"Story 4: Tower" from Fire Emblem Gaiden on the Nintendo Entertainment System / Family Computer (1992)
Composer: Yuka Tsujiyoko
Album: Fire Emblem The Best Vol. 1
Label: NTT Publishing
Developer: Intelligent Systems
As you may know, I am currently working my way through Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia on the 3DS right now, which is a remake of the second game in the Fire Emblem series, Fire Emblem Gaiden. Specifically, I am trying to make my way up through Duma Tower for my fourth attempt. While I love the updated music in Echoes, I wanted to know what the song was that I had been listening to (going on 6+ hours now) sounded like when it was originally released back in 1992.
What I find interesting about this song is that the music that is heard, being about a two second phrase, plays for the first 22 seconds of the song. That is a long time to repeat a single two second phrase, but considering that this is the tower belonging to the opposing god in the game, perhaps that was the intent. In FEE:SoV, upon entering the tower, Celica says, "The tower is massive. . .Oppressive. Like Duma's power given form," which I feel is a fairly decent description of this music's effect on the player. Then around the 30 second mark, there is a retardando that makes it seem like the song is going to transition into either a new theme or perhaps a. . .nope, and it repeats back to the beginning.
I have not listened to the rest of the Fire Emblem Gaiden soundtrack, but I would like to think that Yuka Tsujiyoko composed this song to not be overly pleasant on purpose and took a similar approach with the rest of the music in the game.