Final Fantasy VI was a sort of ending point for me. Not just the music, but the whole game. I thought, if I do this work for the rest of my life, how many more games will I be able to do? With the satisfaction and excitement I felt after finishing that project, I thought I had reached my primary goal, and could quit doing game music with no regrets.
The original soundtrack of Final Fantasy VI was released in Japan and North America as two separate compilations respectively called Final Fantasy VI: Original Sound Version and Kefka's Domain - The complete soundtrack from the Final Fantasy III video game.
The last of the soundtracks to be issued for the 16-bit generation of consoles, the album is the longest recorded for said generation of Final Fantasy games. For Nobuo Uematsu, the music of Final Fantasy VI marked the end of a stage in his career, which was well-grounded by then in the video game music industry.
The music was subsequently included in two arranged compilation albums: Final Fantasy VI: Grand Finale and its respective Piano Collections album. The Original Soundtrack of Final Fantasy VI has received raving reviews, being hailed more than once as one of the best video game soundtracks. The game features numerous fan favorites such as "Terra's Theme" and the "Aria di Mezzo Carattere".
When Uematsu started composing for Final Fantasy VI it marked the moment he could start experimenting for the first time. Square had more technological possibilities available, and at the time the team was still quite small, so there was a strong feeling of cooperation and trying to build something ground-breaking.
Final Fantasy VI: Original Sound Version[edit | edit source]
Final Fantasy VI: Original Sound Version is the name of the three disc set containing all of the tracks from Final Fantasy VI in their original sound versions. A remastered version, called Final Fantasy VI Original Soundtrack Remaster, was also released.
Track list[edit | edit source]
Final Fantasy VI has three English track lists
- One included with the booklet of the Japanese Original Sound Version. This same tracklist is used in Doremi's accompanying sheet music book with a few typos. Themes named after characters and locations use the same translations found in Japanese guide books of the time.
- One with the English Kefka's Domain release. This utilized the same tracklist but changed names to use the North American localization.
- One used on English-language digital releases such as Apple Music. Minor changes were made from the Kefka's Domain tracklist, mainly bringing the titles closer to the Japanese titles. This tracklist was later used in the booklet of Final Fantasy VI Original Soundtrack Revival Disc and its website, which also fixed some typos and grammar.
This list prioritizes the digital tracklist titles. Where the title differs in other sources is noted.
Final Fantasy VI Original Soundtrack Revival Disc only uses one disc and therefore the track numbers are continuous from 1-61. It has three bonus tracks.
Disc 1[edit | edit source]
- "Omen" / "Opening Theme"[note 1][note 2] / (予兆, Yochō?) - 4:15
- The opening theme. A part of it was mixed into the final boss theme. One of the several themes that include a part of the central melody of "Terra's Theme", which plays during Terra's awakening at Arvis's house. The song's beginning has organ music slowly growing louder before synthesized vocals kick in that sing something twice that vaguely sounded like "Kefka", before eventually settling for harp strings playing.
- "The Mines of Narshe" / "Colliery Nalsh"[note 1] (炭坑都市ナルシェ, Tankō Toshi Narushe?) - 2:48
- The theme of Narshe.
- "Awakening" (目覚め, Mezame?) - 1:41
- "Locke's Theme" / "Locke"[note 2] / "Lock"[note 1] (ロックのテーマ, Rokku no Tēma?) - 2:01
- The theme of Locke Cole.
- "Battle" / "Battle Theme"[note 1][note 2] (戦闘, Sentō?) - 1:59
- "Victory Fanfare" / "Fanfare"[note 1][note 2] (勝利のファンファーレ, Shōri no Fanfāre?) - 0:39
- Plays when the party wins a battle.
- "Edgar & Sabin's Theme" / "Edgar & Sabin"[note 2] / "Edgar & Mash"[note 1] (エドガー、マッシュのテーマ, Edogā, Masshu no Tēma?) - 2:32
- "Kefka" / "Cefca"[note 1] (魔導士ケフカ, Madōshi Kefuka?) - 2:43
- The theme of Kefka Palazzo.
- "Mt. Koltz" / "Mt. Coltz"[note 1] (霊峰コルツ, Reihō Korutsu?) - 2:30
- "The Returners" / "Returners"[note 1][note 2] (反乱分子, Hanran Bunshi?) - 2:42
- "Shadow's Theme" / "Shadow"[note 1][note 2] (シャドウのテーマ, Shadō no Tēma?) - 1:53
- The theme of Shadow.
- "Troops March On" (帝国の進軍, Teikoku no Shingun?) - 1:56
- Plays whenever the party engages the Empire or walks around an Imperial base.
- "Cyan's Theme" / "Cyan"[note 2] / "Cayenne"[note 1] (カイエンのテーマ, Kaien no Tēma?) - 2:21
- "The Unforgiven" (許されざる者, Yurusarezaru Mono?) - 1:23
- "Phantom Forest" / "The Phantom Forest"[note 2] / "The Mystic Forest"[note 1] (迷いの森, Mayoi no Mori?) - 3:17
- Plays in numerous dungeons such as caves.
- "Phantom Train" / "Mystery Train"[note 1] (魔列車, Ma Ressha?) - 2:49
- The eponymous theme of the location.
- "The Veldt" / "Wild West"[note 1][note 2] (獣ヶ原, Kemonogahara?) - 2:17
- The eponymous theme of the location.
- "Gau's Theme" / "Gau"[note 1][note 2] (ガウのテーマ, Gau no Tēma?) - 1:50
- The theme of Gau.
- "The Serpent Trench" / "The Snake Path"[note 1] (蛇の道, Hebi no Michi?) - 2:06
- "Kids Run Through the City" / "Kids Run Through The City Corner"[note 1] (街角の子供達, Machikado no Kodomotachi?) - 2:42
- "Under Martial Law" (戒厳令, Kaigenrei?) - 2:26
- "Celes's Theme" / "Celes"[note 1][note 2] (セリスのテーマ, Serisu no Tēma?) - 2:56
- The theme of Celes Chere. It shares the central melody with the "Aria di Mezzo Carattere".
- "Protect the Espers!" / "Save Them!"[note 2] / "Save Them"[note 1] (幻獣を守れ!, Genjū o Mamore!?) - 1:57
- "The Decisive Battle"(決戦, Kessen?) - 2:01
- The boss battle theme. It was arranged as a heavy metal mix and included in the Black Mages' first eponymous album.
- "Metamorphosis" (メタモルフォーゼ, Metamorufōze?) - 1:25
Disc 2[edit | edit source]
- "Terra's Theme" / "Terra"[note 2] / "Tina"[note 1] (ティナのテーマ, Tina no Tēma?) - 3:50
- "Coin of Fate" / "Coin Song"[note 1][note 2] (運命のコイン, Unmei no Koin?) - 3:14
- "Techno de Chocobo" (テクノ・デ・チョコボ, Tekuno de Chokobo?) - 1:35
- Plays when riding a chocobo.
- "Forever Rachel" (永遠に、レイチェル, Eien ni, Reicheru?) - 2:51
- Plays during Locke's flashback scene with Rachel and the subsequent events involving them. Shares the same melody as "Locke's Theme".
- "Slam Shuffle" (スラム・シャッフル, Suramu Shaffuru?) - 2:20
- Plays in Zozo.
- "Spinach Rag" (スピナッチ・ラグ, Supinacchi Ragu?)- 2:13
- "Overture" (序曲, Jokyoku?) - 4:46
- The Opera's overture.
- "Aria di Mezzo Carattere" / "Aria de Mezzo Carattere"[note 2] (アリア, Aria?) - 3:55
- The Opera theme.
- "Wedding Waltz ~ Duel" / The Wedding[note 2] / "The Wedding Waltz ~ Duel"[note 1] (婚礼のワルツ～決闘, Konrei no Warutsu ~ Kettō?) - 4:00
- The Opera act in which Ralse marries Maria. The first part consists of a waltz which is interrupted by Draco's appearance, during which a more dramatic dueling theme plays.
- "Grand Finale" / "Grand Finale?"[note 1][note 2] (大団円, Daidan'en?) - 3:14
- The remaining part of the Opera, up until the Gambler's appearance. Plays during the second battle with Ultros.
- "Setzer's Theme" / "Setzer"[note 1][note 2] (セッツァーのテーマ, Settsā no Tēma?) - 1:55
- Setzer Gabbiani's theme, also the interior theme for both the Blackjack and the Falcon.
- "Johnny C. Bad" (ジョニー・C・バッド, Jonī Shī Baddo?) - 2:54
- The theme of the Dragon's Neck Coliseum. The name alludes to the song "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry, as they both sound the same in terms of melody.
- "The Gestahl Empire" / "The Empire “Gestahl”"[note 2] / "The Empire “Ghastra”"[note 1] (ガストラ帝国, Gasutora Teikoku?) - 3:11
- "Magitek Research Facility" / "Devil's Lab"[note 1][note 2] (魔導研究所, Madō Kenkyūjo?) - 2:32
- Plays in the Magitek Research Facility. Also known as "Devil's Lab".
- "The Airship Blackjack" / "Blackjack"[note 1][note 2] (飛空挺ブラックジャック, Hikūtei Burakkujakku?) - 3:04
- The theme of the Blackjack.
- "What?" / "??"[note 1][note 2] (ん?2, N? 2?) - 1:07
- A comical theme used during the lighter moments.
- "Mog's Theme" / "Mog"[note 1][note 2] (モグのテーマ, Mogu no Tēma?) - 1:54
- The theme of Mog.
- "Strago's Theme" / Strago[note 2] / "Stragus"[note 1] (ストラゴスのテーマ, Sutoragosu no Tēma?) - 2:29
- The theme of Strago Magus. Plays in Thamasa.
- "Relm's Theme" / "Relm"[note 1][note 2] (リルムのテーマ, Rirumu no Tēma?) - 2:54
- The theme of Relm Arrowny.
- "Esper World" / "Another World Of Beasts"[note 1][note 2] (幻獣界, Genjū Kai?) - 2:37
Disc 3[edit | edit source]
- "Floating Continent" / "New Continent"[note 1][note 2] (魔大陸, Ma Tairiku?) - 2:27
- "Catastrophe" (大破壊, Dai Hakai?) - 2:15
- Plays when Kefka gains the power of the Warring Triad, and throws the world into chaos.
- "Battle to the Death" / "The Fierce Battle"[note 1][note 2] (死闘, Shitō?) - 2:34
- "Rest In Peace" (レスト・イン・ピース, Resuto in Pīsu?) - 0:29
- The Game Over theme.
- "Dark World" (死界, Shi Kai?) - 3:03
- "From that Day On..." / "The Day After"[note 1][note 2] (あの日から…, Ano Hi Kara...?) - 2:14
- The town theme of the World of Ruin. Also known as "The Day After".
- "Searching for Friends" / "Searching Friends"[note 1] (仲間を求めて, Nakama o Motomete?) - 2:56
- The World of Ruin's main theme after having obtained the Falcon.
- "Gogo's Theme" / "Gogo"[note 1][note 2] (ゴゴのテーマ, Gogo no Tēma?) - 2:10
- "Epitaph" (墓碑名, Bohi Mei?) - 2:50
- Plays during Setzer's memories of his lost love, Darill.
- "The Magic House" (からくり屋敷, Karakuri Yashiki?) - 2:32
- "Umaro's Theme" / "Umaro"[note 1][note 2] (ウーマロのテーマ, Ūmaro no Tēma?) - 1:54
- "The Fanatics" / "Fanatics"[note 1][note 2] (狂信集団, Kyōshin Shūdan?) - 1:47
- Plays during the party's ascent on the Cultists' Tower. Also plays during the first half of Kefka's speech to the players prior to the final battle.
- "Kefka's Tower" / "Last Dungeon"[note 1][note 2] (邪神の塔, Jashin no Tō?) - 2:49
- Plays during the party's ascent on Kefka's Tower.
- "Dancing Mad" (妖星乱舞, Yōsei Ranbu?) - 17:35
- The final boss theme.
- "Balance Is Restored" / "Ending Theme"[note 1][note 2] (蘇る緑, Yomigaeru Midori?) - 21:29
- The ending theme.
- "The Prelude" (プレリュード, Pureryūdo?) - 2:21
- Plays in the title screen.
Revival Disc bonus tracks[edit | edit source]
These tracks are listed in the booklet do not feature English titles. They originate from tracks 2 to 4 from Final Fantasy VI Special Tracks.
Kefka's Domain - The complete soundtrack from the Final Fantasy III video game[edit | edit source]
Final Fantasy VI: Original Sound Version album was released in North America under the name Kefka's Domain - The complete soundtrack from the Final Fantasy III video game. It was originally available through direct order from Square's Redmond office before they closed down. Kefka's Domain is basically the same as the Japanese release, except that song title translations were taken from the translations used in the Original Sound Version Piano Sheet Music book and based on the English release of Final Fantasy VI (which had been released under the name Final Fantasy III).
Music samples[edit | edit source]
Sheet music[edit | edit source]
Published by DOREMI Music Publishing, Final Fantasy VI Original Sound Version Piano Sheet Music contains solo piano arrangements for the music on the Original Soundtrack of Final Fantasy VI. The arrangements are done by Asako Niwa and the pieces' difficulty level varies from beginner to intermediate.
See also[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Track name from Final Fantasy VI Original Sound Version booklet
- Track name from Kefka's Domain