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The Music of Final Fantasy has been, since the release of the initial game in the series, an integral part of the gaming experience. Most of the games' original soundtracks have garnered much critical praise from various sources, ranging from video game magazines to professional music reviewers. Alongside the original soundtracks, many compilations and arranged albums have been produced over the years, to similar acclaim by fans and critics.

Until the release of Final Fantasy XII, the chief music composer of the main series was Nobuo Uematsu, who was the sole creative force from the original Final Fantasy up to Final Fantasy IX. Uematsu worked with Masashi Hamauzu and Junya Nakano in Final Fantasy X and with Naoshi Mizuta and Kumi Tanioka in Final Fantasy XI. His collaborations in Final Fantasy XII were limited to the game's theme song, "Kiss Me Good-Bye".

The music of the entries of the Ivalice Alliance compilation, as well as the music of Vagrant Story was handled mostly by Hitoshi Sakimoto. The music of the Crystal Chronicles series was composed by Kumi Tanioka.

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Recurring themes

Within the whole of the body of musical works, there are certain themes that have made an appearance more than once in different games, clearly associated with a character or a situation.

These themes have appeared in most of the original soundtracks of the main series under different lengths, arrangements and even variations.

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The Prelude

Main article: Prelude

The Prelude was the opening theme of the original Final Fantasy. Since then, it has become one of the most prominent musical pieces in the series, playing at many different stages throughout the games.

The Main Theme

Main article: Opening Theme (Final Fantasy)

The Main Theme of Final Fantasy (originally titled "Opening Theme" in Final Fantasy) has appeared in most of the main series, usually played during the opening sequence or during the ending. Not to be confused with the Prelude, since, despite its title, the "Opening Theme" was in reality not the opening track of the game.

The Victory Fanfare

Main article: Victory Fanfare

The Victory Fanfare is the track that plays in every instance of the main series when a battle encounter ends with victory. Although variations of the Fanfare have been used in some of games, the opening bars have remained unchanged since the original Final Fantasy.

The Chocobo Theme

Main article: Chocobo#Chocobo's Theme

The Chocobo Theme is played each time the party travels across the land by means of riding a Chocobo or when the enter a Chocobo Forest or any place related to them. Since each entry of the main series includes at least one particular version of the Chocobo Theme, numerous arrangements of this track exist.

Final Fantasy & Final Fantasy II

Main article: Original Soundtracks of Final Fantasy I & II

The original soundtrack of Final Fantasy introduced three of the musical themes that became a staple of the series ever afterwards, as well as some lasting fan favorites such as "Matoya's Cave".

The music of the original Final Fantasy and that of Final Fantasy II was first released as a single compilation album, All Sounds of Final Fantasy I & II in 1989, to moderate critical acclaim. Following this release, the arranged album Symphonic Suite Final Fantasy. In 2002, for the release of Final Fantasy Origins, the soundtrack was rearranged by Uematsu and Tsuyoshi Sekito.

Final Fantasy III

Main article: Original Soundtracks of Final Fantasy III

The complete soundtrack of the original NES version of Final Fantasy III was actually not the first compilation album of the game, having arrived to the music stores a year after the arranged album Final Fantasy III: Eternal Legend of the Wind was released .

The NES version of Final Fantasy III never made it to Western shores, and therefore it was not until the DS Version of the game that the soundtrack was widely distributed in America and the rest of the world.

Final Fantasy IV

Main article: Original Soundtracks of Final Fantasy IV

Final Fantasy IV's soundtrack was the first to include amongst its body of works a Piano Collections album, a practice that became a rule of sorts for every game in the series afterwards. Another arranged album, Final Fantasy IV: Celtic Moon was released as well, performed by Máire Breatnach in the style of Celtic music.

Uematsu noted that the production of the soundtrack was an arduous task, involving much trial and error. The reason stemmed from the then-recent transition phase between on the Famicon and the Super Famicon hardwares.

Final Fantasy V

Main article: Final Fantasy V: Original Sound Version

During production, Final Fantasy V was originally designed to include more than a hundred different themes. Nobuo Uematsu felt the number would make the album unpurchasable for the children in the audience, as it would require a two-disc release, and cut down the track list to 50 tunes. The soundtrack was nevertheless released as a two-disc set.

Reception for the soundtrack was lukewarm, with some critics stating that the album did not live up to Final Fantasy IV's soundtrack. Despite this, some of its themes became popular among the Final Fantasy community, such as "Clash on the Big Bridge" and "Dear Friends".

  • Final Fantasy V: Original Sound Version - 1992, 1994 (first re-release), 2004 (second re-release)
  • Final Fantasy V: Dear Friends - Arrangements; 1993, 1994 (first re-release), 2004 (second re-release)
  • Piano Collections: Final Fantasy V - Piano Arrangements; 1993, 1994 (first re-release), 2001 (second re-release)

Final Fantasy VI

Main article: Original Soundtrack of Final Fantasy VI

The last of the soundtracks to be issued for the 16-bit generation of consoles, the soundtrack was the longest recorded for said generation of games. For Uematsu, Final Fantasy VI's music marked the end of a stage in his career, which was well-grounded by then in the video game music industry.

Uematsu stated that this particular soundtrack was the most challenging Final Fantasy soundtrack he has ever worked on. Despite this, Final Fantasy VI: Original Sound Version received raving reviews, being hailed more than once as one of the best soundtracks ever composed for a video game. The game was the first installment in the series to feature a leitmotif for every one of its main playable characters. Preeminent among these are two themes, Terra's theme and the Aria di Mezzo Carattere, which featured a synthesised voice in the original game, but was re-recorded with a full orchestra and singer. Another famous piece from this soundtrack is Dancing Mad, a very complex 14 minute piece which accompanies the Final Boss.

Final Fantasy VII

Main article: Final Fantasy VII: Original Soundtrack

Called by Uematsu his "greatest harvest" in terms of creativity, the soundtrack, despite its length, was composed in a period of less than a year, as opposed to the bi-annual period of producing that had become the standard regarding the previous original soundtracks. Final Fantasy VII's soundtrack was innovative in that it was the first game in the series to include a track with digitized vocals, "One-Winged Angel", which has been described as Uematsu's "most recognizable contribution" to the music of the Final Fantasy series.

  • Final Fantasy VII: Original Soundtrack - 1997, 2004 (re-release)
  • Final Fantasy VII: Reunion Tracks - "Best of"; 1997, 2005 (re-release)
  • Piano Collections: Final Fantasy VII - Piano Arrangements; 2003, 2004 (re-release)

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

  • Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children OST - 2005
  • Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete Reunion Tracks - 2009

Before Crisis -Final Fantasy VII- & Last Order -Final Fantasy VII-

Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-

Its music were a mix of Rock and Orchestral Genre. It is one of Takeharu Ishimoto's notable works because of the various versions of some famous Final Fantasy VII songs composed by Nobuo Uematsu, and his own compositions for the game itself. It also includes a few tracks provided by Kazuhiko Toyama. One of the most notable song in the soundtrack is "The Price of Freedom" which was played when Sephiroth was reminiscing his days with Angeal and Genesis.

Dirge of Cerberus -Final Fantasy VII-

Final Fantasy VIII

  • Final Fantasy VIII: Original Soundtrack - 1999, 2004 (re-release)
  • FITHOS LUSEC WECOS VINOSEC: Final Fantasy VIII - Orchestral Arrangements; 1999, 2004 (re-release)
  • Piano Collections: Final Fantasy VIII - Piano Arrangements; 2000, 2004 (re-release)

Related Singles

Final Fantasy IX

Final Fantasy X

Final Fantasy X-2

Related Singles

Final Fantasy XI

Final Fantasy XII

Final Fantasy Tactics

  • Final Fantasy Tactics: Original Soundtrack; 1997

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance

  • Final Fantasy Tactics Advance: Original Soundtrack - 2003
  • White: Melodies of Final Fantasy Tactics Advance - Arrangement; 2003
  • Shiroi Hana (Single) - Single album for the advertisement song Shiroi Hana; 2002

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift

  • Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Original Soundtrack - 2007

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates

  • Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates Original Soundtrack - 2007

Final Fantasy Unlimited

  • Final Fantasy: Unlimited - Music Adventure Verse 1 - 2001
  • Final Fantasy: Unlimited - Music Adventure Verse 2 - 2002

Other

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

  • Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - 2001

Chocobo Albums

Dissidia Final Fantasy

The game's soundtrack were composed by Takeharu Ishimoto, who also composed the soundtrack of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII. It features remixes of different famous songs of the series, some original tracks composed by Ishimoto himself, some tracks sung by Your Favorite Enemies, and a bonus track— The Messenger by Your Favorite Enemies. Some tracks that featured in the game weren't featured in the soundtrack, which were the original versions of some famous songs like the Dancing Mad, and the Mambo de Chocobo and Final Fantasy V Victory Fanfare which was featured in the Data Install feature.

Arrangements & Compilations

Concert Recordings

Outside Groups

The Black Mages

  • The Black Mages - 2003, 2004 (re-release)
  • The Black Mages II: The Skies Above - 2004
  • The Black Mages III: Darkness and Starlight - 2008

Project Majestic Mix

  • Project Majestic Mix: A Tribute to Nobuo Uematsu - 2002
  • Project Majestic Mix: Squaredance - 2002, 2007 (re-release)
  • Project Majestic Mix: The Trance Album - 2004

Alabaster and REDALiCE

OverClocked ReMix

  • Final Fantasy VII: Voices of the Lifestream - 2007
  • Final Fantasy IV: Echoes of Betrayal, Light of Redemption - 2009

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