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I know that with every concert that we have, when we have the orchestra perform "One-Winged Angel", for some reason or another that's the one that has the biggest reaction, and everyone sort of expects that to be in a Final Fantasy concert. I still can't figure out why. I know that I pushed everyone to his/her limits, but then it worked out in the end.
—Nobuo Uematsu

"One-Winged Angel" (片翼の天使, Katayoku no Tenshi?) is a musical theme from Final Fantasy VII, and it is notable for the final battle theme and for being the first theme in the series to feature vocal lyrics. It was composed by Nobuo Uematsu.

"One-Winged Angel" is one of the most popular tracks of the Final Fantasy series. The song's name refers to Safer∙Sephiroth, who has six white wings where his legs should be and a grotesque black wing where his right arm should be, but since its original appearance, this title is commonly used to refer to Sephiroth himself and serves as a motif for the character (Sephiroth's original character theme from Final Fantasy VII is "Those Chosen by the Planet"). With Sephiroth's popularity, "One-Winged Angel" has received several arrangements and had several appearances outside Final Fantasy VII, never far from the presence of the villain it is associated with.

DevelopmentEdit

"One-Winged Angel" broke new ground in the Final Fantasy series by being the first song in a Final Fantasy game with lyrics. The developers experimented with the song and took the recording of it and reduced it in a way it would fit the game; Uematsu has mentioned that "One-Winged Angel" is a good example of an experimental song, or a result that they didn't expect from the beginning.

Nobuo Uematsu apparently got his inspiration for "One-Winged Angel" through Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho Theme. This is confirmed when Nobuo himself states it so in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children's special feature, "The Distance: Making of Featurette" on Disc Two of the Two-Disc Special Edition.

Uematsu had not been trained or been in an orchestra prior to composing "One-Winged Angel", but he wanted to keep the orchestral music atmosphere and be able to "rock it" and have a thick orchestral feel to it. He had samples of stuff he had prepared for the orchestra, but in the end he ended up just giving it over to them and seeing how they could perform it.[1]

During the VOICES: Music from Final Fantasy concert, the encore piece was "One-Winged Angel" performed by both The Black Mages and the orchestra. Afterward Uematsu has stated: "At that moment, I knew that was the complete "One-Winged Angel". So I still think "One-Winged Angel" is a rock piece".[1]

Game appearancesEdit

Final Fantasy VIIEdit

"One-Winged Angel" first appeared as the background theme for the final battle against Safer∙Sephiroth in Final Fantasy VII. It was released as the sixteenth track of the game's original soundtrack's fourth disc.

LyricsEdit

Several verses were taken from the medieval poetry compilation Carmina Burana.

Latin
CHORUS
Estuans interius
Ira vehementi
Estuans interius
Ira vehementi
Sephiroth
Sephiroth
REPEAT CHORUS
Sors immanis
Et inanis
Sors immanis
Et inanis
REPEAT CHORUS
Veni, veni, venias,
Ne me mori facias
Veni, veni, venias,
Ne me mori facias
Veni, veni, venias,
Ne me mori facias
Veni, veni, venias,
Ne me mori facias
Veni, veni, venias, Gloriosa
Ne me mori facias Generosa
Veni, veni, venias, Gloriosa
Ne me mori facias Generosa
Veni, veni, venias, Gloriosa
Ne me mori facias Generosa
Veni, veni, venias, Gloriosa
Ne me mori facias Generosa
Sephiroth
Sephiroth
Sephiroth
English translation
CHORUS
Burning inside
with violent anger
Burning inside
with violent anger
Sephiroth
Sephiroth
REPEAT CHORUS
Fate - monstrous
And empty
Fate - monstrous
And empty
REPEAT CHORUS
Come, come, O come,
Do not let me die
Come, come, O come,
Do not let me die
Come, come, O come,
Do not let me die
Come, come, O come,
Do not let me die
Come, come, O come, Glorious
Do not let me die Noble
Come, come, O come, Glorious
Do not let me die Noble
Come, come, O come, Glorious
Do not let me die Noble
Come, come, O come, Glorious
Do not let me die Noble
Sephiroth
Sephiroth
Sephiroth

Final Fantasy VII: Advent ChildrenEdit

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"One-Winged Angel" was rearranged for the movie Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, to play during the final battle between Cloud Strife and Sephiroth. This arrangement is titled "Advent: One-Winged Angel", and was meant to be the main focus of the film's soundtrack. Notable from any past iteration of the piece, this new version features an orchestral performance accompanied by The Black Mages, arranged by Shiro Hamaguchi and Kenichiro Fukui, and new lyrics by Tetsuya Nomura. This theme was released as the ninth track from the second disc of the Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Original Soundtrack.

For the movie's extended cut, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete, the song was again redone and titled "Advent: One-Winged Angel - ACC Long Version", and features new orchestration. Since the scene during which the song plays had been lengthened, a new passage was added toward the end. It repeats the song as heard from 1:29-2:15, without the Latin chorus and metal band accompaniment. This new arrangement of "One-Winged Angel" was released as the twelfth track of the Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete Reunion Tracks album.

In the commentary for Advent Children, Nobuo Uematsu comments that the previous orchestration never really quite felt right to him and, by contrast, the combination of orchestra and metal sounds seemed to be what the piece really required all along. Uematsu also noted various rock bands that had performed their songs with an orchestra, and failed, and stated that because "One-Winged Angel" was written for neither an orchestra or a rock band, the two styles ended up meshing together well for the song's remix.

There is a dispute concerning the official translation of the Latin lyrics and another, more literal translation of the first and last stanzas. Whether or not the official translation of the song conveys the same message as its literal translation is entirely a matter of opinion.

LyricsEdit

Latin
Noli manere, manere in memoria
Noli manere, manere in memoria
Sephiroth, Sephiroth
Saevam iram, iram et dolorem
Saevam iram, iram et dolorem
Sephiroth, Sephiroth
Ferum terribile fatum
Noli manere, manere in memoria
Noli manere, manere in memoria
Sephiroth, Sephiroth
Veni, mi fili. Veni, mi fili
Hic veni, da mihi mortem iterum
Veni, mi fili. Veni, mi fili
Hic veni, da mihi...
Noli manere in memoria
Saevam iram et dolorem
Ferum terribile fatum
Ille iterum veniet
Mi fili, veni, veni, veni, mi fili
Mi fili, veni, veni, veni, mi fili
Mi fili, veni, veni, veni, mi fili
Mi fili, veni, veni, veni, mi fili
Mi fili, veni, veni, veni, mi fili
(Qui mortem invitavit)
Mi fili, veni, veni, veni, mi fili
(Poena funesta natus)
Mi fili, veni, veni, veni, mi fili
(Noli nomen vocare)
Mi fili, veni, veni, veni, mi fili
(Ille iterum veniet)
Sephiroth, Sephiroth
Sephiroth
Official translation
Won't remain, remain in memory
Won't remain, remain in memory
Sephiroth, Sephiroth
Raging anger, anger and misery
Raging anger, anger and misery
Sephiroth, Sephiroth
Fierce, terrible fate
Won't remain, remain in memory
Won't remain, remain in memory
Sephiroth, Sephiroth
Come, my son. Come, my son
Come here, give me death once more
Come, my son. Come, my son
Come here, give me...
Won't remain in memory
Raging anger and misery
Fierce, terrible fate
The second advent
My son, come, come, come, my son
My son, come, come, come, my son
My son, come, come, come, my son
My son, come, come, come, my son
My son, come, come, come, my son
(By death's invitation)
My son, come, come, come, my son
(Painful tainted birth)
My son, come, come, come, my son
(Won't call the name)
My son, come, come, come, my son
(The second advent)
Sephiroth, Sephiroth
Sephiroth
Literal Translation[2]
Don't remain, remain in memory
Don't remain, remain in memory
Sephiroth, Sephiroth
Fierce anger, anger and pain
Fierce anger, anger and pain
Sephiroth, Sephiroth
Wild, terrible fate
Don't remain, remain in memory
Don't remain, remain in memory
Sephiroth, Sephiroth
Come, my son. Come my son
Come here, give me death once more
Come, my son. Come my son
Come here, give me...
Don't
Remain
In memory
Fierce
Anger
And pain
Wild
Terrible
Fate
That [Man]
Once again
Will come
My son, come, come, come, my son
My son, come, come, come, my son
My son, come, come, come, my son
My son, come, come, come, my son
My son, come, come, come, my son
He who invited death
My son, come, come, come, my son
[Was] born with an ill-fated punishment
My son, come, come, come, my son
Don't call his name
My son, come, come, come, my son
That [Man] will come again
Sephiroth
Sephiroth

Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII-Edit

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An orchestral arrangement of "One-Winged Angel" by Kazuhiko Toyama titled "Vengeance on the World (from FFVII "One-Winged Angel")", is present in Crisis Core -Final Fantasy VII- and plays during a flashback sequence where Sephiroth battles Genesis Rhapsodos, and the Sephiroth boss battle at Nibelheim along with "Controlling the Iron Beast". This new version is half the length of the original version, and features a shorter introduction leading into the vocals much earlier.

This remix focuses on the song's orchestral elements, providing a contrast between it and Genesis's themes, "Flapping Black Wing" and "SOLDIER Battle", which focus on rock elements.

Dissidia Final FantasyEdit

The orchestral arrangement of "One-Winged Angel" from Final Fantasy VII: Reunion Tracks was included in Dissidia Final Fantasy as "One-Winged Angel -orchestra version- from FINAL FANTASY VII" and appears as one of the two default Final Fantasy VII battle themes. It is the second track of Dissidia Final Fantasy Original Soundtrack's second disc.

"One-Winged Angel" can be automatically selected for battles including Sephiroth or Cloud, or taking place at Planet's Core.

Dissidia 012 Final FantasyEdit

As with all tracks present in the original game, "One-Winged Angel -orchestra version- from FINAL FANTASY VII" returns in the prequel to Dissidia Final Fantasy. It is given the same appearances as in the aforementioned game, but can also be automatically selected for battles including the newcomer Tifa Lockhart.

Theatrhythm Final FantasyEdit

The original version of "One-Winged Angel" was selected as the Battle Music Sequence for Final Fantasy's Series play in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy. The game's director, Ichiro Hazama, has noted that "One-Winged Angel" was one of the two main songs the team was told to include when the development on the game was started. The other song was "Clash on the Big Bridge".[3]

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain CallEdit

"Advent: One-Winged Angel" will appear as the Event Music Sequence for Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.

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Ehrgeiz: God Bless the RingEdit

The original version of "One-Winged Angel" plays in the cinematic ending for all of the playable characters from Final Fantasy VII (Cloud, Sephiroth, Tifa, Vincent, Yuffie and Zack). The ending is a montage of FMV scenes from Final Fantasy VII.

Arrangement Album appearancesEdit

Final Fantasy VII: Reunion TracksEdit

An orchestrated arrangement of "One-Winged Angel" by Shiro Hamaguchi was included in the Final Fantasy VII best-of music album Final Fantasy VII: Reunion Tracks. Some versions of the album contain a hidden pregap track accessed by rewinding from the start of the album. This track is an instrumental version of "One-Winged Angel".

Piano Collections: Final Fantasy VIIEdit

A piano arrangement of the theme by Shiro Hamaguchi and performed by Seiji Honda is included on the Final Fantasy VII iteration of Piano Collections as the eleventh track.

Final Fantasy Orchestra AlbumEdit

"One-Winged Angel" appears on this Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary arrangement album.

Compilation Album appearancesEdit

Final Fantasy S Generation: Official Best CollectionEdit

The orchestral version of "One-Winged Angel" from the Final Fantasy VII: Reunion Tracks was included on this album as the eight track.

Final Fantasy VinylsEdit

"One-Winged Angel" is included on the fifth disc of this collector's edition set.

Final Fantasy VII Vinyl Limited EditionEdit

"One-Winged Angel" is included on the fourth disc of this collectors' edition.

Live performancesEdit

"One-Winged Angel" is typically performed as an encore on the Final Fantasy concerts.

20020220 music from Final FantasyEdit

"One-Winged Angel", performed live by Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, is included on this concert record album.

More Friends - Music from Final FantasyEdit

"Advent: One-Winged Angel" was included on this concert, preformed by The World Festival Symphony Orchestra conducted by Arnie Rothand The Black Mages, at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, California on May 16th, 2005.

Distant Worlds: Music from Final FantasyEdit

"One-Winged Angel" was performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in this live orchestra concert recording.

Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy Returning HomeEdit

"One-Winged Angel" 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. Instead of being the encore, "One-Winged Angel" opens the concert.

Vanafest 2012Edit

"Advent: One-Winged Angel" was performed by the Earthbound Papas at the 2012 edition of Vanafest, the Final Fantasy XI Festival.

Appearances outside Final Fantasy mediaEdit

Kingdom Hearts seriesEdit

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"One-Winged Angel" was remixed by Yoko Shimomura twice for the series, playing in superboss battles with Sephiroth in both Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II, as well as playing during his fights with Cloud in cutscenes. The version of the song used in the original Kingdom Hearts was given an enhanced remix for the PlayStation 3 re-release of the game as Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMix. The remixes of the theme feature shorter intros, leading almost immediately into the Latin vocals, and the vocals as a whole are more prominent than in the original version.

TriviaEdit

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  • In Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories and Kingdom Hearts: Re:Chain of Memories, "One-Winged Angel" appears as a Keyblade for Sora known as the One-Winged Angel. It is one of the more powerful Keyblades one can obtain, and is modeled after Sephiroth's Masamune. In Final Mix, it is obtained by defeating Sephiroth, while in Chain of Memories and its remake, it can be found in the Room of Rewards.
  • "One-Winged Angel" is also the name of Sephiroth's exclusive Level 100 weapon in Dissidia Final Fantasy.
  • Sephiroth's "One-Winged Angel" incarnation and its six white wings are a direct nod to the angelic description of Seraphim in Isaiah 6:2.
"Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two they veiled their faces, with two they veiled their feet, and with two they hovered aloft".
However, the name and title "One-Winged Angel" owe themselves not to these six white wings, but to the seventh single black wing.
  • Defeating Sephiroth in Kingdom Hearts Final Mix included in Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX unlocks the "One-Winged Angel" trophy.
  • The melody of the lyrics "Sors immanis, et inanis", may be derived from Sephiroth's theme, "Those Chosen by the Planet".
  • The theme is featured in a Robot Chicken skit that parodies Final Fantasy VII. Here, the only lyrics featured is the word "Hamburger" played comically when Sephiroth appears in the skit.
  • Due to difficulties hearing the exact lyrics, various listeners have composed a myriad of misinterpreted lyrics of the song, some of which can be viewed on YouTube.
  • Motomu Toriyama said that "Caius's Theme" from Final Fantasy XIII-2 was meant to surpass even "One-Winged Angel".
  • In the video game Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory, "One-winged angel" is the name of a quest client.
  • Aggrotech band Reaper uses samples from "One-Winged Angel" in their song "Daemon" on their 2005 Angst EP.

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