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Flight of Azure

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Flight of Azure
Various arrangements of "Flight of Azure".
Details
Debut appearance Kirby: Planet Robobot (2016)
Last appearance Kirby's Blowout Blast (2017)
Composer(s) Hirokazu Ando[1]
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"Flight of Azure"[2] is a musical track composed for Kirby: Planet Robobot by Hirokazu Ando.[1]

Composition[edit]

The original theme, set in C major, starts with the primary phrase of "The Noble Haltmann", but in double time and with adjusted note timings. Whereas the original and "Venturing into the Mechanized World", the other prominent rearrangement of "The Noble Haltmann" in Kirby: Planet Robobot, mutate the main phrase (to rise to G instead of ending the measure on D) on its second invocation, "Flight of Azure" only does this on the third invocation.

Further elaboration on the "Haltmann" motif is then followed by repetitions of the same phrase, but modulating through keys of G#, B, and E (up through the first inversion of an inverted E triad), before transitioning back into C major. The main melody then hits descending C and D triads before one final repetition of the primary "Haltmann" phrase before the loop point.

Game appearances[edit]

"Flight of Azure" features in Kirby: Planet Robobot whenever Kirby transforms the Robobot Armor into Jet Mode.

"Flight of Azure" serves as the theme for Robobot Armor's Jet Mode, and de facto as a stage theme for stages that prominently feature Jet Mode (Resolution Road - Stage 2, Gigabyte Grounds - Stage 4). It also plays in the rest area of The Arena for the first five bosses. It is Track 034 in the Jukebox, and the 16th track on the Kirby: Planet Robobot Original Soundtrack.

"Flight of Azure" also serves as a primary basis for the end credits theme, Memories (I'll Never Forget You) (also composed by Hirokazu Ando), which expands on "Flight of Azure" with the inclusion of elements from "Venturing into the Mechanized World", as well as its own variation on the Haltmann motif.

Other appearances[edit]

The original track features in Kirby's Blowout Blast when viewing statues of Kirby in Robobot Armor and of Susie in the Plaza, only available if the 3DS console has StreetPass data for Kirby: Planet Robobot.

The 12th and final track of The Sound of Kirby Café, "Café De Planet / Pink Ball Activate! ~ The Noble Haltmann" (again composed by Hirokazu Ando), is ostensibly mostly an arrangement of "The Noble Haltmann". However, for the middle third of the track, the arrangement mostly borrows elements from "Flight of Azure", including modulation of the primary phrase up through an inverted triad and the particular resolution of the primary phase. It is set in the same key of C as both "The Noble Haltmann" and "Flight of Azure".

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 空色フライト
sorairo furaito
Sky-Blue Flight

References