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Moonlight Canyon (theme)

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Moonlight Canyon
Sample of "Moonlight Canyon" from Kirby and the Forgotten Land.
Debut appearance Kirby and the Forgotten Land (2022)
Composer(s) Yuki Shimooka[1]
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"Moonlight Canyon" is a stage theme from Kirby and the Forgotten Land that plays in the latter half of the stage of the same name. It was composed by Yuki Shimooka.[1]


At the moonlit canyon.

"Moonlight Canyon" is a country-styled piece in D Dorian mode and 4/4. It has a brief intro that presents the main melody, one that is quite similar to "A New Wind for Tomorrow". The first section begins with this melody played by an accordion twice. Following it is a more lyrical major motif with stepwise motion up and down, played by a violin with orchestra bells and a flute. The original motif soon returns in the strings as the theme nears its climax. The second section presents a modulation to F Dorian mode and a tutti playing the main motif. Once this plays twice, the second motif returns with the accordion in F major. The strings bring back the first motif once more and back to D Dorian. A quiet transition plays, and its final bar reveals the "Mid-Boss Battle" theme.

The following sections are for the most part the same as the first two, differing in instrumentation and minor phrasing. The instruments from the first section swap roles and have an extra string counterpoint in the third. The transition to the fourth section features the primary motif rather than a scale passage. In this section, the second motif is played by a guitar, adding to its sweet character. Finally, rather than "Mid-Boss Battle", the transition to the beginning features a faint nostalgic whistle with the melody of "Running Through the New World". The track then loops.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ムーンライトキャニオン
Mūnraito Kyanion
Moonlight Canyon
Traditional Chinese 月光峽谷
Yuèguāng Xiágǔ
Moonlight Canyon
Simplified Chinese 月光峡谷
Yuèguāng Xiágǔ
Dutch Maanlichtkloof Moonlight canyon
French Canyon au clair de lune Canyon under the moonlight
German Mondscheinkluft Moonlight chasm
Italian Canyon Chiardiluna Moonlight Canyon
Korean 문라이트 캐니언
Munraiteu Kaenieon
Moonlight Canyon
Spanish Cañón Luz de Luna Moonlight Canyon