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
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.
After reading Eragon by Christopher Paolini, I was struck by the awesomeness of a teenager making the New York Times Bestseller list with his first novel. If that’s not living the “American Dream,” I don’t know what is.
Anyway, the book is quite good and I am very impressed by Chris’s accomplishment. So in honor of him and his first novel, I’ve written a piano tribute to my two favorite parts of the book: the world of Alagaesia and the protagonist Eragon. This piano piece begins and ends with an Alagaesian theme while the middle section is a tribute to Eragon. I hope it does both justice.
This was recorded off my old Roland HP-30006 keyboard and synthesized via a very nice Steinway-based soundfont. Yes, an actual live recording will always sound better, but this will have to do until I can afford an actual Steinway. (Which, according to my calculations, should be sometime around 1 Jan 2135).
This piece uses a really simple mix of instruments – four pianos and a drumset – to create a driving yet haunting theme unlike anything you’ve heard before. The simplicity of “Purgatory’s Mansion” is remarkable – I really like this recurring simplicity idea, if you haven’t guessed – and I think that’s why it’s such a dramatic piece despite its lack of orchestration. With the piano being my favorite instrument and the one I’ve studied the most, you’ll notice it shows up in almost every one of my compositions for at least a cameo appearance. “Purgatory” is one of the few pieces that really uses it front-and-center, and I like it. Pianos are great!