To commemorate the fact that Square-Enix is finally serious about remaking Final Fantasy VII, I’ve decided to postpone my original selection for this column and choose a Final Fantasy song I adore. After talking to Raisa and seeing several other friends’ tweets on them wishing for a Final Fantasy VI remake (and also wishing for a Gensou Suikoden remake!), I chose to feature “Terra’s Theme” performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra from the second Distant Worlds album.
I am a firm believer that video game music sounds absolutely amazing when orchestrated right, and this piece is an epitome of that belief. I absolutely love this piece. It sounds melancholic and majestic at the same time, and those horn soli . . . GUH. It really makes me wish I’d chosen something other than that alto sax now . . .
Anyway, I remember first hearing this song in my high school band room, where a bunch of friends were playing Final Fantasy VI on the Super Nintendo, and when they told me that this was “Terra’s Theme”, I did a double-take hearing my name until they told me that it was a different spelling. Different spelling aside, I do feel a kinship to this song because of our same-sounding name (the Japanese version of the game calls her Tina, though!), and I remember watching the sprites on the overworld moving around with this song in the background. In fact, this song also was one of the first ones I figured out how to play on my own on the piano. It’s a super easy rendition, but it’s obvious that I love the song since I’ve taken the time to plink it out on the piano! :D
Anyway, even if you’re not a gamer or not fond of instrumentals, do give this a listen. It’s a beautiful piece, and it’s a fantastic finale piece that many Final Fantasy music concerts use as a closing piece.