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Eragon

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As the Main Character of the Cycle the Motif of Eragon must be the easiest to recognize and to most flexible, since he has a lot of big changes character-wise in the Story.

It is also extremely hard to fit him in one of the bigger structures since he is basically part of every single one except the Empire and the Urgals. So, I decided to write a short motif for him, that can be adapted in a lot of ways to make sure I can write something for every situation he is a part of.

His motif can be harmonized differently. The classic harmonization would be B-F-Gm, but multiple other ways are possible like the movement with syncopated start in the Main Theme.
His Motif is quite simple: A four note alternating descending line with an open end. It is also part the B-Phrase of the Main Theme.

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Examples of the theme occuring in some tracks:

Peace and Hard Work
Saphira's Hatching
Behind Bars

Additionally, I established what I call a "Family Theme". It is called "Breoal" and can be used to show the connection of certain characters to Eragon. Basically it is used to emphasize the relationship of a character with Eragon. Brom is prime-example: Using the Breoal Theme it can be foreshadowed that they are in fact related. Same with Murtagh.

The Family Theme is a super easy figure that is mostly played by the Celli.

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Some examples of the Famliy Motif occuring:

Peace and Hard Work
Storyteller
Saphira's Hatching

Artist renditions of Eragon:

Arya

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Arya is a particularly important character throughout all books, and she takes a huge part in the story. So instead of giving Arya just a leitmotif I decided to give her a special instrument, too.

This way I can alter the sound of the instrument depending on the situation and character development in addition to changing or interpreting the Leitmotif.

The Leitmotif is straight forward. A four-note phrase with a certain pacing that is already hinted at in the Main Theme of the show and a little lick that is basically optional, but I included it in the notation for the sake of completeness. I have a harmonic structure in mind, but I do not want the harmonization be part of the theme.

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Examples of the theme occuring in some tracks:

Wiol pömnurai Ilian
Behind Bars
Wyrda

Artist renditions of Arya:

 
 

Saphira

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Saphira’s Motif is an extended version of the Family-Motif "Breoal" to underline the strong connection to with Eragon.

At the same time, it is crucial for her, that she gets her own motif since she is a character on her own and not just a “pet” or something along those lines. Therefore, she has a motif, that is very close to the Family-Motif and works simultaneously with Eragon’s Leitmotif.

Since my way to communicate "Magic" is to use Synths and other artifical sounds, most - if not all - tracks featuring Saphira's Theme will have electronic parts.

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Examples of the theme occuring in some tracks:

Saphiras Hatching
Fighting Shadows

Artist renditions of Saphira: