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Air Ride: Celestial Valley

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Air Ride: Celestial Valley
Sample of "Air Ride: Celestial Valley" from Kirby Air Ride.
Details
Debut appearance Kirby Air Ride (2003)
Last appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)
Other appearance(s) Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Composer(s) Hirokazu Ando[1]
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"Air Ride: Celestial Valley" (capitalized as "Air Ride: CELESTIAL VALLEY" in the Sound Test and sometimes called "Celestial Valley" for short) is the theme for the course with the same name from Kirby Air Ride. It was composed by Hirokazu Ando.[1]

Composition[edit]

Soaring above the valley.

"Air Ride: Celestial Valley" is a theme in D minor and 4/4. This track notably features many wind instruments, giving it an airy feel. It starts with a dominant fanfare as an intro. The main melody features a short rising phrase from D to A, passed on among the woodwinds (from an alto clarinet to flute) and a punctuated response from the brass, all with a guitar accompaniment. The phrase plays a second time resolving differently, and the first section repeats. Marked with a transitional cymbal roll, the second section enters on an offbeat, with the melody played by a whistling piccolo instrument and lower, warmer brass. The third section follows with chords, first slowly from an organ, and then quicker and with syncopation with the previous instruments and the low piano registers. They reach dominant, and final triumphant triplets lead back to the first section, from which the track loops.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby Air Ride[edit]

In its debut appearance, the theme plays in the Celestial Valley Air Ride race course. It can be unlocked in the Sound Test by completing the Checklist objective "Free Run: CELESTIAL VALLEY Finish 1 lap in under 00:57:00!".

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

In addition, the track appears in both Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a selectable music track - the former on The Great Cave Offensive stage and the latter on any Kirby series stage, Battlefield, Big Battlefield, Small Battlefield and Final Destination.

Kirby: Planet Robobot[edit]

In Kirby: Planet Robobot, "Air Ride: Celestial Valley" serves as the music for Level 3 of Kirby 3D Rumble.

Other appearances[edit]

This theme was included on the Kirby's Airride Business trip Sound Test and The Very Best of Kirby: 52 Hit Tracks.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese エアライド:ヴァレリオン
Ea Raido: Varerion
ヴァレリオン
Varerion
Air Ride: Vallerion
Vallerion
Chinese Celestial Valley
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Dutch Celestial Valley (Kirby Air Ride)
Celestial Valley
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Canadian French Celestial Valley -
European French Air Ride: CELESTIAL VALLEY
Celestial Valley (Kirby Air Ride)
Celestial Valley
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German AIR RIDE: CELESTIAL VALLEY
Celestial Valley (Kirby Air Ride)
Celestial Valley
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Italian Air Ride: CELESTIAL VALLEY
Celestial Valley (Kirby Air Ride)
Celestial Valley
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Korean Celestial Valley
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European Portuguese Celestial Valley (Kirby Air Ride) -
Russian Celestial Valley (Kirby Air Ride)
Celestial Valley
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Latin American Spanish Celestial Valley -
European Spanish AIR RIDE: CELESTIAL VALLEY
Celestial Valley (Kirby Air Ride)
Celestial Valley
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