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- "Listen to my story. This may be our last chance."
- —Opening words, Tidus
Uematsu got the idea of the tune for the opening theme from a flautist he consulted for help. He requested the tune to be used in Final Fantasy X and coaxed the team in using it for certain event scenes, but they weren't convinced. In the end, they decided to try using it on the opening screen and Uematsu was surprised it was just perfect for it. In the end, the theme together with "Suteki da ne" became the game's main theme, something Uematsu still finds hard to believe.
|Final Fantasy X's "Movement in Green"|
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This theme shares the greatest importance in the soundtrack, along with "Suteki da ne", being played at various significant plot events, typically rearranged and under different titles, such as "Movement in Green", "The Truth Revealed" and a large part of Final Fantasy X's "Ending Theme".
An arrangement of "Zanarkand" known as "Movement in Green" in the English release appears in Dissidia Final Fantasy, playing in the Destiny Odyssey X storyline stage boards.
This arrangement is reused in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy as the world map theme during Chapter 5 of Light to All.
The original version of "To Zanarkand" is included in this crossover between Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest for the PlayStation Portable.
Arrangement Album appearancesEdit
A piano arrangement of Zanarkand named "At Zanarkand" was featured on the Final Fantasy X piano collections album.
"The Skies Above" is a rearranged version of "Zanarkand" featured as the title track of The Black Mages' second album The Black Mages II: The Skies Above. This version's entrance includes the original "Zanarkand" and is succeeded by a dynamic entry of a heavy metal arrangement of the original song, with lyrics by Alexander O. Smith and performed by Japanese tenor Tomoaki Watanabe credited as "Mr. Goo".
- Sparks from the fire rise up to the sky
- Higher and higher oh I want to fly
- Out of the story this time I'll be free
- Wake up for a moment from this dream of me
- Just a legend cold words on a page
- Lift up my eyes and I'm soaring away
- On silver wings spread out to the sun
- I'm leaving this city for the skies above.
- O'er the ruins an ancient light
- Never lost, never failing
- Follow me on my path to the heights
- Before the shadows fade into night
- Running back but I'm out of time.
- I could tell everything
- Hear the words that fill my mind
- How can I say she was mine?
This album features a classic guitar arrangement of "Zanarkand".
A remix by DJ duo Ante is included on this album.
"To Zanarkand" appears on this Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary arrangement album.
A techno arrangement of "Zanarkand" by AVTechNO! was included on this tribute to the Final Fantasy series music as the fourth track of its second disc.
An orchestral arrangement of "Zanarkand" was performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra at the Tokyo International Forum on February 20th, 2002. This arrangement was later included at the concert series "Tour De Japon" in 2004.
"Zanarkand" was performed by The World Festival Symphony Orchestra at the More Friends - Music from Final Fantasy concert, which took place at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, California on May 16th, 2005.
"Zanarkand" was performed and included in the sequel to Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy and was performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. This version of the theme introduces previously unheard variations into the, otherwise simple, central melody.
"Zanarkand" 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.