The "Main Theme of Final Fantasy VII" (F.F.VIIメインテーマ, F.F. VII Mein Tēma?) is the main theme and world map theme of Final Fantasy VII. It was composed by Nobuo Uematsu, who builds the piece around a phrase containing a major 7th interval. The phrase returns in several other tracks on the soundtrack, making 7th intervals a staple in the game's identity. An analysis of the Main Theme from Final Fantasy VII is available from Video Game Music Academy.
The "Main Theme of Final Fantasy VII" plays while the party travels on the overworld before the Meteor is summoned, but as the game's main theme, its motif is heard in many instances throughout the story. Its variations are the tracks "Holding My Thoughts into my Heart", which plays when the party leaves Midgar and at Mt. Corel, as well as in several towns; "Steal The Tiny Bronco!", which plays during the sequence at Rocket Town where the party acquires the Tiny Bronco; "On That Day, 5 Years Ago", which plays during the Nibelheim Incident flashback; and the airship theme, "Highwind takes to the Skies". The melody of the main theme is also included in the ending theme, "Staff Roll". Bits of the main theme melody also play in the background of "Under the Rotting Pizza", which is the theme of the Midgar Slums, and in "Who... Am I?" that plays during times Cloud questions his identity.
The main theme melody plays late into the "The North Cave" track, that plays in the Whirlwind Maze of the Northern Crater and on the overworld after Meteor has been summoned. The main theme is also part of the ending when "The Planet's Crisis" plays; many themes appear in "The Planet's Crisis" as it plays during the final cutscene of the game. The main theme is played twice: first at 1:13, (alongside "Tifa's Theme"), then at 5:00, with a quiet piano while the characters talk.
In Nibelheim, the melody of the theme can be played on the piano in Tifa's house. By doing this during the flashback sequence on disc 1, and again during disc 2 or 3 when Tifa is in the party, the player can obtain her ultimate Limit Break.
"Main Theme of Final Fantasy VII" is the first track of the second disc of the Final Fantasy VII: Original Soundtrack. "Holding My Thoughts into my Heart" is the nineteenth track of the soundtrack's first disc; "On That Day, 5 Years Ago", is the fourth track of the soundtrack's second disc; "Steal The Tiny Bronco!" is the eight track of the third disc of the soundtrack; "The Highwind Takes To The Skies" is the third track of the fourth disc of the soundtrack; "Under the Rotting Pizza" is the fourteenth track of the first disc; "Who... Am I?" is the twenty-third track of the third disc; "The North Cave" is the twenty-first track of the third disc; and "The Planet's Crisis" is the seventeenth track of the fourth disc of the soundtrack; with "Staff Roll" as the final track.
Many fans consider the game's main theme to also be Cloud's character theme, given that it, along with many of the theme's variations, seems to play whenever something significant relating to him happens during the story.
Two original arrangements of the "Main Theme of Final Fantasy VII" appear in Advent Children Complete: "Main Theme of Final Fantasy VII - ACC Orchestra Version", and "Main Theme of Final Fantasy VII - ACC Piano Version".
The themes were released in the Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete Reunion Tracks as, respectively, the third and ninth tracks.
An orchestral version of the "Main Theme of Final Fantasy VII" is included in the ending theme, "Fulfilled Desire", by Kazuhiko Toyama. It is the very first theme of the medley.
The "Main Theme of Final Fantasy VII" plays as the field theme in the Sector 7 Slums. An orchestrated version of the theme plays during a portion of the game's ending sequence. Another version plays during the game's closing credits, following "Hollow" and an orchestrated version of "Aerith's Theme". It is again briefly reprised at the end of the credits. A jazzy version of the "Main Theme of Final Fantasy VII" can be purchased from a vending machine in the Underground Test Site in Sector 7, for playing on any of the game's jukeboxes.
The theme plays in the Sector 7 undercity as the location was intended to serve as a central hub and to feel like home. Though Final Fantasy VII Remake takes place solely in Midgar, the developers did not want to limit its soundtrack to themes originally only heard within the city.
The theme's motif is incorporated in "Hell House", which plays when fighting the Hell House, "Home Away from Home", which plays in Aerith's childhood cell, "Aerith's Theme - The Cetra", which plays when she discusses her ancestry, and "Escape From the Shinra Building", which plays as Cloud rides his Hardy-Daytona into the lobby of the Shinra Building.
"On That Day, 5 Years Ago" is arranged in "Those Chosen By The Planet", which plays during the first encounter with Sephiroth, and "Just Another Job", which plays when Jessie asks Cloud to accompany them to Upper Sector 7.
"A Tower, A Promise", which plays during the flashback of Tifa's promise in Nibelheim, and "Bitter Memory", which plays during Cloud's flashback of living with his mother, are arrangements of "Holding My Thoughts Into My Heart".
An arrangement of "Who Am I" plays during Cloud's visions just before falling into the Sector 5 Church.
"Under the Rotting Pizza" and "Under the Rotting Pizza - Battle Edit" play in the backstreets of Sector 5. Another arrangement is also available as a jukebox track.
The original version from Final Fantasy VII and the arranged version from Dissidia Final Fantasy are included in the music player. It is the fifth track of the Memories of FFVII album that is available by default, and the 30th track of Memories of DISSIDIA FF album purchased from Old Lestallum for 500 gil.
Dissidia Final Fantasy (2008)
An arrangement of "Main Theme of Final Fantasy VII" by Takeharu Ishimoto titled "Main Theme of Final Fantasy VII -arrange- from FINAL FANTASY VII" is featured, as the background theme of the stage boards of the Destiny Odyssey VII storyline.
"Main Theme of Final Fantasy VII -arrange- from FINAL FANTASY VII" is the first track of the Dissidia Final Fantasy Original Soundtrack second disc.
The "Main Theme" segment of the Final Fantasy VII ending theme is also included on "DISSIDIA -ending- from DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY", a medley of the ending themes from Final Fantasy to Final Fantasy X, including the theme of Dissidia.
The "Main Theme" segment of the Final Fantasy VII ending theme returns for the new "DISSIDIA 012[duodecim]-ending- from DISSIDIA 012[duodecim] FINAL FANTASY", a medley of the ending themes from Final Fantasy to Final Fantasy XIII and including the ending themes of Dissidia 012 and Dissidia.
Dissidia Final Fantasy (2015)
The original PlayStation version is available via a Theatrhythm Final Fantasy event.
The "Main Theme of Final Fantasy VII" was selected as the theme for the Final Fantasy VII Series play's respective Field Music Sequence. The theme appears on Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Compilation Album.
The "Main Theme of Final Fantasy VII" returns as a Field Music Sequence. An arrangement also plays on the overworld map during Quest Medleys. It also appears on the Best of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call album.
The "Main Theme of Final Fantasy VII" appears again as a playable Field Music Sequence. It is available to the player by default.
Arrangement album appearances
An orchestral arrangement by Nobuo Uematsu and Shirō Hamaguchi is featured on this best-of album of Final Fantasy VII. It is the seventeenth track of the album.
A piano arrangement of this theme by Shirō Hamaguchi and performed by Seiji Honda is included in this album as its second track.
The Best of Final Fantasy 1994 - 1999: A Musical Tribute is an album that features a selection of tracks from Final Fantasy VI to Final Fantasy VIII, arranged and remixed by Sherman F. Heinig and performed by the Hollywood Symphony Orchestra.
"Main Theme of Final Fantasy VII" is one of the four selected tracks from Final Fantasy VII that were included on this album, and is the fifth track of the album.
The main theme of Final Fantasy VII appears on this Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary arrangement album.
"Cafe SQ: FINAL FANTASY VII "F.F.VII Main Theme"/ The Reign Of Kindo" is a track on this arrangement album with music arranged to sound like music that would play in a cafe.
Live orchestra performances
The Reunion Tracks orchestral arrangement was included in this series of live concerts and was the eight song of the line-up.
The Reunion Tracks orchestral arrangement was performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in the sequel to Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy. It was the tenth song of the line-up.
Compilation album appearances
The orchestral version of "Main Theme of Final Fantasy VII" from Final Fantasy VII: Reunion Tracks was included on this compilation as its third track.
"Main Theme of Final Fantasy VII" is included on the second disc of this collectors' edition.
Both the original and Remake versions of this theme are included.
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