- "The rippling surface of the flowing water transforms the soft light of the morning sun. The beams combine, becoming a spotlight that paints the stage. .... In the midst of this joyous orchestration, at the center of the morning's discordant musical performance, lies a small village, nestled deep in the wood. The name of the village is Tenuto. It sits atop a hill which overlooks the coastline. In fact, the town is only about four miles from the sea. Tenuto is very lucky in this regard, for the town enjoys a wonderful cool breeze and a view that is nothing short of amazing."
- —Eternal Sonata's male narrator
Tenuto Village, sometimes referred to as simply Tenuto, is a small village within the realm of Forte in the World of Eternal Sonata, overlooking the city of Ritardando. It is the hometown of Polka, the main female protagonist of Eternal Sonata and her mother, Solfege. The residents of Tenuto Village make floral powder from the flowers which grow abundantly in the village's flower field. Their livelihood has been hurt greatly by the influx of mineral powder from Forte, which is sold without taxes. Just past the village is the Heaven's Mirror Forest.
It is here, late at night, that Polka first meets Frederic Chopin, a mysterious man who seems to appear out of nowhere. He claims to be a fellow magic user and also states that the entire world around them and even she herself are merely his dream. She then decides to take him to the Heaven's Mirror Forest and show him the field of Heaven's Mirror, a flower that resembles her. The next day, Polka decides to leave her home and travel to Forte City, in the hope of speaking with Count Waltz and asking him to lower the taxes on floral powder. After a series of events, Polka will eventually return to Tenuto Village to visit with her Mom, before continuing her journey. Allegretto will visit the village to retrieve her and the two have a conversation in which Allegretto expresses frustration that Polka refuses to live for herself, and she states that being able to travel with everyone is enough. Allegretto then becomes frustrated because, more than anything, he just wishes that there was something he could do to save her. Polka then decides to throw her good luck charm, an oddly-shaped rock, into the ocean as a way of representing herself. Allegretto then gives her a rock that he found earlier on the beach of Ritardando, and Polka is stunned, as the rock is exactly the same as the one that was her good luck charm, a treasure from someone that was special to her.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Tenuto Village contains no shops where the player may purchase items, though there are several items to be found, including Polka's New Costume in the PlayStation 3 version, found in Polka's bedroom in an Encore Mode playthrough. There are also a couple of participants in the Score Piece sidequest in Encore Mode.
- The player may revisit Tenuto Village in Chapter 2 as Allegretto any time before entering Forte City, though Solfege will not be present. If playing on Encore Mode, they may also revisit in Chapters 6 and 7. This is necessary to complete the Score Piece sidequest and the player can also get some additional dialogue from Solfege.
- In the original Xbox 360 version of Eternal Sonata, Allegretto does not speak with Solfege before meeting with Polka in Tenuto Village, and the initial portion of their conversation is much less personal, focusing instead on the suspicious nature of human beings.
- The peaceful, pastoral landscape of Tenuto Village may have been meant to be evocative of the Masovian landscape of Zelazowa Wola. Frédéric François Chopin was born in this village, but spent only seven months of his life there.
Tenuto is the Italian past-participle of tenere, "to hold." A direction in musical notation, its meaning depends on context, and can either mean hold the note in question its full length or play the note slightly louder.