Final Fantasy IX: Original Soundtrack is the soundtrack for Final Fantasy IX. It contains musical tracks from the game except the music played during FMVs and other special scenes. These tracks would later be released in a companion disc called Final Fantasy IX Original Soundtrack PLUS. Sheet music for "Melodies of Life" was also included in both regular and limited edition versions.
Development[edit | edit source]
The series's composer, Nobuo Uematsu, finished composing the music for Final Fantasy IX in a period of little less than a year, a rather long development time compared to the time he used with previous Final Fantasy soundtracks, despite working over 12-hour days. He initially composed around 160 tracks, but it would have required six CDs to release and was deemed too large, and around 20 of the tracks he composed ended up not being used. One such track as the original main theme that would've played on the world map, but even if Uematsu really liked the track it ended up not being used due to there not being a suitable place for it in the game. Uematsu originally tried writing the music for Final Fantasy IX using only traditional instruments (non-electronic/digital), but felt the sound would "be unbalanced" and "a little boring".
Uematsu was given a lot of freedom for the Final Fantasy IX soundtrack. For Final Fantasy VII and Final Fantasy VIII, Uematsu said it was hard to put exorbitant music in due to their emphasized realism. However, because of the emphasized cartoony and fantastical natures of Final Fantasy IX, he found both serious and silly pieces could fit in well. Though originally Uematsu planned subtle, classical-sounding tunes that would fit the game's medieval setting and feel, he decided that just one genre of music would be boring.
Uematsu also noted that because Final Fantasy IX was returning to the series' roots, the soundtrack would be influenced by older titles. For example, the intro to the battle theme from earlier titles was reinstated, and a few of the tracks, such as Pavilion of Doga and Une and Gurgu Volcano, were remixes of their original counterparts.
Uematsu used inspiration from medieval Europe when composing the soundtrack, taking a two-week break to travel to Europe and looking at old castles in Germany. Since the setting of Final Fantasy IX isn't as grand as the setting for Final Fantasy VIII (which had some orchestrated and otherwise "grand" pieces), Uematsu wanted to go for a simple, warm style. Uematsu also noted that he used samples from instruments people might not be familiar with, such as a kazoo or dulcimer.
Track list[edit | edit source]
English tracklist adapted from Spotify.
Disc One (1:11:14)[edit | edit source]
- "A Place to Call Home" (いつか帰るところ, Itsuka Kaeru Tokoro?, lit. A Place to Return to Someday) - 2:08
- Plays during the introduction screen. Serves as the opening theme.
- "Memory Erased by a Storm" (嵐に消された記憶, Arashi ni Kesareta Kioku?) - 1:15
- Plays during the opening FMV, after Garnet's flashback of the boat in the storm.
- "The Meeting" (作戦会議, Sakusen Kaigi?, lit. Strategy Meeting) - 1:38
- "Sky of Alexandria (Night in Alexandria)" (アレクサンドリアの空, Arekusandoria no Sora?, lit. Sky of Alexandria) - 0:54
- Plays as the Prima Vista flies over Alexandria.
- "Night in Alexandria" is the title used in Uematsu's Best Selection - Music From The Final Fantasy IX Video Game. "Sky of Alexandria" is a more accurate translation. Both are used as notated above in the English digital tracklists.
- "Vivi's Theme" (ビビのテーマ, Bibi no Tēma?) - 3:11
- Vivi Ornitier's theme. Plays when controlling Vivi in Alexandria.
- "Swords of Fury" (この刃に懸けて, Kono Yaiba ni Kakete?, lit. By This Sword) - 2:42
- Plays at the beginning of the play and while fighting King Leo.
- "Vamo'alla flamenco" (Vamo' alla Flamenco, Vamo' alla Flamenco?) - 1:52
- Plays during the sword fight with Blank during the play and during the Chocobo Hot and Cold minigame. It was arranged as a heavy metal mix and included in the Black Mages' The Black Mages II: The Skies Above album.
- Writen "Vamo Alla Flamenco" on Apple Music.
- Writen "Vamo' allá Flamenco" on Uematsu's Best Selection - Music From The Final Fantasy IX Video Game.
- "Find the Princess" (決行～姫を探して～, Kekkō ~Hime o Sagashite~?, lit. Decisive Action ~Searching for the Princess~) - 3:14
- Plays while Zidane searches the palace for Princess Garnet and runs into her at the top of the stairs.
- "Court Jesters" (月なきみそらの道化師たち, Tsukinaki Misora no Dōkeshitachi?, lit. Jesters Under the Moonless Sky) - 3:20
- Plays during various scenes of Zorn and Thorn.
- "Steiner's Theme" (スタイナーのテーマ, Sutainā no Tēma?) - 2:27
- "Prima Vista Orchestra" (プリマビスタ楽団, Purimabisuta Gakudan?) - 1:45
- Played by the Prima Vista band as Zidane and Garnet fall off the tower and crash down into the Prima Vista.
- "Eye to Eye" (奪われた瞳, Ubawareta Hitomi?) - 2:50
- Plays when Zidane catches up with Garnet and she begs him to kidnap her, when Garnet and Steiner talk after arriving in South Gate, and when the party visits Garnet before her coronation.
- "The Fateful Hour" (今宵, Koyoi?, lit. Tonight) - 0:16
- Plays during the play, when King Leo captures Marcus.
- "Thy Warmth" (あなたのぬくもり, Anata no Nukumori?, lit. Your Warmth) - 0:34
- Plays during the play, when Garnet, Zidane and Steiner enter the stage by mistake.
- "Tragic Love" (あやまちの愛, Ayamachi no Ai?, lit. Mistaken Love) - 3:35
- Plays during the play, when Garnet, as Cornelia, jumps to Marcus's blade and dies and when Vivi and Puck are caught by the guards and jump onto the stage.
- "The Evil Within" (深淵の女王, Shin'en no Joō?, lit. Queen of the Abyss) - 1:31
- "Danger in the Forest" (ざわめく森, Zawameku Mori?) - 2:28
- "Battle 1" (バトル１, Batoru 1?) - 2:40
- Plays during normal battles.
- "Fanfare" (ファンファーレ, Fanfāre?) - 0:57
- Plays after winning a battle.
- "Distant Memory" (あの日の記憶, Ano Hi no Kioku?) - 2:27
- "Battle 2" (バトル２, Batoru 2?) - 4:05
- Plays during boss battles.
- "Game Over" (ゲームオーバー, Gēmu Ōbā?) - 1:55
- Plays on the Game Over screen.
- "Run!" (走れ！, Hashire!?) - 2:47
- Plays as the party escapes The Evil Forest and after rescuing Garnet in Alexandria.
- "Sweet Dreams" (おやすみ, Oyasumi?) - 0:09
- Plays while the party is sleeping.
- "Over the Hill" (あの丘を越えて, Ano Oka o Koete?) - 2:38
- "Ice Cavern" (氷の洞窟, Kōri no Dōkutsu?) - 2:59
- Plays during the party's visit to the Ice Cavern.
- "Village of Dali" (辺境の村 ダリ, Henkyō no Mura Dari?, lit. Dali, the Border Village) - 2:28
- Plays during the party's visit to the village of Dali.
- "Beyond the Twilight" (黄昏の彼方に, Tasogare no Kanata ni?) - 3:07
- "Steiner's Delusion" (盲進スタイナー, Mōshin Sutainā?) - 2:45
- Plays on several scenes involving Steiner.
- "Fleeting Life" (限りある時間, Kagiriaru Jikan?, lit. Limited Time) - 3:03
- "Zidane's Theme" (ジタンのテーマ, Jitan no Tēma?) - 2:46
- Zidane Tribal's theme. Plays while boarding the Cargo Ship and also briefly when Zidane takes control of its steering.
- "The Black Waltz" (黒のワルツ, Kuro no Warutsu?) - 1:39
- Plays on scenes involving the Black Waltz.
Disc Two (1:11:19)[edit | edit source]
- "Cid's Theme" (シドのテーマ, Shido no Tēma?) - 4:00
- "Out of the Frying Pan" (一難去って…, Ichinan Satte...?) - 3:10
- "Lindblum" (リンドブルム, Rindoburumu?) - 2:11
- Plays during the party's visit to the Regency of Lindblum.
- "A Song From Her Memory" (記憶の歌, Kioku no Uta?, lit. Song of Memories) - 1:53
- Plays when Zidane hears Garnet sing and meets her in Lindblum Castle's Tower. A slower version plays during the ending sequence as Queen Garnet is about to watch the play I Want to Be Your Canary. Shares the central melody with "Melodies of Life".
- "Festival of the Hunt" (ハンターチャンス, Hantā Chansu?, lit. Hunter's Chance) - 3:47
- "Qu's Marsh" (ク族の沼, Ku Zoku no Numa?) - 3:17
- "Quina's Theme" (クイナのテーマ, Kuina no Tēma?) - 3:52
- "Aloha de Chocobo" (アロハ・de・チョコボ, Aroha de Chokobo?) - 2:56
- "Ukulele de Chocobo" (ウクレ・le・チョコボ, Ukure le Chokobo?) - 2:22
- Plays while riding Choco on the world map.
- "Freya's Theme" (フライヤのテーマ, Furaiya no Tēma?) - 3:02
- Freya's theme. Plays during the party's visit to the Gizamaluke's Grotto.
- "South Gate" (国境の南ゲート, Kokkyō no Minami Gēto?, lit. South Gate at the Border) - 2:56
- Plays during the party's visit to the South Gate.
- "Faerie Battle" (フェアリーバトル, Fearī Batoru?) - 2:28
- "Kingdom of Burmecia" (ブルメシア王国, Burumeshia Ōkoku?) - 3:55
- Plays during the party's visit to Burmecia.
- "Unforgettable Silhouette" (忘れられぬ面影, Wasurerarenu Omokage?) - 3:24
- "Kuja's Theme" (クジャのテーマ, Kuja no Tēma?) - 2:25
- Kuja's theme. Plays on a few scenes involving Kuja.
- "The Wavering Blade" (迷いの剣, Mayoi no Tsurugi?) - 3:17
- Plays during battles with Beatrix. Also known as "Sword of Doubt".
- "Dark City Treno" (眠らない街 トレノ, Nemuranai Machi Toreno?, lit. Sleepless City Treno) - 2:53
- Plays during the party's visit to Treno.
- "Tantalus's Theme" (タンタラスのテーマ, Tantarasu no Tēma?) - 2:21
- Tantalus's theme.
- Written "Tantalu's Theme" on Apple Music.
- "Wicked Melody" (背徳の旋律, Haitoku no Senritsu?) - 2:25
- "Garnet's Theme" (ガーネットのテーマ, Gānetto no Tēma?) - 2:40
- Garnet's theme. Plays during the flashback of Garnet and Doctor Tot in Alexandria, and when Garnet prepares for her coronation.
- "Gargan Roo" (古根の道 ガルガン・ルー, Kōgen no Dō Garugan Rū?, lit. Gargan Roo, the Road of the Ancient Roots) - 1:47
- "Cleyra's Trunk" (クレイラの幹, Kureira no Miki?) - 2:43
- Plays during the party's visit to the Cleyra's Trunk.
- "Cleyra Settlement" (クレイラの街, Kureira no Machi?) - 2:21
- Plays during the party's visit to Cleyra.
- "Eternal Harvest" (永遠の豊穣, Eien no Hōjō?) - 1:15
- Plays during Freya's performance of the Ritual Dance to strengthen the sandstorm surrounding Cleyra.
- "Mourning the Sky" (空を愁いて, Sora o Ureite?) - 2:35
- Plays after the harp used on the Ritual Dance shatters, before the final battle with Beatrix, when the party visits Cid after the Battle of Lindblum, when the mute Garnet blames herself for the destruction of Alexandria, and at Mount Gulug when Eiko mourns the loss of Mog and Vivi gets upset over Kuja tricking the black mages.
- "The Extraction" (抽出, Chūshutsu?) - 1:15
- Plays when Zorn and Thorn extract Garnet's eidolons in Alexandria Castle, and when they try to extract Eiko's eidolons in Mount Gulug.
Disc Three (1:12:48)[edit | edit source]
- "City Under Siege" (襲撃, Shūgeki?, lit. Assault) - 2:23
- "Roses of May" (ローズ・オブ・メイ, Rōzu obu Mei?) - 2:34
- "Fossil Roo" (フォッシル・ルー, Fosshiru Rū?) - 2:31
- Plays during the party's visit to the Fossil Roo.
- "Conde Petie" (山吹く里 コンデヤ・パタ, Yamabuku Sato Kondeya Pata?, lit. Conde Petie, the Windy Mountain Village) - 3:43
- Plays during the party's visit to Conde Petie.
- Written "Conde Petit" on Apple Music.
- "Black Mage Village" (黒魔導士の村, Kuro Madōshi no Mura?) - 3:22
- Plays during the party's visit to the Black Mage Village.
- "Unrequited Love" (とどかぬ想い, Todokanu Omoi?) - 3:47
- Plays when Zidane tells Garnet about himself in the inn at the Black Mage Village and in Alexandria after returning from the Outer Continent, except when controlling Vivi.
- "Before the Altar" (神前の儀, Shinzen no Gi?) - 2:09
- Plays when Zidane and Garnet, and optionally Vivi and Quina, get married in Conde Petie.
- "Eiko's Theme" (エーコのテーマ, Ēko no Tēma?) - 3:36
- Eiko Carol's theme. Plays on scenes when Eiko is involved.
- "Madain Sari, Village of the Lost Summoners" (廃墟 マダイン・サリ, Haikyo Madain Sari?, lit. Madain Sari, the Ruins) - 3:49
- Plays during the party's visit to Madain Sari.
- "Eidolon Wall" (召喚壁, Shōkan heki?) - 2:31
- Plays at the Eidolon Wall in Madain Sari.
- "Iifa, the Ancient Tree of Life" (イーファの樹, Īfa no Ki?, lit. Iifa Tree) - 2:29
- Plays during the party's visit to the Iifa Tree.
- "Amarant's Theme" (サラマンダーのテーマ, Saramandā no Tēma?, lit. Salamander's Theme) - 2:28
- Amarant Coral's theme. Plays when the party meets Amarant for the first time.
- "Devil's Ambition" (欲望の足音, Yokubō no Ashioto?, lit. Footsteps of Desire) - 2:19
- Plays when the party confronts Kuja at the Iifa Tree, when Kuja initiates the Battle of Alexandria, and when the party awakes in the Desert Palace.
- "Outlaws" (おれたちゃ盗賊, Oretacha Tōzoku?, lit. We're Thieves) - 2:11
- Plays during the Active Time Event of Baku and his crew.
- "Foolproof Love Letter Scheme" (ラブレター大作戦, Rabu Retā Daisakusen?) - 2:53
- Plays during the Love Letter Incident.
- "Tetra Master" (クアッド・ミスト, Kuaddo Misuto?, lit. Quad Mist) - 3:39
- Plays when playing the card game Tetra Master.
- "Moogles' Theme" (モーグリのテーマ, Mōguri no Tēma?) - 1:56
- Plays during the party's visit to Mognet Central.
- "Something to Protect" (守るべきもの, Mamorubeki mono?) - 2:21
- Plays when Steiner and Beatrix protect Alexandria from monsters during the attack from Kuja and Bahamut. It is a cheerful, energetic version of Beatrix's theme, "Roses of May."
- "Light of Destiny" (召喚されし者, Shōkansareshi mono?, lit. The Summoned) - 2:55
- Plays when Garnet awakes in Alexandria and goes to the castle roof.
- "Master of Time" (時の管理者, Toki no Kanrisha?) - 2:43
- Plays in scenes involving Garland.
- Written "Master If Time" on Apple Music.
- "Oeilvert" (ウイユヴェール, Uiyuvēru?) - 2:17
- Arrangement of "A Place to Call Home". Plays during the party's visit to Oeilvert.
- "Chamber of a Thousand Faces" (刻まれた過去, Kizamareta Kako?, lit. Inscribed Past) - 2:52
- Plays during the party's visit to the room with The Faces of Oeilvert.
- "Look Back, See the Frog!" (振りカエルと奴がいる, Furi Kaeru to Yatsu ga Iru?) - 2:03
- Plays during the scene in which Cid turns the hourglass in Kuja's Desert Palace.
- "Esto Gaza" (聖なる地 エスト・ガザ, Seinaru Chi Esuto Gaza?, lit. Esto Gaza, the Sacred Grounds) - 3:49
- Plays during the party's visit to Esto Gaza.
- "Mount Gulug" (グルグ火山, Gurugu Kazan?, lit. Gulug Volcano) - 2:07
- Plays during the party's visit to Mount Gulug.
- "Broken Spell, Healed Hearts" (とけた魔法と心, Toketa Mahō to Kokoro?) - 2:03
- Plays when the party rescues Queen Hilda in Mount Gulug and when Cid is turned back into a human.
Disc Four (1:10:45)[edit | edit source]
- "Aboard the Hilda Garde" (飛空艇 ヒルダガルデ, Hikūtei Hiruda Garude?, lit. The Airship Hilda Garde) - 4:07
- Plays while riding the airship, Hilda Garde III, on the world map.
- "Daguerreo, the Hermit's Library" (隠者の書庫 ダゲレオ, Inja no Shoko Dagereo?) - 2:04
- "Ipsen's Castle" (イプセンの古城, Ipusen no Kojō?) - 1:58
- Plays during the party's visit to Ipsen's Castle. Also known as "Ipsen's Heritage".
- "The Four Mirrors" (４枚の鏡, Yonmai no Kagami?) - 2:45
- Plays when Zidane and the others strategize after retrieving the four mirrors from Ipsen's Castle.
- "Guardians" (それぞれの戦い, Sorezore no Tatakai?, lit. Everyone's Battle) - 2:02
- Plays during the infiltration of the Four Elemental Shrines.
- "Terra" (テラ, Tera?) - 2:10
- Plays during the party's visit to Terra.
- "Bran Bal, the Soulless Village" (魂無き村 ブラン・バル, Tamashīnaki Mura Buran Baru?) - 3:11
- Plays during the party's visit to Bran Bal.
- "Pandemonium" (時を刻む城 パンデモニウム, Toki o Kizamu Shirō Pandemoniumu?, lit. Pandemonium, the Castle Frozen in Time) - 3:03
- Plays during the party's visit to Garland's Castle Pandemonium.
- "Not Alone" (独りじゃない, Hitori Janai?) - 2:36
- Plays after Zidane learns of his origins and purpose from Garland, when the party helps him fight off several monsters. Also known as "You're Not Alone."
- "Unforgettable Sorrow" (消えぬ悲しみ, Kienu Kanashimi?, lit. Endless Sorrow) - 3:29
- Plays when the Genomes arrive at the Black Mage Village.
- "Another Nightmare" (悪霧ふたたび, Aku Kiri Futatabi?, lit. Return of the Evil Mist) - 2:26
- Second world map theme. Plays after the party returns from Terra.
- "Silver Dragon" (銀竜戦, Ginryūsen?, lit. Assault of the Silver Dragons) - 3:48
- "Memoria" (記憶の場所, Kioku no Basho?, lit. Place of Memory) - 2:14
- Plays during the party's visit to Memoria.
- "Crystal World" (クリスタルワールド, Kurisutaru Wārudo?) - 3:43
- Plays during the party's visit to the Crystal World.
- "The Darkness of Eternity" (破滅への使者, Hametsu e no shisha?, lit. Envoy to Destruction) - 4:43
- Plays during the battle with Trance Kuja in the Crystal World.
- "The Final Battle" (最後の闘い, Saigo no Tatakai?) - 6:15
- Plays during the final boss battle with Necron. The ominous opening portion of the track runs until approximately 1:20 and loops continuously during the sequence in which Necron first appears and during the loading of the battle. Once the actual battle commences, the fast-paced battle portion beginning at 1:20 will play and loop if applicable. Also known as "Grand Cross".
- "Star-crossed Lovers" (甘く悲しい恋, Amaku Kanashī Koi?, lit. Bittersweet Romance) - 1:32
- Plays during the ending sequence.
- Written "Star-Crossed Lovers" on Apple Music.
- "Kiss of Betrayal" (裏切りの口づけ, Uragiri no Kuchizuke?) - 0:28
- Plays during the ending sequence.
- "I Want to Be Your Canary" (君の小鳥になりたい, Kimi no Kotori ni Naritai?) - 1:18
- Plays during the ending sequence.
- "Inseparable Hearts" (盗めぬ二人のこころ, Nusumenu Futari no Kokoro?) - 1:21
- Plays during the ending sequence.
- "Behind the Door" (その扉の向こうに, Sono Tobira no Mukō ni?) - 2:06
- Plays during the ending sequence, when Garnet reunites with Zidane.
- "Melodies of Life ~ FINAL FANTASY" (Melodies Of Life ~ Final Fantasy, Melodies Of Life ~ Final Fantasy?) - 7:36
- "Prelude" (プレリュード, Preryūdo?) - 2:45
- The "Prelude" theme.
- "CCJC TVCM 15" (CCJC TVCM15” (コカ・コーラCM曲), CCJC TVCM 15" (Koka Kōra CM Kyoku)?, lit. CCJC TVCM 15 (15 second Coca-Cola commercial)) - 0:20
- Japanese Coca-Cola commercial featuring characters of Final Fantasy IX. Instrumental variation of "Melodies of Life," does not include audio of commercial, only music.
- "CCJC TVCM 30" (CCJC TVCM 30”(コカ・コーラCM曲), CCJC TVCM 30" (Koka Kōra CM Kyoku)?, lit. CCJC TVCM 30 (30 second Coca-Cola commercial)) - 0:34
- Coca Cola Japanese Commercial featuring characters of Final Fantasy IX. Instrumental variation of "Melodies of Life," does not include audio of commercial, only music.
- "Melodies of Life (The Layers of Harmony)" (Melodies Of Life [The Layers Of Harmony], Melodies Of Life [The Layers of Harmony]?) - 3:21
- Melodies of Life with English lyrics. Sung by Emiko Shiratori. It is a rearranged version of the theme with additional backing vocals and less instrumentation.
Liner notes[edit | edit source]
The original liner notes in the soundtrack are in Japanese, but the Uematsu's Best Selection - Music From The Final Fantasy IX Video Game album contains the same notes translated into English.
Message from Nobuo Uematsu[edit | edit source]
Every time I complete a job, I always think, "I'm glad I got involved in this project." Knowing that I've given it my best is, of course, a source of satisfaction, but even more rewarding is the rapport that I establish with the team. What one man can do alone is limited. While some of the pieces are credited under my name, Nobuo Uematsu, it reality, many people will be involved in the creation of a work before it is finished. As a project increases in scale, the number of people involved also grows, making it harder for everyone to unite as a team. A team can never achieve its goals if the members don't trust and respect each other. But when you pull it off, the satisfaction you get is something that money just can't buy. While being overloaded or lacking the required talent can cause distress at work, not getting along with your colleagues is an even more serious cause of trouble. There is a certain joy that can only be felt by those who have banded together to get through whatever problems arose. I'd like to use this occasion to thank everyone who participated in the FFIX project. Their efforts overwhelmed me. I'd never want to face them as enemies!
Nobuo Uematsu, June 14, 2000
Limited edition[edit | edit source]
The first print limited has a white plastic case with impressions of main characters and comes with artwork and a sticker and the sheet music to "Melodies of Life". Notably, the limited edition print was widely available for years and the "regular" edition actually became harder to find.
Sheet music[edit | edit source]
Published by DOREMI Music Publishing, the sheet music book Final Fantasy IX Original Soundtrack Piano Sheet Music contains Asako Niwa's piano arrangements for the music on the Final Fantasy IX: Original Soundtrack. The difficulty level is beginner to intermediate.
Music samples[edit | edit source]
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- There are three different arrangements of the "Prelude": at the end of the game (Blackjack game), during the Game Over screen, and in the aforementioned Crystal World.
- When asked to name his favorite from the soundtrack, Uematsu named "Melodies of Life."
See also[edit | edit source]
- Melodies of Life -Final Fantasy IX-
- Final Fantasy IX Original Soundtrack PLUS
- Piano Collections: Final Fantasy IX
- Uematsu's Best Selection - Music From The Final Fantasy IX Video Game
References[edit | edit source]
- Interview from Core Magazine, translated by Jeff Williams (dead) (Accessed: July 20, 2011) at NobuoUematsu.com (dead)
- The Final Fantasy IX Team Spills All (Accessed: February 09, 2019) at IGN UK
- Interview conducted by Weekly Famitsu, interview translated by Sachi Coxon (dead) (Accessed: July 20, 2011) at NobuoUematsu.com (dead)
- INTERVIEW BY MUSIC4GAMES.NET (dead) (Accessed: July 20, 2011) at NobuoUematsu.com (dead)