Cianwood City – Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver

About game/music

This is “Cianwood City” from RPG “Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver”(2010), developed by Game Freak, published by The Pokémon Company.
This is originally composed by Go Ichinose(Twitter), who has participated in composing music since “Pokémon Pinball”(1999) as for the series,
and arranged by Hitomi Sato(Twitter).

Go Ichinose is known as a horse racing enthusiast, and is one of the planners (and composer) of “Pocket Card Jockey“(2013), also developed by Game Freak.

The game was produced as a remake of “Pokémon Gold and Silver”(2000).
Compared to the original, for example, the trainer’s strategy has improved and increased in difficulty.
In addition, there is now dedicated music for the battles against the legendary Pokémon, Ho-Oh and Lugia.
Compared to its previous title, “Pokémon Diamond/Pearl“(2007), there is additional features such as the possibility to take the first Pokémon in your possession out of a Pokéball and carry it with you.

This song is played in Cianwood City where the 5th Gym is located, just past Whirl Islands.
It is the same song with a different arrangement from Ecruteak City.
As a side note, this song was first made public in “Pokémon Pinball”.

Analyzing

bar 7~8

  • Here is a melody other than the main melody
  • At the end of the phrase, there is a contrary line to the main melody, which adds complexity.

bar 13~16, 21~24

  • IV-V-iii-vi, or variants (other TABs include this)
    • Very popular chord progression in Japan, called “王道進行”. It means “popular” or “typical”.
    • examples;
      • Re-Tail – Animal Crossing: New Leaf
      • Continent (Sakura)Crystarise
      • Dogcheck – DELTARUNE Chapter 1
      • Melodies Of Life~Final FantasyFINAL FANTASY IX
      • Phoenix HighwayFreedom Planet 2
      • Rainbow Resort – Kirby’s Adventure
      • Ripple Field 1 – Kirby’s Dream Land 3
      • Grass Land – Kirby’s Epic Yarn
      • Apt.102 – Kirby’s Epic Yarn
      • Abandoned Beach – Kirby and the Forgotten Land
      • A Home For Flowers (Empty)OMORI
      • Full Moon Full LifePersona 3 Reload
      • Raise the HoofPocket Card Jockey
      • Jazz Racing JamPocket Card Jockey
      • Road to TriumphPocket Card Jockey
      • Slateport CityPokémon Ruby/Sapphire
      • Route 104Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire
      • Rustboro CityPokémon Ruby/Sapphire
      • Hearthome CityPokémon Diamond/Pearl
      • Route 203Pokémon Diamond/Pearl
      • National Park – Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver
      • Cianwood City – Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver
      • Route 26 – Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver
      • Accumula Town – Pokémon Black/White
      • Route 2 – Pokémon Black/White
      • Lacunosa Town – Pokémon Black/White
      • Floccesy Town – Pokémon Black2/White2
      • Castelia City – Pokémon Black2/White2
      • Battle! (Island Kahuna) – Pokémon Sun/Moon
      • Route 10 on Ula’ula Island – Pokémon Sun/Moon
      • Wedgehurst – Pokémon Sword/Shield
      • Battle! (Hop) – Pokémon Sword/Shield
      • Wyndon – Pokémon Sword/Shield
      • Cobalt Coastlands – Pokémon Legends: Arceus
      • The Veil of NightProfessor Layton And The Curious Village
      • Purity of your smile – Ragnarok Online
      • Seaside HillSonic Heroes
      • Dear My FriendSonic Unleashed
      • End Of The SummerSonic Runners
      • Guest Book – Tomodachi Life
      • ShopUNDERTALE
      • Oh! One True LoveUNDERTALE
    • examples in minor key (in this case, bVI-bVII-v-i);
      • Blooming VillainPersona 5
      • Battle! (Rival) – Pokémon Black2/White2
      • The Battle at the Summit! – Pokémon Sun/Moon
      • Battle! (Ultra Necrozma) – Pokémon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon
      • Battle! (Bede) – Pokémon Sword/Shield
      • Battle! (Battle Tower) – Pokémon Sword/Shield
      • Battle! (Arven) – Pokémon Scarlet/Violet
      • Battle! (Zero Lab) – Pokémon Scarlet/Violet
      • Magical Snow DaySonic Runners
      • Desire Drive – 東方神霊廟 ~ Ten Desires.
      • Illusionary White Traveler – 東方天空璋 ~ Hidden Star in Four Seasons.
      • The Great Fantastic Underground Railway Network – 東方虹龍洞 ~ Unconnected Marketeers.

bar 20

  • I-I7 or i-I7 (other TABs include this)
    • After resolving to the tonic, it leads smoothly to the following IV (or iv)
    • I7 is sometimes replaced by a diminished 7th chord (#Io7 or other)
    • examples;
      • Boat BudsA Short Hike
      • Thrash MachineDELTARUNE Chapter 1
      • Dogcheck – DELTARUNE Chapter 1
      • Xeno ArcadiaHylics 2
      • Costumes & Colors – Kirby’s Dream Buffet
      • SNES Donut Plains 3 – Mario Kart 8
      • Actor’s AnteroomMELTY BLOOD Actress Again Current Code
      • Ideal and the RealPersona 5 Royal
      • Raise the HoofPocket Card Jockey
      • Jazz Racing JamPocket Card Jockey
      • Rustboro City – Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire
      • Valor LakefrontPokémon Diamond/Pearl
      • Canalave CityPokémon Diamond/Pearl
      • Cianwood City – Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver
      • Pewter City – Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver
      • Floccesy Town – Pokémon Black2/White2
      • Castelia City – Pokémon Black2/White2
      • Iki Town (Day) – Pokémon Sun/Moon
      • Route 10 on Ula’ula Island – Pokémon Sun/Moon
      • Battle! (Bede) – Pokémon Sword/Shield
      • Levincia – Pokémon Scarlet/Violet
      • Guest Book – Tomodachi Life

bar 22

  • iv in major key (other Tabs include this)
    • one of the subdominant minor chords, which include b6th of main key.
    • It’s nostalgic or romantic.
    • Typically used following IV.
    • It’s borrowed mostly from parallel minor, but also from Mixolydian b6 or Harmonic Major (in this case, ivM7)
    • examples;
      • Continent (Sakura)Crystarise
      • Bloom – OutroENDER LILIES: Quietus of the Knights
      • The King Lost in TimeEtrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City
      • Lonely Rolling Star – Katamari Damacy
      • Candy Constellation – Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
      • Big-Bean Vine – Kirby’s Epic Yarn
      • Costumes & Colors – Kirby’s Dream Buffet
      • Super Bell SubwayMario Kart 8
      • Shopping in Wakeport – Mario & Luigi: Dream Team
      • Badges – Pikmin Bloom
      • Dewford TownPokémon Ruby/Sapphire
      • Rustboro CityPokémon Ruby/Sapphire
      • Fortree CityPokémon Ruby/Sapphire
      • Abandoned ShipPokémon Ruby/Sapphire
      • Valor LakefrontPokémon Diamond/Pearl
      • Hearthome CityPokémon Diamond/Pearl
      • Canalave CityPokémon Diamond/Pearl
      • National Park – Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver
      • Cianwood City – Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver
      • Route 26 – Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver
      • Pewter City – Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver
      • Castelia City – Pokémon Black2/White2
      • Marine Tube – Pokémon Black2/White2
      • Iki Town (Day) – Pokémon Sun/Moon
      • Cobalt Coastlands – Pokémon Legends: Arceus
      • Levincia – Pokémon Scarlet/Violet
      • Clear BreezeSkullgirls
      • Wave OceanSonic the Hedgehog(2006)
      • Magical Snow DaySonic Runners
      • Oh! One True LoveUndertale
      • Temmie VillageUndertale