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Working Together

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Working Together
Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep
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Artist Yoko Shimomura
Composer Yoko Shimomura
Working Together
Kingdom Hearts II
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Artist Yoko Shimomura
Composer Yoko Shimomura
Length 1:30
Working Together
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX
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Artist Yoko Shimomura
Composer Yoko Shimomura
Length 2:33
Finale: Working Together - Allegro vivace
Piano Collections Kingdom Hearts
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Artist Miwa Sato
Composer Yoko Shimomura
Length 3:31

"Working Together" is a musical composition by Yoko Shimomura. It is used throughout the Kingdom Hearts series primarily as the main battle theme for Twilight Town and the Mysterious Tower.

Appearances[edit]

Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep and Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix[edit]

"Working Together" is used as the battle theme during Terra, Ventus, and Aqua's visits to the Mysterious Tower.

Kingdom Hearts II and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX[edit]

"Working Together" is used as the battle theme during Sora's visits to Twilight Town and the Mysterious Tower.

Cutscenes[edit]

  • Mysterious Tower: "My Name is Pete"

Events[edit]

  • Mysterious Tower: "Defeat the Heartless" (Shadows at The Tower, Heartless at Tower: Star Chamber, and Tower: Moon Chamber).

Kingdom Hearts III[edit]

"Working Together" is used as the battle theme for Twilight Town.

Composition[edit]

"Working Together" is approximately one minute and thirty seconds long in Kingdom Hearts II. In the HD remake, it is extended to two minutes and thirty-three seconds. For the piano collections version, the piece is approximately three minutes and thirty-one seconds long. Regardless of the game, the piece has a time signature of 4/4. For tempo, in Kingdom Hearts III and the piano collections version, the piece has a tempo of 155 beats per minute; this is the "slowest" version of the piece throughout the series. In Kingdom Hearts II, the tempo is 157 beats per minute. In Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, the tempo is very slightly increased to 158 beats per minute.

For instrumentation, each version uses similar instruments, though for games not in the HD remakes or Kingdom Hearts III, 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, piccolo, flute, oboe, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, timpani, triangle, tambourine, crash cymbals, snare drum, orchestral bells, marimba, harp, and piano.

As expressed in the piano collection version's title, "Working Together" is a lively piece. "Allegro vivace" roughly translates to a tempo that is noticeably faster than an allegro tempo, but is played in a quick and lively tempo customary to the vivace tempo marking. The piece starts with reduced instrumentation, with the strings playing the main melodic line in the pizzicato style. Underlying this plucked melody is a rhythmically driving snare drum part, emphasis on the dominate beat in timpani and low brass voices, and minor interplay between the triangle and tambourine. Following this brief introduction is the piccolo, playing a fast almost grace-note-like run that transitions the piece into the longer, fully orchestrated theme.

This new theme lasts for sixteen measures, in which the originally melody initially introduced by the strings is shared between the various mallet percussion and woodwind instruments. During this feature, the lower voiced brass and pitched percussion instruments play a continued eighth-note rhythmic figure that slightly resembles the low brass part in Neverland Sky.

Promptly following the second theme is a more connected, legato-style melody. Here, at such a tempo and use of rhythms, the piece can be felt in the established fast 4/4, or, more preferably, in half-time. Throughout the piece, certain instrument-specific techniques are used, such as: pizzicato style in the strings, multiple tonguing- in this case, double tonguing- in the trumpets, and use of rolls for mallet percussion. The piano collections version features a variety of ornamentations and key changes to add to the "elaborate" or "lively" nature. Likewise, the piano version shares the melody sporadically between the bass and treble voices.

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