Nocturne of Shadow
Learning Location and Uses
Ocarina of Time
The Nocturne of Shadow is one of the Warping songs Link learns as an adult. It is taught to him by Sheik in Kakariko Village after completing the Fire Temple and Water Temple. Sheik teaches him the song so that he can find the source of evil that invaded the village. The melody allows Link to warp to the Triforce Warp in the upper part of the Kakariko Village Graveyard, which is the only way to access the Shadow Temple. The "Nocturne of Shadow" is the only song actually required by adult Link to reach a temple.
The "Nocturne of Shadow" is 7 bars long in 4/4 time and, like the name suggests, hints at emotions relating to night and death. There is no true harmonic progression in the first 4 bars. The melody does not suggest any strong tonic center, and the harmony consists only of fourths moving in chromatic parallel motion. The last three bars do contain functional harmony, with an unusual progression of (bVI/VII - bVII/VII - bVI - bVII - I). The ending harmony is unusual for a nocturne as it ends on a major I cadence. Generally, a nocturne will end on a minor i, or a half cadence.
The "Nocturne of Shadow" is actually a prelude, as it begins on low, sad notes and builds up to a triumphant note.
A nocturne, derived from the French word "nocturnal," is usually a musical composition that is inspired by, or evocative of, the night, which fits with the dark theme of the "Nocturne of Shadow."
|Names in Other Regions|
|闇のノクターン (Yami no Nokutān) (OoT)||Nocturne of Darkness|
|Notturno delle ombre (OoT)||Nocturn of the shadows|
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The notes for the "Nocturne of Shadow" on a wall in Termina Field from Majora's Mask 3D
- Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 96 (OoT)
- Dan Bruno, Ocarina songs in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, danbruno.net, published January 20, 2014.
- Enciclopedia di Hyrule, Magazzini Salani, pg. 96
- Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Shogakukan, pg. 154