Joe Hisaishi is one of my favorite composers and his contribution to the world of Anime Music is nothing short but legendary. I have listened to almost every soundtrack from all the Ghibli movies and I decided to play 6 of my favorite Ghibli songs in one continuous piano movement. The main goal of this medley is to create a otherworldly atmosphere and make each transition between the songs as smooth as possible.
Compared to my usual arrangements, I tried to focus more on the melody this time and left out exaggerated embellishments, only adding an additional side melody if it complements the overall musical texture very well. I am still experimenting how to play multiple melody voices on the piano without sounding too cluttered.
On a side note, I am also very happy to hear that Hayao Miyazaki has took back his plans regarding his retirement and decided to continue producing new movies for Ghibli! I am definitely looking forward to his next movie! Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed the piano music.
Playlist: 0:00 The Girl Who Fell from the Sky /君をのせて 2:33 Mononoke Hime / もののけ姫 4:26 Path of the Wind / 風のとおり道 6:38 The Name of Life / いのちの名前 9:28 Arrietty's Song 11:17 Journey - Dreamy Flight / 旅路(夢中飛行)
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Piano arrangement by Animenz Following Studio Ghibli movies was used in this medley: 1. Laputa: Castle in the sky 「天空の城ラピュタ」 (1986) 2. Princess Mononoke 「もののけ姫」 (1997) 3. My Neighbor Totoro 「となりのトトロ」 (1988) 4. Spirited Away 「千と千尋の神隠し」 (2001) 5. The secret world of Arrietty 「借りぐらしのアリエッティ」 (2010) 6. The Wind Rises 「風立ちぬ」 (2013)
Original Score composed by Joe Hisaishi. The secret world of Arrietty is composed by Simon Caby/ Cécile Corbel.