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 Final Fantasy: Symphonic Suite

Translated by Tomo


Everything took place in the Gohanda temporary hall in Tokyo, on May 20, 1997. It was raining that day. For me, I was precisely "moved" that day. Being the father of the FF original melodies, it seemed like seeing my daughter's wedding; her going away from my care. I was both embarrassed and shy. "Oh... She's wearing such a nice dress... Wow. I can't believe it's her. Well... am I glad or what? Sigh... Damn, water's coming out from my eyes.." Yes, I felt like a father of a poor girl going to marry a rich guy. Not only me, but the fans who came to the concert were satisfied very much. The concert was a great success. 

The guy who my daughter married was Mr. Hattori. There is no need to tell that Mr. Hattori is the one of the figures of Japanese music. Mr. Hattori Jr. who's only 23 joins him. This concert was the result of me begging them.. 

I really think that if you stop thinking of this orchestra as "game music", you can enjoy it even more. Let me explain the songs contained within the scenes. 

ACT1 is from the main theme of FF2j. It's really dramatic with full chorus in the back.
ACT2 is from the battle of FF2j. It is a unique combination of a rhythm machine and a full orchestra.
ACT3 contains the "opening", "town", and "Matoya's cave" from FF1. The "opening" is an image melody for the FF series, since I wrote it first.
ACT4 is the FF2j Finale.
ACT5 starts out with a new song which Mr. Hattori composed for this concert. It goes into the FF1 main theme, Chaos Palace, and into Prelude. I really love the beautiful transitions.
ACT6 is from "volcano", "dungeon", and "imperial" themes from FF1 and 2j.
ACT7 is the theme of the rebels in FF2j. This is a lot slower than the original, and has changed into an emotional piece very sufficient for the finale.

I must thank everyone who did their best for this concert. Thanks to the audience who came in spite of the rain, too. 
Nobuo Uematsu

Poem by Mr. Terata

First there were light and wind
The breath of the earth was soft,
Nymphs sleeping in their home

One block of cloud blocked the sky

Light was swallowed
The wind allied with his devil friend
Darkness veiled the world.

But the nymphs did not stop their acts of justice
With their small helpless bodies

They took their swords
And promised themselves

I am here
There is an enemy on my beloved home
The light of life would shine on the earth
Love must be followed

Darkness continued forever
The nymphs held their breath
In search of the light

In their voyage
Their energy kept on feeling the warmth
Of their mind, the soul

They lightened up their neighbors
And brought up the weapon
The weapon of the smile

-Smiles in the darkness
Never forget them


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