"Friendship is the Key" BGM from the episode "Twilight's Kingdom — Part 2" of "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" (S04E26).
From a very intense villain, to a twisting story, to being beautifully storyboarded and animated, to absolutely God-like songs and score, to an all-out DBZ-style fighting sequence. So far, this is Friendship is Magic's crowning achievement. This season has been different in many ways, including it's overarching continuity. While the majority of the season had fairly individual and "slice of life" episodes, Meghan McCarthy and her team have managed to interweave an overarching plot into them, making almost seemingly unrelated episodes come together. It was fantastic watching all of the callbacks and references to events and characters from this season, and how those individual moments each contributed to something much larger.
This episode had hands-down some of the best music of the series, both songs and score. Daniel Ingram only provides two songs for this two-parter, but they surely fill the void of 10 songs. From the princesses, including Luna (!!), singing a song which I can only describe as "Godlike", to the fantastic finale song, Ingram, Steffan Andrews, and their team absolutely nailed it. And we cannot forget the music which takes up the majority of the episode: William Anderson's superb score—some of his best work! I wasn't sure if he would top his score from the season 4 premiere , but he delivered and then some. Not only did he hit on all of the reoccurring themes throughout the season, but he "plussed" them so much it was amazing—Please see the episode's crowning-BGM "Friendship is the Key." I'll be sure to point out as many musical callbacks and meanings as I can in the tracks' descriptions below! Enjoy, and see you for Equestria Girls 2!
--Track Specific Comments--
Here is the episode's magnum opus, and the conclusion of the "...is the Key" track collection. Here, Twilight realizes that the magic of friendship is even greater than that of the alicorns, and after teaching a lesson about friendship to Discord, and receiving a gift from him in return, rushes off the box to see if it will unlock it. The Mane 6 are able to open the box,, unleashing the "Rainbow Power" allowing the Mane 6 to come together and defeat Tirek once and for all. Also, Twilight gets a Crystal Treehouse Castle.
I say this is this episode's, and possibly William Anderson's magnum opus because this track is just that good. As the rainbow shimmer shines across all of the Mane 5, Spike, and Discord's bubble prisons, and Twilight's eyes rainbow-gleam, we get a choir-driven motif which is based off of the "Six Locks, Six Keys" theme, which is the one which has appeared during the similar scenes in every key episode this season. Here it's a little different a more epic to compliment the weight of what is happening in Twilight's mind. Next, we get an absolutely beautiful theme as Twilight reunites with her friends, and receives the gift from Discord. The score becomes more grand as they return to the Tree of Harmony and the box, becoming more tense as Tirek approaches.
And here's something we haven't heard for a while—a full-on epic orchestration of the My Little Pony theme. Making that theme sound this magnificent is no easy feat, and William Anderson accomplishes it brilliantly. This is something we heard a lot of in the season 1 premiere e, and having it reprised here beautifully ties the entire series together.
The BGM then shift to a reprise of one of the main themes of the season, which we've heard in this two-parter before, "Princess Twilight's Theme." This theme first appeared at the very end of the Season 4 opener "Princess Twilight Sparkle" as Twilight participated in the Summer Sun Celebration. Here it appears in an amazing extended form from it's original incarnation as Twilight and the rest of the Mane 6 travel with their Rainbow Power undoing the damaging Tirek has caused on Equestria. As Twilight's castle is revealed, we get a short reprise of a motif we've heard before this season, but I can remember where right now.
MP3 (320 kbps): http://www.mediafire.com/listen/735wgodlwga3n09/Friendship_is_the_Key.mp3
AAC (320 kbps): http://www.mediafire.com/listen/0ebchenr3b42xxu/Friendship_is_the_Key.m4a
Apple Lossless (ALAC): http://www.mediafire.com/listen/ohssx7w3vdvodoh/Friendship_is_the_Key.m4a
----) Download all BGM from episode: https://www.mediafire.com/folder/p1zi7vo44d2f5/S04E25-26_Twilight's_Kingdom
For a playlist with all of the BGM and songs from this episode in order: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLM9sv7wkNb949-bVaH0Cs1GkQP0P6uDgf
Music By: William Anderson
Additional Music & Orchestrations: Kelly Davidson
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