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Overture from "Dragon Quest I"

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Koichi Sugiyama

Koichi Sugiyama (arr. Toshio Mashima)

General Info

Year: 1986 / 2000
Duration: c. 3:55
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Rocket Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) – 13,200 yen


Full Score
Flute I-II (II doubling Piccolo)
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Dragon Quest, titled Dragon Warrior when initially localized to North America, is the first role-playing video game (RPG) in the Dragon Quest media franchise. It was published by Enix in Japan in 1986. The player controls the hero character who is charged with saving the Kingdom of Alefgard and rescuing its princess from the evil Dragonlord. Dragon Warrior's story became the second part in a trilogy, with several spinoff anime and manga series. As a whole, Dragon Warrior has been credited with establishing the basic template for subsequent Japanese console RPGs.

Koichi Sugiyama, the game's music composer, solicited Enix via a PC game's feedback questionnaire. He was already a well-known television composer, and, upon seeing his feedback, Fukushima contacted him to confirm that "he was the Sugiyama from television". Fukushima asked Sugiyama to compose a score for Dragon Quest. The game's classical score is Sugiyama's second video game composition after Wingman 2. He said it took him five minutes to compose the original opening theme, and noted the difficulty in adding a personal touch to the short jingles, but that his past experience with creating music for television commercials helped. According to Sugiyama, a composer has between three and five seconds to catch the audience's attention through music. The theme and his other jingles for Dragon Quest have remained relatively intact in its sequels. The game's synthesized soundtrack has been orchestrated, and its music has been performed at numerous concerts.

- Program Note adapted from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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