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This article is about the soundtrack. For the Halo 4 trailer, see Awakening. For the art book, see Awakening: The Art of Halo 4.
Awakening is the first track in Halo 4: Original Soundtrack.
The track opens with high strings fading in, with cymbals clashing. Low strings and synth bass cut in with short notes, creating a sense of urgency as high strings fade in the background. Piano begins the main driving melody, echoing the short notes, accompanied by percussion. The melody repeats, joined by low strings as well as high strings. High strings carry on with the urgent melody, echoed by the low strings. Together, they build up to a climax, where female choirs sing in accompaniment. At the climax, synth bass and low strings take over as the main melody, with high strings playing in accompaniment. The melody takes on a more uncertainty feeling with a slower tempo. They build up to another climax before returning to the original melody, which then ends with high strings playing the same progression from the introduction. Together the instruments fade out to an end.
The track can be heard: