|"Roses of May" from Piano Collections: Final Fantasy IX|
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"Roses of May" (ローズ・オブ・メイ, Rōzu obu Mei?), also known as "Rose of May" and sometimes mistranslated as "Loss of Me", is General Beatrix's theme from Final Fantasy IX. "Roses of May" is written in a natural minor scale. Its initial notes are actually the progression of the first four pitches of any natural minor, making the theme a convenient way of learning how to play such scales for any given key.
Being General Beatrix's motif, "Roses of May" can be heard during appearances of her, more specifically when she questions Brahne at the Red Rose after the events at Cleyra, and when Zidane Tribal and Baku speak to Beatrix when searching for Garnet at Alexandria.
An arrangement of "Roses of May" named "Something to Protect" (守るべきもの, Mamorubeki mono?), which plays continuously during the Steiner and Beatrix's battles against Mistodons during the Defense of Alexandria.
An original remix of "Roses of May" plays in the Collection section of the Museum, while the original arrangement of "Something to Protect" is playable as a Dark Note and unlockable Battle Music Sequence theme.
Arrangement Album appearancesEdit
A piano arrangement of "Roses of May" by Shirō Hamaguchi is included in the Piano Collections: Final Fantasy IX album as its tenth track.
The album features a classic guitar arrangement of "Rose of May" by Yuji Sekiguchi as its twentieth track.
An 8-bit arrangement of "Roses of May" by Xinon is included in this album as its fifth track.