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The "Prelude of Light" is a recurring Song in The Legend of Zelda series.[1]

Learning Location and Uses[]

Ocarina of Time[]

OoT3D Prelude of Light Icon

The "Prelude of Light" is one of the six Warping songs Link learns as an adult in Ocarina of Time. Using the Ocarina of Time, it transports Link inside the Temple of Time. After the hero completes the Forest Temple, Link can return to the Temple of Time to learn this song from Sheik.

Majora's Mask[]

In Majora's Mask, the notes for the "Prelude of Light" can sometimes appear on a wall in the northern part of Termina Field, where Link can play a song for Rupees.

Twilight Princess[]

In Twilight Princess, Wolf Link can summon the Golden Wolf by howling the "Prelude of Light" at the Howling Stone near the entrance to the Sacred Grove. After howling here, Link will be taught the Helm Splitter by the Ancient Hero.

Other Appearances[]

Hyrule Warriors[]

In Hyrule Warriors, Sheik can play the "Prelude of Light" with her Harp Weapon to summon a square of light near her.

Music Theory[]

The "Prelude of Light" is 8 bars long in 4/4 time, and in the key of D Major. Harmonically, the first four bars give the feeling of a church setting by using only I and IV chords, a technique used frequently in Mass settings and known commonly as the "Hallelujah" or plagal cadence. The last 4 bars employ the unusual harmonic ending of ii7 - bIIma7 - Ima7 with the last arpeggiated riff in the harp part giving finality to the last I chord and resolving the 7th at the top.[2]

The "Prelude of Light" is actually a conclude, not a prelude, as the notes descend from a triumphant feel to a gloomy one.


TMC Forest Minish Artwork Names in other regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite
JapanJapanese光のプレリュード (Hikari no Pureryūdo) (OoT)[3]Same as English.
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  1. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 96 (OoT) & 97 (TP)
  2. Dan Bruno, Ocarina songs in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, danbruno.net, published January 20, 2014.
  3. Nintendo Official Guidebook—The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Shogakukan) pg. 154
Major SongsWarping SongsOther SongsInstrumentsOcarina SongsHarp SongsWind Waker SongsSpirit Flute Songs