"Final Fantasy VI was a sort of ending point for me. Not just the music, but the whole game. I thought, if I do this work for the rest of my life, how many more games will I be able to do? With the satisfaction and excitement I felt after finishing that project, I thought I had reached my primary goal, and could quit doing game music with no regrets."
The Original Soundtrack of Final Fantasy VI was released in Japan and North America as two separate compilations respectively called Final Fantasy VI: Original Sound Version and Kefka's Domain - The complete soundtrack from the Final Fantasy III video game.
The last of the soundtracks to be issued for the 16-bit generation of consoles, the album is the longest recorded for said generation of Final Fantasy games. For Uematsu, Final Fantasy VI's music marked the end of a stage in his career, which was well-grounded by then in the video game music industry.
Uematsu also stated this particular soundtrack was the most challenging Final Fantasy soundtrack he has ever worked on. The music was subsequently included in two arranged compilation albums: Final Fantasy VI: Grand Finale and its respective Piano Collections album.
The Original Soundtrack of Final Fantasy VI received raving reviews, being hailed more than once as one of the best soundtracks ever composed for a video game. The game features numerous fan favorites such as "Terra's Theme" and the "Aria di Mezzo Carattere".
The game's opening theme. A part of it was mixed into the game's final boss theme. One of the several themes in the game that include a part of the central melody of "Terra's Theme", which played during Terra's awakening at Arvis's house. The song's beginning has organ music slowly growing louder before synthesized vocals kick in that sing something twice that vaguely sounded like "Kefka", before eventually settling for harp strings playing.
"The Mines of Narshe"(炭坑都市ナルシェ,Tankō Toshi Narushe?) - 2:48
Kefka's Domain - The complete soundtrack from the Final Fantasy III video gameEdit
''Kefka's Domain - The complete soundtrack from the Final Fantasy III video game''
3 CDs - 61 Tracks
July 1, 1994 (Kefka's Domain)
October 1, 2004 (re-release)
Final Fantasy VI: Original Sound Version album was released in North America under the name Kefka's Domain - The complete soundtrack from the Final Fantasy III video game. It was originally available through direct order from Square's Redmond office before they closed down. Kefka's Domain is basically the same as the Japanese release, except that song title translations were taken from the translations used in the Original Sound Version Piano Sheet Music book and based on the English release of Final Fantasy VI (which had been released under the name Final Fantasy III).
Published by DOREMI Music Publishing, Final Fantasy VI Original Sound Version Piano Sheet Music contains solo piano arrangements for the music on the Original Soundtrack of Final Fantasy VI. The arrangements are done by Asako Niwa and the pieces' difficulty level varies from beginner to intermediate.