Six months later and we finally get the epic conclusion of this analytical mini-series.
Well, I’m not sure how epic a conclusion it is, but we will make the best of it!
This is a pretty straight forward excerpt. There is a nice passing motion between the V and IV chord on the third line represented by a bVII, though functioning only as a passing motion. Also, there is a nice sequence descending from V to ii early on in the excerpt.
What I want to draw your attention to here is the last eight measures. Why do you ask? Well the progression alternating from bVI to I ending in a secondary dominant half cadence is not new. It may not sound familiar, but with a little bit of chord analysis, you will soon see:
This is the third formal section of the original Super Mario Bros. theme. The exact same chord progression in the exact same key, with the same harmonic rhythm.
Intentional? Maybe. Pretty Cool? Absolutely.