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Tribute

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This article is about the soundtrack. For the planet, see Tribute.
Tribute

Album:

Halo 3: Original Soundtrack

Composer(s):

Martin O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori

Length:

2:52

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Tribute is the twenty-fourth track (Disc 2 Track 9) included in Halo 3: Original Soundtrack, and plays in the ending cutscene of the Halo 3 campaign, as Lord Hood gives his speech and the 3-volley salute takes place. It is meant to have both a feeling of triumph and yet sadness over the losses suffered.

Overview[edit]

The piece begins with snare drums and strings playing the melody of The Last Spartan. High strings and vocals join in for a triumphant and hopeful melody before swelling to fanfare. Low strings then take over with a reorchestration of the piece Respite (from High Charity Suite in Halo 2: Original Soundtrack). High strings and choir then reinforce the melody as it repeats. The melody continues to swell until the climax, before it quickly fades away, leaving only a quiet single held string note. The reorchestrated version of Halo 2's Respite plays in The Ring Experience exhibit of Halo: Outpost Discovery, with a shortened version also playing in the menu of Halo 3: Mythic.

Production notes[edit]

  • The use of the The Last Spartan melody is a meaningful way of sending out the (presumed dead) John-117, as he was commonly known as the last Spartan-II.
  • The use of both human-associated music (The Last Spartan), and Covenant-associated music (Respite from High Charity Suite), could be commemorating the loss of life for both the humans and Sangheili during the Human-Covenant War, and the subsequent cease-fire between the two races.