- Discography of Final Fantasy IV
The music of the
video game" Final Fantasy IV" was composed by regular series composer Nobuo Uematsu. The "Final Fantasy IV Original Sound Version", a compilation of almost all of the music in the game, was released by Square Co./ NTT Publishing, and subsequently re-released by NTT Publishing. It was released in North America by Tokyopopas "Final Fantasy IV Official Soundtrack: Music from Final Fantasy Chronicles", with one additional track. It has since been re-released multiple times with slight changes as part of the "Final Fantasy Finest Box" and as "Final Fantasy IV DS OST". An arranged album entitled "Final Fantasy IV Celtic Moon", containing a selection of musical tracks from the game performed in the style of Celtic musicby Máire Breatnach, was released by Square and later re-released by NTT Publishing. Additionally, a collection of pianoarrangements composed by Nobuo Uematsu and played by Toshiyuki Morititled "Piano Collections Final Fantasy IV" was released by NTT Publishing.
The music was overall well received; reviewers have praised the quality of the original composition despite the limited medium, and reacted favorably to the arranged soundtracks. Several songs, especially "Theme of Love", remain popular today, and have been performed numerous times in orchestral concert series, as well as been published in arranged and compilation albums by Square as well as outside groups.
Concept and creation
Uematsu has noted that the process of composing was excruciating, involving trial and error and requiring the sound staff to spend several nights in sleeping bags at Square Co. headquarters. He blamed much of the problem on the fact that this was his first soundtrack to use the new
Super Famiconhardware, as opposed to his previous soundtracks composed for the Famicon. The liner notes for the "Final Fantasy IV OSV" album were humorously signed as being written at 1:30 AM "in the office, naturally." [cite web | author=Uematsu, Nobuo | title=Final Fantasy IV OSV Liner Notes | staff=Rebecca Capowski | date=1991-04-13 | url=http://chudahs-corner.com/liners/index.php?catalog=PSCN-5014 | work=Chudah's Corner | accessdate=2006-09-10] Uematsu has stated that, beginning with the soundtrack to "Final Fantasy IV", he started to move away from the idea that the soundtrack had to be solely an orchestral score. [cite web | author=D., Spence | title=Nobuo Part 2 | url=http://music.ign.com/articles/530/530286p1.html | publisher= IGN| accessdate=2008-07-26] In June 2007, Square Enix held a casting for a vocalist to sing a version of "Final Fantasy IV"'s "Theme of Love" rearranged by Nobuo Uematsu. Megumi Ida was selected from approximately 800 applicants to perform the song, which was featured on the Japanese Nintendo DSport of the game, as well as the accompanying soundtrack album.cite web |url=http://www.square-enix.co.jp/ff4ds/guideline.html |title=「愛のテーマ」ヴォーカリスト募集要項 |accessdate=2007-05-12 |author=Square Enix staff |date=2007-05 | publisher=Square Enix Japan | archiveurl=http://web.archive.org/web/20070703210548/http://www.square-enix.co.jp/ff4ds/guideline.html | archivedate=2007-07-03 | language=Japanese]
"Final Fantasy IV Original Sound Version"
Name = Final Fantasy IV
Original Sound Version
Cover size = 150
Type = Soundtrack
Released = June 14, 1991
November 26, 1994 (re-release)
October 1, 2004 (re-release)
Length = 58:23
Square Co./ NTT Publishing
NTT Publishing (re-release)
"Final Fantasy IV Original Sound Version" is a
soundtrack albumcontaining the musical tracks from the game, composed, arranged, produced and performed by Nobuo Uematsu. It spans 44 tracks and covers a duration of 58:25. It was first released on June 14, 1991, by Square Co./ NTT Publishing, and subsequently re-released on November 26, 1994, and October 1, 2004, by NTT Publishing. The original release bears the catalog number "N23D-001", and the re-release bears the catalog number "NTCP-5014". After the release of "Final Fantasy IV" for the Sony PlayStationas part of Final Fantasy Chronicles, the album was released in North America by Tokyopopon August 21, 2001 as "Final Fantasy IV Official Soundtrack: Music from Final Fantasy Chronicles". This is nearly the same release as "Final Fantasy IV: Original Sound Version", except that the songs were rerecorded by TOSE, resulting in minor differences, some song titles were slightly changed, and a 45th track was added, "Theme of Love (Arranged)", which had previously only been released as a piano version on the second track of "Piano Collections Final Fantasy IV". This release has the catalog numbers "TPCD 0210-2". [cite web | author=Square Enix Music Online | title=Final Fantasy IV Official Soundtrack: Music from Final Fantasy Chronicles - Album Information | url=http://www.squareenixmusic.com/albums/f/ff4official.shtml| work=Square Enix Music | accessdate=2008-02-23]
This album has also been re-released many times with slight changes and under different names. Six tracks from the OSV were released as a promotional
mini CDin Japan by NTT Publishing as "Final Fantasy IV Minimum Album" on September 5, 1991, with the catalog number "N09D-004". [cite web | author=Square Enix Music Online | title=Final Fantasy IV Minimum Album - Album Information | url=http://www.squareenixmusic.com/albums/f/ff4minimum.shtml| work=Square Enix Music | accessdate=2008-02-23] The North American version was again released as part of the "Final Fantasy Finest Box" by Square Enix on March 28, 2007 under the catalog number "FFFB-0001" along with the OSTs of "Final Fantasy V" and "Final Fantasy VI" after the game was ported to the Game Boy Advance. This version included several tracks which were not included in the original album, such as the "Chocobo Forest" theme, the music for the dancing girl, the short intro to "Cry in Sorrow/Sorrow and Loss", and various fanfares.cite web | author=Tjan, Mark | title=FF Finest Box | url=http://www.rpgfan.com/soundtracks/ff-finest/index.html| work=RPGFan| accessdate=2008-02-22] [cite web | author=Square Enix Music Online | title=Final Fantasy Finest Box - Album Information | url=http://www.squareenixmusic.com/albums/f/ff4-6box.shtml| work=Square Enix Music | accessdate=2008-02-23]
After the release of "Final Fantasy IV" for the
Nintendo DS, a new version of the Soundtrack arranged by Junya Nakanoand Kenichiro Fukui, respectively, was released in Japan in January 2008 as "Final Fantasy IV Original Soundtrack". Most of the songs are the same as on the original album, although they were reproduced for the sound hardware of the DS, with new synthesizer effects. A new version of "Theme of Love" was included, with lyrics sung by Megumi Ida. [cite web |url=http://ff4developers.cocolog-nifty.com/column/2007/11/post_ab3b.html |title=FINAL FANTASY IV 開発室: 愛のテーマ～一般公募で伊田恵美さん！ (Megumi Ida performs Theme of Love) | accessdate=2008-02-23 |date = 2007-11-16|publisher=Matrix Software |language=Japanese] It was released as a two-disk set with a bonus DVDcontaining the full motion videoincluded in the re-releases of "Final Fantasy IV", and has the catalog numbers "SQEX-10105-7". [cite web | author=Gann, Patrick | title=Final Fantasy IV OST | url=http://rpgfan.com/soundtracks/ff4ds/index.html | work=RPGFan| accessdate=2008-03-25] This version of "Theme of Love" was also released as a single, entitled "Moonlight -Final Fantasy IV Theme of Love-". The single also includes the DS version of the song, the original song, and a karaoke version of the Megumi Ida rendition. It was released along with a bonus DVD containing a music video for the song on December 5, 2007 with the catalog numbers of "BVCR-19727-8" and a duration of 16:21. [cite web | author=Gann, Patrick | title=Moonlight -Final Fantasy IV Theme of Love- | url=http://rpgfan.com/soundtracks/ff4ds-single/index.html | work=RPGFan| accessdate=2008-05-11]
"Final Fantasy IV Celtic Moon"
Name = Final Fantasy IV Celtic Moon
Type = Soundtrack
Máire Breatnach, Nobuo Uematsu
Released = October 28, 1991
November 26, 1994 (re-release)
October 1, 2004 (re-release)
Length = 52:36
Square Enix NTT Publishing(re-release)
"Final Fantasy IV Celtic Moon" is a selection of musical tracks from the game, arranged and performed in the style of
Celtic musicby Máire Breatnach. It spans 15 tracks and covers a duration of 52:36. It was first released on October 28, 1991, in Japan, and subsequently re-released on November 26, 1994, and on October 1, 2004, by NTT Publishing. The original release bears the catalog number "N30D-006", the first re-release bears the catalog number "PSCN-5017", and the most recent re-release has the catalog number "NTCP-5017".cite web | author=Gann, Patrick; Space, Daniel| title=Final Fantasy IV Celtic Moon | publisher=RPGFan | year=2003 | url=http://www.rpgfan.com/soundtracks/ff4celtic/index.html | accessdate=2008-02-22] The track titles were in English in both the original release and the re-releases. [cite web | title=J.G.M.L. GameMusicHistory No.354 | publisher=J.G.M.L. | url=http://kosiro.hp.infoseek.co.jp/gmh/id/354.htm | language=Japanese | accessdate=2008-02-24] multi-listen item
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"Piano Collections Final Fantasy IV"
Name = Piano Collections
Final Fantasy IV
Type = Soundtrack
Nobuo Uematsu, Toshiyuki Mori
Released = April 21, 1992
May 23, 2001 (re-release)
Length = 57:24
NTT Publishing Square Enix(re-release)
"Piano Collections Final Fantasy IV" is a collection of "
Final Fantasy IV" music composed by Nobuo Uematsuand played on pianoby Toshiyuki Mori. It spans 14 tracks and covers a duration of 57:24. It was first published by NTT Publishingon April 21, 1992, and subsequently re-published on May 23, 2001. The original release bears the catalog number "N38D-010", and the reprint bears the catalog number "NTCP-1001".cite web | author=Gann, Patrick; Thomas, Damian| title=Final Fantasy IV Piano Collections | publisher=RPGFan | url=http://www.rpgfan.com/soundtracks/ff4piano/index.html | accessdate=2007-02-22]
Reception and legacy
"Final Fantasy IV OSV" was well received; reviewers have praised the quality of the composition despite the limited medium. [cite web | author=Schweitzer, Ben | title=Final Fantasy IV OSV | year=1999 | url=http://www.rpgfan.com/soundtracks/ff4ost/index.html| work=RPGFan| accessdate=2006-04-18] Soundtrack Central compared it favorably with Uematsu's later works, especially the soundtrack for Final Fantasy VI, and termed it a "great CD". [cite web | author=Hoyak, Paul | title=Final Fantasy IV Original Sound Version | url=http://www.altpop.com/stc/reviews/ff4osv.htm | work=Soundtrack Central| accessdate=2008-02-22] However, the length of several tracks as well as of the album as a whole was criticized, with reviewers finding it "too short" and disapproving of the early fade-out of some songs. Reviewers found the expanded and remastered version found in the "Finest Box" to be comparable to the quality of the original album, with some tracks improving in their remake, becoming "deeper" or "sharper" as was appropriate. Overall reception of "Final Fantasy IV Celtic Moon" was also positive, though some reviewers felt that several of the tracks were of lesser quality than the rest of the album. Patrick Gann of
RPGFandescribed it as "Awesome. Purely spectacular." and Matt Brady of Final Fantasy Symphony concurred, saying that the "music quality for this soundtrack was spectacular."cite web | author=Brady, Matt | title=Final Fantasy IV: Celtic Moon | publisher=FF Symphony | url=http://www.ffsymphony.net/staff_reviews.php?review_id=9&soundtrack_id=43 | accessdate=2007-02-22] Daniel Space of RPGFan, however, found the quality mixed, and said that "some of the pieces do not live up to the new orchestration," although others "were a delight to hear." He also found some of the instruments to be slightly out of tune, which he disliked, though Matt Brady felt it gave the songs an "ethnic feel". Critical reception for "Piano Collections Final Fantasy IV" was positive, with reviewers terming the album "fantastic". Damian Thomas of RPGFansaid that the album was "a true gem" and said that despite his dislike of piano arrangements, he "truly appreciated" the album. Some reviewers felt that the songs in the album were "simplistic", especially in comparison to the piano collections for "Final Fantasy V" and "Final Fantasy VI", but said that "its simplicity calls for a different feeling, and it is still great," and that despite the lack of complexity, "all of the songs...are extremely nicely done." [cite web | author=Gordon, Adam| title=Final Fantasy IV Piano Collections | publisher=Soundtrack Central | url=http://www.altpop.com/stc/reviews/ff4pc.htm | accessdate=2007-02-22]
The music of "Final Fantasy IV" has remained popular since its release, especially in Japan. The track "Theme of Love" has even been taught to Japanese school children as part of the music curriculum. [cite web | author=Hitmitsu, Suppai | title=Final Fantasy Becomes Curriculum | publisher=IGN | date= March 31, 2004 | url=http://ps2.ign.com/articles/503/503226p1.html | accessdate=2006-03-01] [cite video | year=2007 | date=July 30 | url=http://www.gametrailers.com/player/22905.html | title=Final Fantasy Retrospective Part III | medium=GameTrailers.com feature | publisher=GameTrailers| accessdate=2008-02-22] Additionally,
The Black Mageshave arranged two pieces from "Final Fantasy IV". These are "Battle with the Four Fiends", an arrangement of "The Dreadful Fight", and "Zeromus", an arrangement of "The Final Battle", both of which can be found on the album ', published in 2004. [(December 22, 2004). "The Black Mages II: The Skies Above". Universal Music. UPCH-1377] A lyrical version of "Theme of Love", sung by Risa Ohki, appeared on ', a compilation album produced by Square. [(June 25, 1994). "Final Fantasy: Pray". NTT Publishing. PSCN-5006] Additionally, lyrical versions of "Main Theme of FINAL FANTASY IV" and "Edward's Harp", sung by Risa Ohkiand Ikuko Noguchi, appeared on "". [(November 25, 1995). "Final Fantasy: Love Will Grow". NTT Publishing. PSCN-5041]
Uematsu continues to perform certain pieces in his "Dear Friends: Music from Final Fantasy" concert series. [cite web | author=Schnieder, Peer | title=Dear Friends: Music from Final Fantasy | publisher=IGN | date=May 11, 2005 | url=http://music.ign.com/articles/513/513292p1.html | accessdate=2006-03-01] The music of "Final Fantasy IV" has also appeared in various official concerts and live albums, such as "
20020220 music from FINAL FANTASY", a live recording of an orchestra performing music from the series including several pieces from the game. [cite web| url=http://www.rpgfan.com/soundtracks/20020220/index.html|title=20020220 - Music from FINAL FANTASY| publisher=RPGFan| accessdate=2007-04-01] "Red Wings", "Theme of Love", and "Ending Theme", were played by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestrain their first Orchestral Game Concertin 1991 as part of a five concert tour, which was later released as an series of albums. [(November 18, 1991). "Orchestral Game Concert 1". Warner Music Japan. WPCL-560 ] Additionally, "Theme of Love" was performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestrafor the "Distant Worlds - Music from Final Fantasy" concert tour, [cite web|url=http://www.squareenixmusic.com/albums/f/ffdistantworlds.shtml|title=Distant Worlds - Music from Final Fantasy - Album Information |publisher=Square Enix Music Online|accessdate=2008-02-22] as well as by the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestrain the "" concert series. [cite web|url=http://www.squareenixmusic.com/albums/dvds/tourdejapon.shtml|title=Album Information - Tour de Japon: Music from Final Fantasy DVD|publisher=Square Enix Music Online|accessdate=2008-02-22] Independent but officially licensed releases of "Final Fantasy IV" music have been composed by such groups as Project Majestic Mix, which focuses on arranging video game music. [cite web | author=Rzeminski, Lucy | title=Project Majestic Mix: A Tribute to Nobuo Uematsu - Gold Edition | publisher= RPGFan| date=2002-07-02 | url=http://www.rpgfan.com/soundtracks/pmm-gold/index.html | accessdate=2008-08-13] Selections also appear on Japanese remix albums, called " dojin music", and on English remixing websites. [cite web | author=OverClocked ReMix | title=Game: Final Fantasy IV (SNES) | url=http://www.ocremix.org/game/final-fantasy-iv-snes/ | work= OverClocked ReMix | accessdate=2007-08-23]
* [http://na.square-enix.com/uematsu/ Nobuo Uematsu's official website]
* [http://www.mairebreatnach.com/ Máire Breatnach's official website]
* [http://na.square-enix.com/music/tunes/ff/ Square Enix's official music store]
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