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Halo Sheet Music: Scores of Halo – Halo: Combat Evolved

Halo Sheet Music: Scores of Halo – Halo: Combat Evolved Original Soundtrack Sheet Music


Halo: Combat Evolved Original Soundtrack:

Halo Combat Evolved released all the way back in 2001 in the U.S. and some time after for the rest of the world. We all know the giant tale behind this release and what it caused in the gaming industry. You don’t need me to tell you that. This is about the Soundtrack and the Sheet Music for it available here on the Halo Archive.

Halo: Combat Evolved Soundtrack

Halo: Combat Evolved Soundtrack Cover

The Soundtrack was released on the 11th of June in 2002 and a special edition of the soundtrack was released on the 28th of October in 2003.

Made by Martin O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori, While it wasn’t their first soundtrack for Bungie, It was surly one of the best.

Made with mostly equipment and with the orchestra added where machines couldn’t deliver. It set the tone for the Halo sound.

This was the start of the Halo we all know and love. The Monk Chant and the famous Halo theme in E Minor are embedded in our minds and instantly remind us of those days. It’s safe to say it will be stuck there for years.

And seeing how the sound has evolved beyond what anyone could have imagined. It’s sure to be the basis, even now, for many Halo soundtracks yet to come.

From Innocence, unto Valiance – Re-Recording

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Soundtrack

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Soundtrack Cover

The soundtrack was re-recorded for Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary and entirely redone because there was no data left.

The soundtrack first had too be completely transcribed by Paul Lipson, Lennie Moore, Tom Salta, and Brian Trifon before being able to re-record it with the 75-piece Orchestra of the Skywalker Symphony and the choir of the Chanteer Vocal Ensemble.

It was released alongside the game in 2011 on CD, Digital and a Limited Edition Vinyl.  Which was the first Vinyl release for Halo and, since then, 343 has kept the tradition of releasing all major soundtracks on Vinyl. Including Halo 4,  Halo 2 Anniversary and Halo 5: Guardians

( Halo 5: Guardians has as standard Black Vinyl, Clear Vinyl Limited to a 1,000 copies and a Limited Edition which contain a 5.1 Blu Ray OST. Just so you know! )

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Original Soundtrack Vinyl Cover

Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Original Soundtrack Vinyl Cover

Trials and Tribulations:

For Combat Evolved, the tracklist chosen to transcribe has quite a lot to do with a number of thing including. The amount of experience we had at the time, the number of track already transcribed by other Halo fans and the fact that a lot was made with synthesizers and other equipment so transcribing it for piano was hard or even impossible to play (or listen to).  But after many hours of putting the notes on the white the current list is as follows.

Halo: Combat Evolved in The Sheet Music Collection:

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

Now all of these are pretty much the more noticeable, more musical tracks of the soundtrack. Containing my personal favorite from CE, “Under Cover Of Night”  we think the current list depicts the game quite well.

From the strong strings and choir of Truth and Reconciliation, Perilous Journey and Halo, to the more playful songs of Covenant Dance, On a Pale Horse and A Walk in The Woods.

Now you may notice 12 and 13 not being mention on the soundtrack. Well “Siege of Madrigal” is a track used by Bungie in their previous game “Myth” and could only be heard when standing on a specific spot in the game. You can do this in CE, 2, 3, ODST and Reach.  It can also be found sneaked in at the end of the track “Halo”.

Love and a Piano was never featured in Halo. It was a piece Martin O’Donnell never really added to the game. You can find it Here (halo.bungie.net). Never the less when making sheet music for piano this piece is hard to ignore so we added it to the list. Being originally transcribed by another Halo fan, It’s a nice addition to The Collection.

Halo Sheet Music: Behind the Scenes – Editing Over Time:

We started this collection with Unforgotten from Halo 2 in 2007. But CE was the first soundtrack we finished. It is our most early work.  After we stopped hopping from OST to OST we redid all we had on CE in 2012 and all tough the young age in the Sheet Music is noticeable. We are proud with the results even today. With so many tracks re-appearing in the other soundtracks there is little need to redo it again but never say never.

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 1 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.

Thanks to B0r1ng for the custom feature art !

Until next time!

– HurryingCandy

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Piano, Music and Halo. All the time. Player since 2001. Piano since 2006. Halo Sheet music since 2007.

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