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"Aerith's Theme" (エアリスのテーマ, Earisu no Tēma?) or "Aeris's Theme", is Aerith Gainsborough's eponymous theme and an important track from the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII, being an important theme from Final Fantasy VII. It was composed by Nobuo Uematsu.

It contains elements of "Aria di Mezzo Carattere" from Final Fantasy VI. Elements of "Aerith's Theme" independent of "Aria di Mezzi Carattere" are present in "Yuna's Theme" from Final Fantasy X.

Game appearancesEdit

Final Fantasy VIIEdit

In Final Fantasy VII, "Aeris's Theme" plays at three stages in the game: during Elmyra Gainsborough's flashback where she tells the party of Aeris's childhood; during the fight with Jenova∙LIFE and during the preceding scene; and a final time at the end of disc 2 when the party remembers Aeris's sacrifice before raiding the Northern Cave. A short phrase of the theme is heard in the scene where Cloud sees Aerith's hand reach out for him from the Lifestream in the ending.

"Flowers Blooming in the Church" is an arrangement of "Aerith's Theme" and plays as the background theme for the Sector 5 Church, as well as in several in-game cutscenes involving Aeris.

"Aeris's Theme" is the nineteenth track of the Final Fantasy VII: Original Soundtrack's third disc; while "Flowers Blooming in the Church" is the twelfth track of the album's first disc.

Final Fantasy VII: Advent ChildrenEdit

The piano arrangement of "Aerith's Theme" from Piano Collections: Final Fantasy VII was included in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, and is the eleventh track of its original soundtrack.

"Water" is a new theme based on "Aerith's Theme", and plays at various parts of the film that focus on her, such as when her voice is heard on Cloud Strife's cellphone. It is the ninth track of the original soundtrack.

A new original arrangement of this theme is included in the remaster to Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete, and is titled "Aerith's Theme - ACC Long Version". This theme was released in the Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete Reunion Tracks album as its eleventh track.

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Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-Edit

"A Flower Blooming in the Slums (from Final Fantasy VII Aerith's Theme)" is an arrangement of the theme by Takeharu Ishimoto, and is the twenty-second track of the first disc of the Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- Original Soundtrack album. It features the piano and an acoustic guitar performance by Hirokazu Ogura. It plays during several cutscenes involving Aerith, including her appearance in the game's ending cutscene.

An orchestral version, accompanied by the acoustic guitar, of "Aerith's Theme" is also included on the ending theme of Crisis Core, "Fulfilled Desire", by Kazuhiko Toyama.

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Theatrhythm Final FantasyEdit

"Aerith's Theme" was selected as the theme for the Final Fantasy VII series play's respective Event Music Sequence.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain CallEdit

"Aerith's Theme" recurs in Curtain Call, this time as a Battle Music Sequence.

Arrangement Album AppearancesEdit

Final Fantasy VII: Reunion TracksEdit

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The Final Fantasy VII: Reunion Tracks orchestral version of "Aerith's Theme"
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"Aerith's Theme" is one of three tracks arranged by Shirō Hamaguchi and performed by an orchestra for this best-of album of Final Fantasy VII music. It is the final track of the album.

Piano Collections: Final Fantasy VIIEdit

A piano arrangement of "Aeris' Theme" by Shirō Hamaguchi was included in the Piano Collections album of Final Fantasy VII as the eleventh track.

Suteki da neEdit

"Aerith's Theme" is featured as a B-Side to RIKKI's "Suteki da ne" single. It is a vocal arrangement, and renamed "Pure Heart ~ Aerith's Theme". The track was voted in by fans to be arranged and included to the single's B-side and the lyrics are written by Emiko Shiratori, who sang the theme song for Final Fantasy IX. Uematsu had been aware of "Aerith's Theme's" popularity among the fans, so he wasn't surprised by their choice. However, in his opinion compositions other than "Aerith's Theme" would have been easier to make into a song.[1]

LyricsEdit

Japanese
Nagaku tsuzuku kono michi no mukou ni
Shinjirareru mono ga kitto aru
Kaze no naka no tabibito no you ni
Kita no sora o mezashite ikeba
Kiekaketa atsui omoi
Mou ichido mune no naka de
Kagayaki yureru
Namida nante koboshitakunai no
Yowai jibun ni makenai tame ni
Kazaranai kokoro dake ga
Motte iru me ni wa mienai
Ooki na tsubasa
Te o hiroge utainagara
Yuukyuu no toki ni dakare
Inochi o tsunagu
Nagaku tsuzuku kono michi no mukou ni
Shinjirareru mono ga kitto aru
English translation
Straight on this long, continuing road
There is surely something to believe in
Like a traveler in the midst of the wind
I have my eyes on the northern sky
The passionate feelings
That were beginning to vanish
Once again sway in radiance in my chest
I don't want the tears to spill
As so not to lose to my weaker self
In eyes holding only an unadorned spirit
There are great
Unseen wings
I open my arms while singing
To embrace the perpetuity of time
To be tied to life
Straight on this long, continuing road
There is surely something to believe in

Guitar Solo Final Fantasy Official Best CollectionEdit

A classic guitar arrangement of "Aerith's Theme" by Yuji Sekiguchi is present in the Guitar Solo Final Fantasy Official Best Collection. It is the fourteenth track of the album.

SQ ChipsEdit

The song appears in the 8-bit arrangement album featuring tracks from several Square Enix games. It is the eighth track in the album.

Final Fantasy Orchestra AlbumEdit

"Aerith's Theme" appears on this Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary arrangement album.

Live performancesEdit

20020220 music from Final FantasyEdit

The version of "Aerith's Theme" included in the concert album 20020220 music from Final Fantasy features an orchestration arrangement produced by Nobuo Uematsu and Shirō Hamaguchi.

Dear Friends -Music from Final Fantasy-Edit

The orchestral arrangement of "Aerith's Theme" from 20020220 was part of the performances of this concert tour throughout the USA in 2005. It was the eleventh song of the line-up.

More Friends - Music from Final FantasyEdit

"Aerith's Theme" is included on this live recording of an orchestral concert, preformed by The World Festival Symphony Orchestra conducted by Arnie Roth at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, California on May 16th, 2005.

Distant Worlds II: More Music from Final FantasyEdit

The orchestral version of "Dear Friends" from 20020220 was included in the sequel to Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy, arranged and performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. It was the twelfth song of the line-up and track of the concert's recording.

Distant Worlds: Music from Final FantasyEdit

"Aerith's Theme" was performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in this live orchestra concert recording.

Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy Returning HomeEdit

"Aerith's Theme" is included on this live recording of an orchestral concert, performed by the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Arnie Roth held in Tokyo, in November 2010.

Compilation Album AppearancesEdit

Final Fantasy S Generation: Official Best CollectionEdit

Final Fantasy VII: Reunion Tracks version of "Aerith's Theme" is the thirteenth track of this compilation.

Potion: Relaxin' with Final FantasyEdit

Final Fantasy VII: Reunion Tracks version of "Aerith's Theme" is the thirteenth track of this compilation.

Dear Friends: Music From Final Fantasy Original SoundtrackEdit

"Aerith's Theme"'s original version was released as the eight track of this collection of themes present in the Dear Friends -Music from Final Fantasy- concert tour.

Final Fantasy VII Vinyl Limited EditionEdit

"Aerith's Theme" is included on the third disc of this collectors' edition.

"Aerith's Theme" and the "Aria di Mezzo Carattere"Edit

Among many fans there exists the belief that "Aerith's Theme" may have been inspired by or based upon Final Fantasy VI's "Aria di Mezzo Carattere". The reason for this stems from many similarities between the songs: the musical scales in which both tracks are written, D-major, similar chord changes, and the fact that they share several notes in their central melodies. There is no source, though, that points the Aria as being the base for "Aerith's Theme".

MerchandiseEdit

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"Aeris's Theme" music box.

One of, if not the, rarest pieces of Final Fantasy merchandise is the limited edition Final Fantasy VII music box that plays "Aeris's Theme". It has a gold plaque that says "Aeris's Theme" and its limited number. Only 100 pieces were ever produced by Sankyo Orpheus Japan. This music box has 50 notes whereas most music boxes have only 18 and the box is made out of curubixa wood.

TriviaEdit

  • Aerith's theme has appeared on the Classic FM's Hall of Fame in the years 2012, 2013 and 2014. It was 16th in 2012, 3rd in 2013, and 7th in 2014.

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