A Well-Earned Rest

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A Well-Earned Rest
Various music tracks (some clipped to 30 seconds) for A Well-Earned Rest.
Details
Debut Appearance Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
Last Appearance Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn
Other Appearance(s) Kirby Super Star Ultra
Kirby's Epic Yarn
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Kirby Star Allies
Composer(s) Jun Ishikawa
Hirokazu Ando
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A Well-Earned Rest[1] is the name of the theme that first appeared in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards while selecting one of Ripple Star's stages. It has since been remixed several times over the course of the series.

Composition[edit]

A Well-Earned Rest follows a simple 4/4 time signature with a single melodic bar in its simplest incarnations. It is notable for being a short song in most cases despite its prevalence in the series, since it was originally composed for a stage select screen (an area the player is not meant to spend much time in). Most subsequent uses of the track keep it short, though the version used in Kirby's Epic Yarn and Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn is a notable exception.

Appearances[edit]

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards[edit]

This theme first appeared here, as the level select theme for Ripple Star. This version is somewhat loud and active in nature, featuring many layered flute-like instruments and percussion at a high tempo.

Kirby Super Star Ultra[edit]

This theme appeared in Helper to Hero, as the rest point's theme. This was the first instance of the theme being used in a more calm tempo with a relaxed instrumentation.

Kirby's (Extra) Epic Yarn[edit]

This theme appeared here as Dream Land's theme. It follows the mellow tone from the Kirby Super Star Ultra version. Notably, this is the only version that uses a different key, and a Triangle is used as the primary instrument, backed by piano.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

This theme appeared in The True Arena, as the rest point's theme. This track also follows the mellow tone from the Kirby Super Star Ultra version, though it uses more elaborate instrumentation and features a bend in the tempo near the beginning and end of the track.

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

This theme appeared as the results screen theme for The True Arena. It is similar to the version from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, but with different digital-sounding instruments.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

This theme was combined with Miracle Matter's theme and 0²'s theme for a remix in Kirby Star Allies. This remix is used for the fight against Morpho Knight when using Adeleine & Ribbon. As of Version 4.0.0, this remix can be heard as Track 178 of the Jukebox.

Other arrangements[edit]

Variants of A Well-Earned Rest have appeared outside of the games themselves. Two in particular appear on the Kirby 25th Anniversary Orchestra Concert CD set. The first comes from the Kirby's Dream Land 3 / Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Medley and is the fourth part of the performance. The second comes from the Disk 2 track Epic Yarn and is the fourth part of the performance. Both take cues from their respective versions from the games represented in the medleys.

References

  1. Named in the Kirby: Triple Deluxe Soundtrack CD