Mandolin orchestras from Japan are known for playing arrangements of music from computer games. I have recently discovered this great example, a version of Battle at the Big Bridge / Clash on the Big Bridge from Final Fantasy V played by the mandolin orchestra of the Yamagata Higashi High School:
Clash on the Big Mandolin Ensemble
Performed by the Yamagata Higashi High School in a music contest.
This music has been composed in 1992 for Final Fantasy V, a game for the Super Nintendo SNES. It is interesting that this music is still popular after more than 20 years.
【FF5】CLASH ON THE BIG BRIDGE【GUITAR】
I have found versions of this piece for mandolin, guitar, string quartet or sinfonic orchestra and have collected the best videos in my playlist. In some of the videos you can see the animations from this computer game.
Playlist “Clash on the Big Bridge” – Final Fantasy V
Final Fantasy Wiki about Clash on the Big Bridge: http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Battle_at_the_Big_Bridge
“Battle at the Big Bridge” (ビッグブリッジの死闘, Biggu Burijji no Shitō?, lit. “Battle to the Death on the Big Bridge”), also known as “Clash on the Big Bridge” or “Battle with Gilgamesh” is a theme from Final Fantasy V. It was composed by Nobuo Uematsu in 1992.
Many version of this piece can be found in the youtube channel of MagirusNecros: http://www.youtube.com/user/MagiusNecros/videos
Music of Final Fantasy V
The mandoloncello (or mandocello) is regularly used in most of the mandolin orchestras in Japan. So I have recently collected some interesting mandoloncello videos and want to present the best videos from Japan in this post.
A side effect of the regular use of the mandoloncello in the mandolin orchestras is that there are many players who are using the mandoloncello also as a solo instrument. And there are also groups like the quartet of four mandoloncellos as you can see further below.
Atsushi Ichikawa has arranged many pieces for the mandoloncello and he has composed his own pieces too. Most of the pieces seem to be popular songs and music from computer games. Atsushi Ichikawa makes great use of special sounds and percussion effects.
Atsushi Ichikawa – Mandoloncello player
youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/revirytic/videos
愛をとりもどせ!!（クリスタルキング） Mandoloncello solo
Take Back the love! (Crystal King) Mandoloncello solo
It is the theme song of the anime of old called Fist of the North Star. Always something I’m sorry only Anison (laughs)
A duo for mandola and mandoloncello can be found in the youtube channel of todorokigentaro.
Youtube Channel of todorokigentaro
Duo Mandola and Mandoloncello
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