Captain Hook's Pirate Ship
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"Captain Hook's Pirate Ship" serves as the field theme for Neverland.
"Captain Hook's Pirate Ship" serves as the field theme for Neverland during Sora's story.
"Captain Hook's Pirate Ship" is approximately two minutes and six seconds long in Kingdom Hearts and the HD remake of Kingdom Hearts Final Mix. In Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, the piece is slightly extended to two minutes and sixteen seconds. Regardless of the game, the piece has a time signature of 4/4, and a tempo of 96 beats per minute.
For instrumentation, each version uses the same instruments, though for games not in the HD remakes, some voices are covered through electronic means- such as synthesizer. In general, the instrumentation includes: a complete strings section- violin, viola, cello, and stringed bass, oboe, bassoon, contrabassoon, xylophone, marimba, suspended cymbal, crash cymbal, triangle, shaker, timpani, and piano.
What sets this piece apart from other tracks in the soundtracks is the favoring of double reed instruments- such as the bassoon and contrabassoon- and lower voices of the orchestra- such as the cello, stringed bass, bassoon, and contrabassoon. The natural use of the double reed instruments in particular give the piece a more "reedy" or "woody" sound while still providing the desired lower-pitched tones. The use of auxiliary percussion instruments provide a lighter texture to the otherwise heavy atmosphere. While the lower voiced instruments persist with the melody, a layer of violins simultaneously play this melody an octave higher. Interrupting the main melody is the oboe, timpani, and other mid- and higher- voices of the orchestra.