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"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" or "Something to Protect", is General Beatrix's theme from Final Fantasy IX.

"Roses of May" is written in D minor, and throughout the piece, the first four notes of the ascending scale (D, E, F, G) are repeated.

Game appearances Edit

Final Fantasy IX Edit

IX 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 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?) plays continuously during Steiner and Beatrix's battles against Mistodons during the Battle of Alexandria.

Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy Edit

Dissidia012 The original version of "Roses of May" is, along with "Festival of the Hunt" and "Swords of Fury", part of the Final Fantasy IX Music Pack DLC distributed through the PlayStation Network.

It may be automatically selected for Arcade and Quick Battles featuring Zidane Tribal or Kuja, or taking place at the Crystal World or the M.S. Prima Vista.

Dissidia Final Fantasy (2015)Edit

Dissidia A new arrangement, called "Something to Protect", was a reward from winning “Battle of the Gods – Act 4” (Jan. 2017).

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Edit

TFF 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.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call Edit


This piano tune plays when General Beatrix saves Dagger in FFIX, expressing the grief of the true knight who realizes her error too late.
—"Roses of May" DLC description

"Something to Protect" returns as a Battle Music Sequence in the base game, while "Roses of May" is a Field Music Sequence available as downloadable content.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy All-Star CarnivalEdit

TFFASC "Roses of May" returns, this time as a playable Field Music Sequence. It is available to the player by default.

Beginner Basic Expert Ultimate Transcendent
N/A 3 6 9 N/A

"Something to Protect" also appears as a playable Battle Music Sequence. It can be unlocked by purchasing it in the song store for 5 sound medals. It was also the worldwide victory reward for the "Terra vs. Lightning" Lux Crystal Battle that took place between February 1, 2017 and February 14, 2017.

Beginner Basic Expert Ultimate Transcendent
N/A 3 6 9 N/A

Arrangement album appearances Edit

Piano Collections: Final Fantasy IX Edit

A piano arrangement of "Roses of May" by Shirō Hamaguchi is included on the album as its tenth track.

Guitar Solo Final Fantasy Official Best Collection Edit

The album features a classic guitar arrangement of "Rose of May" by Yuji Sekiguchi as its twentieth track.

Final Fantasy IX Chips Edit

An 8-bit arrangement of "Roses of May" by Xinon is included in this album as its fifth track.

Cafe SQ Edit

"Cafe SQ: FINAL FANTASY IX "Rose of May" / Serph" is a song on this arrangement album with music arranged to the theme of music that plays in cafes.

Piano Opera Final Fantasy VII/VIII/IX Edit

"Roses of May" is the tenth song in this piano arrangement album.

Live performances Edit

Distant Worlds III: more music from Final Fantasy Edit

A concert recording of "Roses of May" appears on this album.

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