While Final Fantasy VII is not my favorite game from the series, it does possess some very memorable music. Chief among these is the anxious, driving boss battle theme, known as “Those Who Fight Further” (更に闘う者達). I’d go so far as to call it the most well-known JRPG battle theme, which is why I thought it worthy of a full-scale piano remix.
Several hours into my arranging, it became apparent that there was no way to do the song justice by using a single piano. So two were required. This is an arrangement for four hands on two pianos, and frankly, it would probably be easier as six hands on three pianos. However, because this is a synthesized arrangement (e.g. not recorded live) I got away with mixing it in a manner that is probably impossible for just two people to play. Exciting!
Credit for the original composition goes to the great Nobuo Uematsu. I also based this arrangement off a MIDI version of the track downloaded from rpggamer.com.
Bonus: if you’re in the mood for some nostalgia, here’s a 10-minute video of every boss battle in the game. :D
1UP: Last week, Final Fantasy Versus XIII director Tetsuya Nomura said that he’s hard at work adding new scenes to the FFVII: Advent Children Complete Blu-ray release. Can you give us any update on that project?
SH: You can look forward to the upcoming invite-only fan event DKS3713 [taking place in Tokyo on August 2 and 3], where we’ll have a major announcement that will shock the fans in attendance.
A major FFVII announcement that will “shock the fans in attendance?” Unless they’re announcing “Dance Dance Revolution: Final Fantasy mix” or something equally lame, you can bet this will be good. After all, fans can only take so many spin-offs…
Okay – I’ve finally had it. I have listened to so many mediocre arrangements of this song that it’s finally time to write a good one.
For those who don’t know (shame on you), Aerith’s Theme comes from quite possibly the greatest game of all time: Final Fantasy VII. The theme is beautiful, and many artists have attempted to arrange it in a variety of styles. Most are terrible; a rare few turn out very nice. I hope that this intermediate-level arrangement fits the latter description… ;)
I hesitated to post this song since it is, as described, an impromptu performance. I haven’t edited the recorded MIDI at all. What you hear is straight how it came outta my fingers, sloppy runs and all. But I feel like it’s important to post a good, original, live arrangement of this piece on the internet since most the amateur versions out there sound like they came out of a Lv3 Alfred Book. Argh. This is certainly a more varied, lively performance than the ones I’ve heard so far. (And no, I haven’t heard the Piano Collections arrangement of this, unfortunately. I imagine it’s quite good!)
It is also worth mentioning that this was arranged by ear, without any source notation. The mp3 and ogg files are soundfont-generated and NOT from an actual piano. I apologize for that, but alas – no recording studio + Yamaha Disklavier yet! Someday!! :D
Comments/requests for additional FF arrangements are welcome.