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The "Main Theme of FINAL FANTASY IV" (ファイナルファンタジーIV メインテーマ, Fainaru Fantajī IV Mein Tēma?, lit. Final Fantasy IV Main Theme) is the Main Theme of Final Fantasy IV and one of its leitmotifs. It was composed by Nobuo Uematsu and rearranged by its original composer and other artists many times.
The tracks are arrangements of this track, played during purposely emotional scenes and whenever the player travels across the Underworld respectively.
As the game's main theme, the "Main Theme of FINAL FANTASY IV" plays as the player travels the Overworld world map; but it has also several arrangements in the soundtrack, and its theme is included in some tracks:
"Theme of Sorrow" is one of the earliest arrangements heard, and is played during mournful plot moments, such as the death of Anna; "Paladin", which plays when Cecil Harvey is converted into a Paladin, is a short arrangement; and "Land of Dwarves", which plays at the Underworld's world map, is another arrangement of the main theme. The game's "Ending Theme" includes several elements of this theme.
All of the above tracks were further rearranged by Junya Nakano for the soundtrack of the Final Fantasy IV remake for the Nintendo DS. The main theme was also included in the game's opening theme, composed by Junya Nakano as well.
The main theme plays out at the beginning and in the end, and this key point is something the game's scenario writer Takashi Tokita feels most proud of. In the section with the Tower of Babil where everyone comes together the developers initially wanted use the main theme, but it was decided it wouldn't give the same effect, so it was cut out from that section and kept for the ending.
The main theme of Final Fantasy IV and its arrangements return in the sequel. The theme itself and "Land of Dwarves" remain as background themes for the world maps of the Overworld and Underworld.
Dissidia features an arrangement of this theme by Takeharu Ishimoto, playing in the Destiny Odyssey IV storyline stage boards. Known as "Main Theme -arrange- from FINAL FANTASY IV", it is the eighteenth track of the first disc of the Original Soundtrack.
The "Main Theme of FINAL FANTASY IV" is the Field music selected for Final Fantasy IV's Series play.
Arrangement Album appearancesEdit
This theme was included in the album Final Fantasy IV: Celtic Moon performed in the style of Celtic music. It was arranged by Máire Breatnach and it is the fifth track of the album.
A piano arrangement of the theme by Shirou Satou is found on this album as the fifth track.
A remix of the theme is included on this album, called "Main Theme of Final Fantasy IV" (phat style remix), and is remixed by Phat Stylee. It is the third track of the album.
- “Only computers remained for him after the end of human kind and the planet. He abandoned Earth with a rocket... faster than light. Reversing time, he entered eternity, just as he witnessed the birth of the blue planet Earth. The beauty of the single planet in the darkness could not be expressed in words. Only then did "loneliness" overcome his heart. Imagine such a story. The scenes will come up in front of your eyes.”
- —Liner notes to "Long Distance" on Final Fantasy: Love Will Grow album
"Long Distance" is a vocal arrangement of the Main Theme of Final Fantasy IV featured in the music album Final Fantasy: Love Will Grow, performed by Risa Ohki. It is sung in Japanese and is the first track of the album.
A classic guitar arrangement of this song by Yuji Sekiguchi was featured in this album. It is the ninth track.
A piano arrangement by Hiroyuki Nakayama of this theme is included in this album as its first track.
Compilation Album appearancesEdit
The piano arrangement of this theme from the Piano Collections: Final Fantasy IV album is included in this compilation of arrangements as the eight track.
"Main Theme of Final Fantasy IV" is included on the second disc of this collector's edition set.