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"Quiet Forest" is a stage theme from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. It plays exclusively in the second stage of Pop Star, and was composed by Jun Ishikawa. It can be found as track 14 in the Sound Check.
A quiet trip through the autumnal woods.
"Quiet Forest" is a remarkably slow and peaceful theme, having characteristic traits of a lullaby (a high pitch and alteration with middle registers, steady 4/4 meter, and lack of dissonance). It is set in C Lydian mode. The theme starts immediately with the melody, held by a piccolo in the higher tetrachord of the key and backed up by xylophone arpeggios and a tambourine. The piccolo alternates with a response from low flutes playing in parallel thirds. The melody, played an octave lower, repeats, followed by an extension of the response. A second section has a brief modulation to B-flat major and shift to lead bells with a blurred pitch in primarily descending and repetitive phrases. The pace shortly slows down, then accelerates significantly as the theme enters its third section. This part starts in B major and adds vocals to the accompaniment. Continuing the descending tendencies of the previous section, the piccolo rejoins as the lead instrument, leading through rapid modulations aided by the elevated IV as each new key's leading tone. The tempo gradually slows down once more. A concluding rising phrase leads back to the original melody for the track to loop.
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