"Nascent Requiem" (生誕のレクイエム, Seitan no Rekuiemu?, lit. Birth Requiem) is the final boss theme of Final Fantasy XIII. It was composed by Masashi Hamauzu and arranged and orchestrated by Yoshihisa Hirano. It was conducted by Wojciech Rodek and performed by the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir.
Unlike "Born Anew" or "Fighting Fate", "Nascent Requiem" has no lyrics, and is more fast-paced, perhaps because of the battle's forced speed due to Orphan's Doom spell. It contains the altered form of the summary motif (starting at 2:21) of "Vanille's Theme", particularly at 0:50 to 1:13 and 3:41 till the end of the loop.
"Nascent Requiem" is the nineteenth track of the fourth disc of the game's original soundtrack.
Masashi Hamauzu included a prototype of "Nascent Requiem", named "Last Battle Prototype+", in Final Fantasy XIII: Original Soundtrack PLUS.
"Nascent Requiem" plays during the Beginner's Primer summary for Chapter 12.
It plays during Lightning's final duel with Garland at the Empyreal Paradox. After being purchased on the PP Catalog, it can also be picked by default for battles including Lightning or taking place at Orphan's Cradle.
In this theme for the final boss fight in FFXIII, the uneasy mix of harmony and dissonance seems ever changing, hiding its true form.DLC description
Arrangement album appearances
"Nascent Requiem" is the seventh track on the album. It is arranged for the piano by Masashi Hamauzu and performed by Aki Kuroda.
- Final boss theme
- "Battle Theme 2"
- "Last Battle"
- "The Final Battle" (Final Fantasy IV)
- "The Final Battle" (Final Fantasy V)
- "Dancing Mad"
- "One-Winged Angel"
- "The Extreme"
- "The Final Battle" (Final Fantasy IX)
- "Final Battle" (Final Fantasy X)
- "Their Resting Place"
- "Struggle for Freedom"
- "Rise of the White Raven"
- Video of both "Vanille's Theme" and "Nascent Requiem" for comparison.