Final Fantasy XI is a game I’d never played because I’m not into MMO or doing any online gaming. I hadn’t even listened to the soundtrack because I didn’t play the game. So when I went to the first “Distant Worlds” concert in 2010, I heard “Ronfaure” for the first time. Named after a region in the game, this piece was completely new to me. Nothing about it was familiar, but it was a gorgeous, relaxing piece. The piece sounded super simple at first, but as I listened to it more, I discovered that it had its simplicity and complexities, and they were woven together beautifully by Uematsu Nobuo, the master composer of the Final Fantasy series.
Because of “Distant Worlds”, my first exposure to the song was its orchestral version, so I much prefer that over the original, which is heavy with guitar solos and all. No offence to guitars, but I’m more of an orchestra or band person. This version is from the second “Distant Worlds” album, and it’s a song I’ve been humming and listening to a lot the last few weeks. Like I said, the melody is simple, so it’s easy to hum, but all the harmonies and supporting parts add depth to this piece. It almost feels like a folk song of some sort, and it makes me curious about Ronfaure and its people, culture, and history.
Do give this song a listen! Unlike last month’s selection, this isn’t creepy and scary. This song does have a hint of sadness to it, but it’s mostly cheerful sounding with a majestic edge here and there. Enjoy and I’ll be back next month with another Symphonic Selections post!