Foreword: I didn't have much time to work on this since I started terribly late but it's the best I can pull off in a hurry.
Title: Pyrrhic Victory
After the calamitous battle between the Burning Legion and the alliance of Night Elves, Humans, and Orcs as well, Medivh foresaw: "The roots will heal in time, as will the entire world. The sacrifices have been made. Just as the Orcs, Humans and Night Elves discarded their old hatreds and stood united against a common foe. So did nature herself rise up, to banish the shadow forever. As for me, I came back to ensure that there would be a future, to teach the world it no longer needed guardians. The hope for future generations has always resided in mortal hands. And now that my task is done, I will take my place amongst the legends... of the past." Though the alliance won, the casualties were innumerable, leaving not only physical scars on the soldiers and civilians but also emotional and spiritual pain -- the World Tree is scarred permanently, and lovers back home -- the unlucky ones -- had to face the death of those who tried protecting them. Although these atrocities plagued the alliance after the battle, Medivh predicted a hopeful time of rebirth.
Allegorical Musical Elements:
- The introduction of the song first portrays the pain of the lovers back home whose husbands / wives no longer live.
- Although the bereaved mourn and lament, the victory was also a unmistakable achievement for the alliance. Thus, the melody after the introduction depicts the bittersweet glory of war.
- The introduction is used again to further emphasize the losses included in the war.
- Reprising of the melody: Emphasis on the paramount achievement of purging the Burning Legion from Mount Hyjal. Also an emphasis on the hope Medivh foresees.
The race I went for is Human because it is Medivh's perspective, both with hindsight and foresight, of the war.
- Mac Garageband
- Jam Pack 4 (Orchestral Strings and Steinway Piano)
- I chose the piano for it's versatility in both the low and high registers. The low notes of the Steinway Concert Grand samples sound quite "grand" and are perfect for conveying some sense of majesty. The high notes are more emotional and bright to invoke a sense of purity in the dissonance I used.
- I also used the orchestral strings to provide a small sense of movement in the first variation of the melody and to add an atmosphere to it.