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"Sand Canyon: Stage Select" is the stage select theme for Sand Canyon from Kirby's Dream Land 3. It was composed by Jun Ishikawa.
A sandy canyon lays ahead.
Like other stage select themes, "Sand Canyon: Stage Select" is a rather short track. This theme is in the key of F Lydian mode and is played by a trumpet-like lead instrument. The melody doesn't diverge from F Lydian, but does not accentuate it either. The key is instead implied through woodwind like instruments backing up the theme, playing a simple rhythm of eight notes in a pattern similar to that of "Grass Land (1)", as well as percussion that plays at the beginning of each measure. The first phrase of the piece is primarily descending and ends on an A, while the second has a sharp rise and establishment of the tonic through its triad's notes. The rhythm at the end becomes punctuated, bringing in another similarity with "Green Greens".