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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Song of the Week! 17 December 2016

So it appears we haven't had any song features on Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of, if not the single, most well-known classical composer of his time. So what about we have a Song of the Week about a Mozart work for today?

 Toy Symphony (おもちゃのシンフォニー) Leopold Mozart
Allx3 (108)x4 (169)x5 (328)x6 (445/458/485)
PS2 6 (2P)
x4 (167/167)x5 (328/328)x6 (???/???/472) (video)
 Taiko PS2 6, Taiko PSP 2, Taiko Wii3

Psych! We are actually talking about Wolfgang's father Leopold Mozart as the alleged composer of this symphonic piece filled with sound effects of toys (prominently bird-imitating trinkets like the cuckoo and nightingale). Allegedly because there has actually been long-standing disputes, with other potential candidates including Austrian composer Joseph Haydn and Austrian benedictine monk Edmund Angerer.

For some reason, while the audience for Taiko no Tatsujin is definitely aware of the kanji phrase 交響曲 (koukyoukyoku), the title here instead have "Symphony" directly transcribed in katakana instead.

Toy Symphony's Oni notechart is a gimmicky one, but not too taxing. The path forking not only adds more notes and complexity, but course-exclusive scroll speed changes too: the first speed-up (to 1.2x) after the fork happens only to Advanced and Master Routes, and the second (to 1.5x) applies only in Master Route. In pattern terms, the additional notes in Master Route also links a section up to a 33-note stream of alternating colors.

There is also one point when kd kd coincides with the cuckoo calls, the reading kanas following it breaks the typical and forces the don notes to be noted as "ko" (コ), forming pairs of "cuckoo-cuckoo" (カッコ カッコ). This is also present in PS2 6, and hence is way before Warera Muteki no Dokon Dan (most second dons is forced to "ko" to make "doko"). You can almost say the notecharter has been toying with the mechanics, eh?

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