Got obsessed with watching Legend of the Condor Heroes 2017, and just had to try arranging 鐵血丹心, the opening theme.
In my previous post on Electone arrangements, I mentioned doing one of the tracks from Sega’s Ryu ga Gotoku series of games. Well … things happened and I got distracted.
What happened was this. I got obsessed with watching Legend of the Condor Heroes 2017, currently still running on Starhub TV. Went to my folks’ place one evening and there it was, playing on mother’s television. Within minutes, I was all swept up in the story, which by the way, I know by HEART. I was also thrilled by Joseph Koo’s 鐵血丹心 (tie xue dan xin) being reused as the opening theme. This, arguably, the most famous and popular composition associated with the saga.
I … I just had to try arranging and playing it on the Electone.
Anyhow, here is the YouTube upload. 🙂
Free Electone Score & Registration for 鐵血丹心
Warning! The registration is a zip file! You might need to disable your virus/malware protection before downloading. Sorry, I can’t figure out any better way to upload the format.
- 鐵血丹心 is one of those very “standard” sort of pop composition, involving just that few number of chords. But perhaps, this is exactly what makes it so easy and enjoyable to listen to.
- The greatest appeal of the original 1983 duet was the contrast and harmonising by Roman Tam and Jenny Tseng i.e. two of Cantopop most beloved singers. I’ve somewhat downplayed this, however, to give the arrangement more of a soloist feel.
- Lead voice used is Di Zi. It’s per the preset. I’ve tried editing the sound but just couldn’t achieve anything better.
- There is a Gu Zheng sound in several registration memories. This gave me a lot of frustration both to arrange and to play. Honestly, I don’t feel I expressed it that well in my upload too. (The touch is a killer)
- The Stagea choir voices … It didn’t turn out as miraculous as I hope for them to be, especially for Registration 15. I need to … further experiment with these in future arrangements.
- While I didn’t intend for it to be so, this turned out to be quite a drill for the left hand. Plenty of jumps and re-positioning!
- If you’re downloading the score, take a look at the bassline. I’ve kept it entirely to the upper registrar of the pedal board. You might wish to … try playing this entirely with the right leg. You know, as a form of as practice. (I’m not even going to try. LOL)
- Again, if you’re downloading the score, try using a little bit of aftertouch with the strings. It helps with expression.
- Finally, I didn’t add expression marks to the score. But this is obviously a mf, f, kinda composition.
- Update Oct 21: Amended some mistakes!!! Thanks to the folks who informed me. Also added section markings to the score for easier reading.
If you spot any mistakes after downloading, please email me! I apologise in advance!
A Little About 80s Hong Kong Wuxia Drama Music
I’m a huge Wuxia fan. Coming from a Cantonese household, I also grew up watching Hong Kong Wuxia dramas. (On VCRs, remember those?) In fact, it was because of my great love for all these 射雕, 神雕, 飞刀 etc that I eventually forced myself to master Traditional Chinese, just so that I could read the original novels. In turn, reading these novels cultivated my interest in imperial Chinese history, mythology, and culture. Overall, I consider Wuxia novels one of the most positive influences in my life. I would readily encourage any young person to read them. Not just for the action, but for the thoughts, the philosophies, the language as well.
As an Electone player, it would thus be “expected” that I regularly play Hong Kong Wuxia drama music. Most of the compositions aren’t difficult, on top of which I still know the most famous ones by heart. The truth, though, I don’t. I never. In fact, I actively refrained from doing so back when I was taking Electone lessons, much to the chagrin of my mother. Why so? Well, I considered Wuxia drama music … trite. Like many students (I guess), I was all about playing jazz, western cinematic music, J-Pop, and so on. To me, Hong Kong television drama music was, well, too commonplace. Not the sort of thing you play to improve yourself or to show off. I just couldn’t “lower” myself to dish out any on my Electone, to put it that way.
How MISGUIDED I was, agree?
Gosh, misguided is to put it mildly. I ought to be so ashamed of myself.