Piano walk trough each other and this sometimes leads to needing to get the timing perfect because otherwise you hear something completely different.

With the first disc we had the theme and the style figured out so that speeded up the process on disc two. Still disc two has some of the biggest parts of this soundtrack. Most notably “Air Traffic Control”  Has an awesome electric guitar playing along. Despite the seeming impossibility of this task we tried our best to write it down and has helped us grow in our own abilities as well. All tough I admit It was more the love of the track that kept us going at some points.

Halo 3: ODST concept art - Nighttime

Halo 3: ODST concept art – Nighttime

“Orbital Drop Shock Trooper” was also a huge undertaking. That heavy incorporated out “Zip” style. You will find that it’s perfect to transcribe to multiple instruments or play as a piano duet.

This soundtrack took a long time to complete. I started it softly in the background when we where doing Halo Wars. Hoping to get some stuff for my teacher to work with when Wars was done. We are very proud of the results. “Rain” (Also being one of my favorite tracks) Turned out wonderful.


Halo 3: ODST in The Sheet Music Collection:

Disc, 1

01 – I. Overture. Yet Alone
02 – I. Overture. Replacements
03 – II. The Rookie. Strong Silent Type
04 – IV. Deference For Darkness. Rain
05 – VI. Asphalt And Ablution. Still Grounded
06 – VII. Traffic Jam. Look Both Ways
07 – VII. Traffic Jam. Street Sweeper
08 – VIII. Neon Night. Where One Road Ends
09 – VIII. Neon Night. Pounding the Pavement
10 – IX. The Office Of Naval Intelligence. Strong Medicine

Disc, 2

01 – X. Bits and Pieces. From the Ashes
02 – XI. Skyline. No Response
03 – XI. Skyline. Air Traffic Control
04 – XII. No Stone Unturned. Cast Aside
05 – XIV. The Light at the End. Another Rain
06 – XVI. Special Delivery. Mercy Plea
07 – XVI. Special Delivery. Hell Of a Night
08 – XVII. Finale. Orbital Drop Shock Trooper
09 – XVII. Finale. Old Friend
10 – XVII. Finale. Reborn Relic
11 – XVII. Finale. Prepare To Drop


This set of track is meant to depict the more emotional and cinematic tracks of the Soundtrack. With “Cast Aside”, “Rain” and “From the Ashes” being the piano pieces.  and tracks like “Orbital Drop Shock Trooper”, “Air Traffic Control”, Prepare To Drop”, Street Sweeper” and “Hell of a Night” to be the more grand and powerful pieces.

ODST has the strange ability to make you feel alone and peaceful, and with very little effort, pull you right back into the action. When we made the list we wanted to simulate that. The nice calm piano pieces, the string mixed with synth as only Martin O’Donnell can do and the big grand pieces that make you feel alive and go in that survival mode in the game.


Halo 3: ODST Concept art

Halo 3: ODST Concept art


Halo Sheet Music: Behind the Scenes – An Orbital Drop Behind The Scenes

Making the Sheet Music for ODST created quite a lot of pressure. I had to learn a lot of new techniques and learning from Classical Sheet Music to sometimes fix both technical and graphical problems. I can say that from doing ODST I learned the most. And still without my teacher it probably would look awful. So an extra thanks to him for this part. Hard work pays off, and is the best motivator to keep going.

You can find the Halo Sheet Music Collection here on The Halo Archive forums

HALO SHEET MUSIC THREAD ON THE HALO ARCHIVE FORUMS

The Scores of Halo Series:

This is part 5 of a series of blog posts that will focus on the Sheet Music that was finished before the project got featured on the Halo Archive. Featuring Halo: Combat Evolved, 2, 3, Wars, 3 ODST and Reach

Thanks for reading!

Thanks to the Halo Archive and it’s members for their support !

Special thanks to my piano teacher.

Until next time!

– HurryingCandy

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Halo Sheet Music: Scores of Halo – Halo Wars

Halo Sheet Music: Scores of Halo – Halo Wars

Halo Sheet Music: Scores of Halo – Halo Wars Original Soundtrack Sheet Music


Halo Wars Original Soundtrack:

Halo Wars Original Soundtrack Cover

Halo Wars Original Soundtrack Cover

Halo Wars Original Soundtrack released on the 17th of February in 2009. 4 tracks where released on the Halo Trilogy Soundtrack set which released in December in 2008. Containing a 5.1 mix of the tracks .

The music was composed by Stephen Rippy and Kevin McMullan. It was the first Halo soundtrack not made by Martin O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori and all tough O’Donnell was heavily consulted by Stephen Rippy, It was not as if Rippy didn’t have a impressive record himself. Being the composer for all of the Age Of Empires games.

Rippy researched the existing Halo soundtrack as well as digging trough discarded Ensemble Studios material.  He and Kevin McMullan who was the Audio Lead, examined Halo Soundtracks to find themes to reuse in the Halo Wars soundtrack.

Changing his focus from historical settings to a science fiction setting resulted in the use of synthesizer patches and drum loops to make his base. Writing around the plot of Halo Wars, Stephen Rippy produced the first 2 tracks building from Halo as well as work from Age Of Empires that he was fiddling with based upon the surprise of Halo Wars being something completely new, seeing the sights for the first time.

While he certainly used Halo as inspiration he still wanted the soundtrack to be something new. We as fans hear this a lot since Martin and Michael moved away from Halo, But Stephen Rippy was the one who had to prove it could be done.

Halo Wars concept art

Halo Wars concept art

The soundtrack was recorded with the FILMharmonic Orchestra of Prague. With which he previously recorded for Age Of Empires. He liked the sound the orchestra provided as well as the financial benefit of recording in eastern Europe.

The orchestra involved 24 vocalists and 45 instrumentalists. Later the Choir and Strings where overdubbed and everything was mixed in Seattle where O’Donnell attended one of the mixing sessions.

(Personally hoping for a grand  re-recording of the soundtrack)


Melodies of the Unsung Wars:

For the Sheet Music for Halo Wars we had a bit of the same challenge as Rippy funny enough. With it being different from the previous Halo Soundtracks we had to start with a blank slate. We still used our style of arranging and some fan works as well as some doodles of our own but to make in into a true Collection for Halo Wars was a bit tricky.

While most tracks would eventually translate nicely over to the Piano, the sometimes almost DJ style pieces like “Insignificantia (All Sloppy/No Joe)” or the end of “Work Burns and Runaway Grunts” required a more creative touch on how to write in down.

Where as “One Problem at a Time” was odd where the up beat was required technically but I admit graphically looks odd and unnecessary but after long debates we decided to leave it in.

I also HAVE to mention (purely to poke some fun at my teacher who was right in the end, So all in good fun) “Spirit of Fire” has a note where it took us 1 hour of debating whether to was an A or a Bb. Just one small weak string that plays all the way in the background was enough to get a debate going. Weird I know but if you ever wonder just how much effort goes into making the Sheet Music, There is your answer.


Halo Wars in The Collection:

01 – Spirit of Fire
02 – Perspective
03 – Just Ad Nauseam
04 – Action Figure Hands
05 – Part of The Plan
06 – Work Burns and Runaway Grunts
07 – Freaked Out
08 – Rescued or Not
09 – One Problem at a Time
10 – Out of There Alive
11 – Through Your Hoops
12 – Insignificantia


This set of tracks fairly easy pick. For example ‘Spirit of Fire”, Just Ad Nauseam”, “Action Figure Hands”, “Part of The Plan”, “Freaked Out” and “Rescued or Not” are all nice tracks that play during memorable moments in the game and translated really well to the piano.

“Perspective” and “One Problem at a Time” where one of those movie/Halo 2 string style pieces.

“Work Burns and Runaway Grunts” together with “Insignificantia” where a bit more of a challenge where the synth or the bass or the random appearance of a guitar could trow you off.

“Out of Here Alive” was the Forge piece and “Trough Your Hoops” was a semi return of the Halo theme in the bass.


Halo Wars concept art

Halo Wars concept art


Halo Sheet Music: Behind the Scenes – Forge Ahead

Halo Wars was a fun project to arrange into Sheet Music. It offered new things as well as old and opened more ways of arranging for us. It is a beautiful soundtrack and, just as the game, can stand on it’s own. I hope the same amount of dedication is going into the soundtrack for Halo Wars 2.

As always, You can find all Sheet Music in this thread in the Community Creations Section on the Halo Archive Forums.

HALO SHEET MUSIC THREAD ON THE HALO ARCHIVE FORUMS


The Scores of Halo Series:

This is part 4 of a series of blog posts that will focus on the Sheet Music that was finished before the project got featured on the Halo Archive. Featuring Halo: Combat Evolved, 2, 3, Wars, 3 ODST and Reach

Thanks for reading!

Thanks to the Halo Archive and it’s members for their support !

Special thanks to my piano teacher.

Until next time!

– HurryingCandy

@HURRYINGCANDY ON TWITTER

HURRYINGCANDY ON THE HALO ARCHIVE FORUMS

 

 

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Halo Sheet Music: Scores of Halo – Halo 3

Halo Sheet Music: Scores of Halo – Halo 3

Halo Sheet Music: Scores of Halo – Halo 3 Original Soundtrack Sheet Music


Halo 3 Original Soundtrack:

Halo 3 Original Soundtrack Cover

Halo 3 Original Soundtrack Cover

The Halo 3 Original Soundtrack released on the 20th of November in 2007.  Martin O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori used this soundtrack to revisit the old themes and record them with a grand 60-piece orchestra. Also a 24 voice chorus was used for the recordings at the Northwest Sinfonia at Studio X in Seattle. Revisiting the old theme’s as well as making some new ones.

The soundtrack has the same suite style as Halo 2 Volume 2. While Halo 3 wasn’t spread over 2 Volumes, but came out all at once in a 2-Disc set.

Halo 3 was a huge hit and has reappeared on numerous outside occasion including the famous Video Games Live albums. and the concerts of Video Games Live, Play! A Video Game Symphony. The Halo 3 Soundtrack is also available in Microsofts Usage Agreement. For fans to use in the projects like Machinima’s and other fan creations.

Halo 3 is a collection of the old, done grand. While using a full orchestra also made thinks like “Arrival” possible. Subtle pieces yet strong. From the moment you enter Crow’s Nest to the moment you go trough the portal everything sounds heavy and military. The Ark till the end is more the old Halo 2 and CE Forerunner grand. With tracks like “Keep What You Steal” and “Greatest Journey” being the emotional moments that calms you down.


Last One Out, Get the Lights:

Halo 3 represented the ‘end’ of the Halo series. Which was a bit of a downer at the time right ? Luckily Halo 3: ODST came and all was well. BUT. Halo 3 had the approach of the grand end. So in the sheet music you will notice you sometime need 5 extra hands to play it…. Yeah, sorry.

Halo 3 concept art of Cortana and Master Chief

Halo 3 concept art of Cortana and Master Chief

Some material could be brought back trough the work done on Halo 2. When we hoped around from OST to OST we did a lot of all but Halo 3, Wars and Reach almost had nothing done. So for The Collection version of Halo 3 most stuff was done from scratch. Finish the Fight and Farthest Outpost where based on other fan’s arrangements. We rearranged them so it all had the same style and made sense for piano. We finished them one by one and Disc,1 was the first ‘update’ we ever did.

While Disc,1 Is a bit short. some of it would turn into either pure copy paste stuff or some sort of unplayable synth mix stuff. So for some stuff of the first disc you may want to search Volume 2 of Halo 2.

Halo 3 did give us the chance to try and use our Zip file idea. Where the Sheet Music would contain more then a Solo pianist could handle. So while the main voice which could be handled solo and is easy to detect. If people wanted to play with more or on other instruments you can Unzip the Sheet Music so to speak, and convert it yourself and divide it over more instruments.


Halo 3 in the Sheet Music Collection:

Disc, 1

01 – Arrival. Luck
02 – Crow’s Nest. Last of The Brave
03 – The Storm. This is Our Land
04 – The Storm. To Turn a Tide
05 – The Storm. This is the Hour
06 – Floodgate. Black Tide
07 – Floodgate. Follow Our Brothers
08 – The Ark. Farthest Outpost

Disc, 2

01 – The Covenant. Three Gates
02 – The Covenant. Leonidas Returns
03 – The Covenant. Heroes Also Fall
04 – The Covenant. Familiar Ring
05 – Cortana. No More Dead Heroes
06 – Cortana. Keep What You Steal
07 – Halo. Halo Reborn
08 – Halo. Greatest Journey
09 – Halo. Halo Finale
10 – Ending. Tribute
11 – Ending. Price Paid
12 – Ending. Wake Me When You Need Me
13 – Never Forget
14 – Finish The Fight


Halo 3 concept cover art

Halo 3 concept cover art

The set of tracks we wanted to do was easy to come up with. Delivering was a bit more difficult. We started with almost all of the tracks selected we first ran into the wall of synths and the weird choir Martin O’Donnell seems to adore for Flood missions. With all those track cut and with Halo 3 talking the longest to complete we eventually ended up with this.

Starting with “Arrival” and “Crow’s Nest. Last of The Brave” as a representation of the start of the game we proceeded to the pieces of “The Storm” and “Floodgate”.

The Ark being the most similar to Halo CE and 2’s OST. “Farthest Outpost” was done because it was truly a nice piece for piano and one of the more memorable while playing between the rocks and “Delicate Facility’s”.

We moved on to “The Covenant” (Note: The track “One Final Effort” is publish by Alfred Music Publishing!) With the familiar, grand themes. Then the level “Cortana” with the small tribute to “Captain Keyes” in the track ” Cortana. No More Dead Heroes” and the famous Cortana theme “Keep What You Steal”

Ending with the tracks Halo, Ending, Never Forget and Finish The Fight as the grand ending.

This set of tracks we believe is a nice representation of the soundtrack while (As always) is still nice to play on piano (and other instruments)


Halo 3 Installation 04B concept art

Halo 3 Installation 04B concept art


Halo Sheet Music: Behind the Scenes – Halo 3: Finishing The Ark Of Music

With Halo 3 finished. We couldn’t be happier. Almost 10 months of listening to 1 soundtrack, getting to know all the in’s and out’s of the soundtrack. We finally had a true collection of Halo 3. With a new record of tracks finished but also pages for 1 soundtrack. It still is a lot of fun returning and play the notes of Halo 3.

And now,  we could move on the something completely different. Halo Wars!

As always, You can find all Sheet Music in this thread in the Community Creations Section on the Halo Archive Forums.

Halo Sheet Music Thread on the Halo Archive Forums


 

The Scores of Halo Series:

This is part 3 of a series of blog posts that will focus on the Sheet Music that was finished before the project got featured on the Halo Archive. Featuring Halo: Combat Evolved, 2, 3, Wars, 3 ODST and Reach

Thanks for reading!

Thanks to the Halo Archive and it’s members for their support !

Special thanks to my piano teacher.

Until next time!

– HurryingCandy

@HurryingCandy on Twitter

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Halo Sheet Music: Scores of Halo – Halo 2

Halo Sheet Music: Scores of Halo – Halo 2

Halo Sheet Music: Scores of Halo – Halo 2 Volume I & II Original Soundtrack Sheet Music


 

Halo 2 Volume I:

Halo 2 Original Soundtrack Volume 1 Cover

Halo 2 Original Soundtrack Volume 1 Cover

Halo 2 Volume I released on the 9th of November in 2004. Releasing together with the game itself. Containing some of the music the game contained, and for the first time in Halo, songs. Incubus and Breaking Benjamin made the songs on the soundtrack. Such as “Blow Me Away” and “The Movement of The Odyssey”. While Steve Vai made an appearance in “Halo Theme ( Mjolnir Mix  )”.

The first volume was a collection of songs and pieces that could stand on their own unlike the second volume where the suite style was used.

While the songs would only feature instrumentally in the game itself you can still hear the small drops of volume where the lyrics are supposed to be. The songs can only be hear with lyrics on the first volume and don’t come back instrumentally like in the game on the second volume.

The 1st Volume contains some of the bigger orchestral pieces that the Halo soundtracks have to offer. Like Earth City and the Last Spartan. While Peril, Impend, In Amber Clad and High Charity are beautiful pieces that often have to hide behind gunfire and plasma shots, they do contain a lot of the signature Halo sound that the future soundtracks are inspired from.


Halo 2 Volume II:

Halo 2 Original Soundtrack Volume II

Halo 2 Original Soundtrack Volume II

Halo 2 Volume II was released on the 25th of April in 2006. With the first volume coming out with the game and be more of a “Movement”  Style. The second volume released some time after and was the first time Martin O’Donnell made use of the Suite idea. With the music arranged in such a way that the order of the OST enabled you to close your eyes and see the game happening before you in the same order you played the campaign.

Even though Volume 2 has less tracks the average length is quite a lot bigger with “Delta Halo Suite” being close to 12 minutes.

Featuring Steve Vai on the track “Reclaimer”. The soundtrack is very diverse. From the long and heavy strings of the Sacred Icon Suite to the monumental piano piece of Unforgotten which would later grown into Never Forget for Halo 3, a fan favorite, to the drums of the Mombasa Suite and the synths of High Charity Suite.

Halo 2 Is our favorite Halo Soundtrack. It added so much to the Halo soundscape and was very memorable as the campaign unfolded before your eyes. It gave a soundtrack to the Covenant, to Humanity, and to the Flood and the Forerunners.


 

Once More, with Feeling:

Halo 2 Anniversary Original Soundtrack

Halo 2 Anniversary Original Soundtrack

The soundtrack was re-recorded for the anniversary edition contained in Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

The soundtrack was re-recorded with the San Francisco Symphony at the studio’s of Skywalker Sound. While it wasn’t done it the same way as Halo: CEA. They made more of a collection set and released them on a 2-Disc CD album, Digitally and a Vinyl version containing a digital download card. The soundtrack was released on the 11th of November in 2014.

Steve Vai returned to re-record his part and 343 Industries got Misha Mansoo to make 2 new songs to replace The Movement of The Odyssey. All original tracks are still available in the “Classic Mode” of the game while the re-recorded tracks with Steve Vai and the new ones by Misha Mansoo can be heard in the “Remastered Mode”


Halo 2 Anniversary Original Soundtrack Vinyl Edition

Halo 2 Anniversary Original Soundtrack Vinyl Edition


 

Off The Rock, Through The Bush, Nothing But Sheet Music:

For Halo 2 volumes 1 & 2 we had quite a lot of material to dig into when we were putting all of our old work together. Including our first, “Unforgotten”

When we worked on finishing Halo 2 we had a lot of our old notes, sketches and a lot of other fan made material like the Earth City Duet.  It was a lot of work making it look as good as we wanted it to be. There where so many different ways the music was played and sometimes the page was so full of side notes we just deleted it all and started from scratch because we said “No one will get what we are writing here” and that was the whole point. To be able to share it with the community.

Halo 2 Logo

Halo 2 Logo

After we finished Volume 1. (Side note, The Halo Theme Mjolnir Mix is already published trough Alfred Music Publishing!)  We had a good idea of what kind of standard we wanted to have. Because even though we finished Combat Evolved. We still did not have a comfortable template with fixed rules to work by.

After we had done Halo 2 Volume 2 we had proven to ourself that our style of arranging would work, leaving a result we where happy with while it still being done within a good time frame

( We do everything in our free time, but it’s not fun to be stuck with 1 album for most of a year)

Halo 2 Volume 2 has had a big role in beginning this collection. It gave us “Unforgotten” which started it all and gave us the template and still we wanted to continue in. It’s also part of our first online appearance on HaloWaypoint’s forum where the sheet music from Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2 Volume I and Halo 2 Volume 2 were available.

It is my personal favorite soundtrack and can takes a large part of my initial love for soundtracks.


Halo 2 in The Sheet Music Collection:

Volume I:

01 – Peril
02 – Heretic, Hero
03 – Flawed Legacy
04 – Impend
05 – In Amber Clad
06 – The Last Spartan
07 – Heavy Price Paid
08 – Earth City ( Piano Duet )
09 – Remembrance

Volume II:

01 – Prologue
02 – Mombasa Suite I. Metropole
03 – Unforgotten
04 – Delta Halo Suite I. Penance
05 – Delta Halo Suite III. Leonidas
06 – Delta Halo Suite IV. Dust and Bones
07 – Sacred Icon Suite
08 – High Charity Suite I. Rue and Woe
09 – Finale
10 – Epilogue


The set of tracks we made for Halo 2 wasn’t chosen easily. While some tracks, containing the synth music you hear when the Flood appears for example, are easily cut because that just isn’t for piano.

Some were easy like Unforgotten, Sacred Icon Suite, High Charity Suite, Peril, Impend and Heavy Price Paid, because of their style.  In Amber Clad and Flawed Legacy for example where a bit more difficult to write down with it still being nice to play.

Sacred Icon Suite has a nice piece of history were the famous horns where arranged by everyone at the time. And why not ? It’s the Arbiter’s/Covenant theme. But the string parts after never were. While it was still part of it track. While we have a rule we work by, where when we pick a track name or a part name, we will do the entire piece. We disliked the concept of playing cut of tracks.

Epilogue was also quite a test. There were a lot of versions floating around and after hours of copy and pasting we finally just did our own version. And it turned out great!


 

Halo 2 Anniversary Concept Art

Halo 2 Anniversary Concept Art


 

Halo Sheet Music: Behind the Scenes – That Old Familiar Tune:

In 2007 we started with Unforgotten, In 2011 we started to re-write it all soundtrack by soundtrack and at the end of 2012 we had the first 3 soundtracks done. It went online and the response was beyond believe. It was a great motivator to keep going and we slowly but surely started to get a good pace in which we added new Sheet Music to the Collection.

As always, You can find all Sheet Music in this thread in the Community Creations Section on the Halo Archive Forums.

Halo Sheet Music Thread on the Halo Archive Forums


 

The Scores of Halo Series:

This is part 2 of a series of blog posts that will focus on the Sheet Music that was finished before the project got featured on the Halo Archive. Featuring Halo: Combat Evolved, 2, 3, Wars, 3 ODST and Reach

Thanks for reading!

Thanks to the Halo Archive and it’s members for their support !

Special thanks to my piano teacher.

Until next time!

– HurryingCandy

@HurryingCandy on Twitter

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