Magolor, the Distant Traveler

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Magolor, the Distant Traveler
Various arrangements of Magolor, the Distant Traveler.
Details
Debut appearance Kirby's Return to Dream Land (2011)
Last appearance Super Kirby Clash (2019)
Other appearance(s) Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition
Kirby: Triple Deluxe
Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe
Kirby: Planet Robobot
Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
Kirby Star Allies
Composer(s) Hirokazu Ando[1]
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"Magolor, the Distant Traveler"[derived from Japanese] is the musical piece associated with Magolor. It debuted alongside him in Kirby's Return to Dream Land and often reappears as his leitmotif in later games. The theme was composed by Hirokazu Ando.

Composition[edit]

"Magolor, the Distant Traveler" is a chipper tune that is normally set in D major, 4/4 time, with a time signature of around 150 beats per minute. It features the distinctive "oompah" rhythm associated with polkas, emphasizing the off beats; this is reflected in its instrumentation, which prominently features electric bass, piano, and flute, as well as synth embellishments.

Game appearances[edit]

Kirby's Return to Dream Land[edit]

Magolor's theme debuts here and is primarily used as the Lor Starcutter's interior theme, as well as the main menu theme (prior to reaching 100% completion, which changes the music). It also appears as a motif throughout the rest of the game's soundtrack, most notably in "CROWNED", the final boss theme, in which it is featured in a minor key orchestral reprise. The menu theme reappears in Kirby: Triple Deluxe as the theme for the Copy Ability Testing Area.

Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition[edit]

Two versions of Magolor's theme appear in this game. The first is titled もっとチャレンジステージ (New Challenge Stages) on Kirby Star Allies: The Original Soundtrack, and plays on the New Challenge Stages title screen and during races with Magolor. This variation uses entirely synthetic instrumentation and a more syncopated rhythm. It reappears in Triple Deluxe as a stage theme in Fine Fields - Stage 6 EX, and in Kirby Star Allies as a stage theme on Extra Planet β.

The other variation is titled "Distant Traveler" in English and 異空いくうヲカケル旅人たびびと (The Traveler Across Another Dimension) in Japanese. It plays during Magolor Race 3 and Magolor Race EX. This variation is set in a faster tempo and a minor key, but has similar synthetic instrumentation other than including an electric guitar.

Kirby: Triple Deluxe[edit]

The "Distant Traveler" variation reappears in Kirby: Triple Deluxe as the extra stage theme for Dedede's Drum Dash; its fast-paced rhythm makes it suitably difficult. Additionally, the "New Challenge Stages" variant can be heard in Stage 6 of Fine Fields.

Dedede's Drum Dash Deluxe[edit]

An acoustic arrangement of "Distant Traveler" featuring melodica and ukelele is used as the staff credits theme upon clearing all of the secret stages. This arrangement actually debuted as part of the track "Dededeluxe!" on the Kirby: Triple Deluxe Soundtrack, where it formed a medley with the other Dedede's Drum Dash stage themes. It reappears in Kirby: Planet Robobot in The True Arena, playing during the Mid-Boss All-Stars 1 fight.

Team Kirby Clash Deluxe[edit]

Another acoustic arrangement of "Magolor, the Distant Traveler" is used while speaking to him at his shoppe in Team Kirby Clash Deluxe. It uses guitars as its primary instruments, particularly ukelele and mandolin, accompanied by marimba and plucked strings. It reappears in Super Kirby Clash, unaltered and filling the same purpose.

Kirby Star Allies[edit]

A short jingle based on "Magolor, the Distant Traveler" is used as Magolor's Dream Friend jingle, which is titled ブラボー!マホロアがキテアゲタヨォ (Bravo! Magolor Has Come) on the official soundtrack. The theme's title uses Magolor's katakana-based speaking style. This arrangement was done by Yuuta Ogasawara.

The Celebration Picture "The Shape of a Heart" features a fuller arrangement of the theme. It uses a slower tempo and gentle instrumentation, featuring a leading acoustic piano backed by Rhodes piano and acoustic bass. This arrangement was done by Hirokazu Ando.

Other appearances[edit]

A rearrangement of "Magolor, the Distant Traveler" is included as part of the track ボーナストラック:4人の仲間と彼方からの旅人 (Bonus Track: Four Friends and the Distant Traveler) on the Kirby Wii Music Selection album.

For the Kirby Memorial Arrangements album, a full big band ensemble was assembled to record exclusive arrangements. One, titled "I'll Never Forget You" in English and キミたちとのおもわすれない (We Won't Forget Our Memories with You) in Japanese, is a medley of "Magolor, the Distant Traveler" and "The Noble Haltmann". It was arranged by Shogo Sakai and extended to include solos for saxophone, trombone, and trumpet.

A gentle waltz (3/4 time) arrangement is incorporated in the track マリオネットキッチン (Marionette Kitchen) on the album The Sound of Kirby Café 2, where it is combined into a medley with "Vs. Marx". It was arranged by Megumi Ohara.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 彼方かなたからの旅人たびびとマホロア[2]
Kanata kara no tabibito Mahoroa
Mahoroa, the Distant Traveler
Mahoroa is Magolor's Japanese name.


References

  1. Kirby: Triple Deluxe Jukebox
  2. Kirby Wii Music Selection track listing