"Roses of May" is written in D minor, and throughout the piece, the first four notes of the ascending scale (D, E, F, G) are repeated.
Being General Beatrix's motif, "Roses of May" can be heard during appearances of her, more specifically when she questions Brahne at the Red Rose after the events at Cleyra, and when Zidane and Baku speak to Beatrix when searching for Garnet at Alexandria.
A new arrangement, called "Something to Protect", was a reward from winning "Battle of the Gods – Act 4" (Jan. 2017). The original track from Final Fantasy IX also appears.
An original remix of "Roses of May" plays in the Collection section of the Museum, while the original arrangement of "Something to Protect" is playable as a Dark Note and unlockable Battle Music Sequence. Both are included on Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Compilation Album.
This piano tune plays when General Beatrix saves Dagger in FFIX, expressing the grief of the true knight who realizes her error too late.
"Something to Protect" is a Battle Music Sequence in the base game, while "Roses of May" is a Field Music Sequence available as downloadable content. It also appears on the Best of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call album.
"Roses of May" is a playable Field Music Sequence. It is available by default.
"Something to Protect" appears as a playable Battle Music Sequence. It can be purchased in the song store for 5 sound medals. It was also the worldwide victory reward for the "Terra vs. Lightning" Lux Crystal Battle that took place between February 1, 2017 and February 14, 2017.
Arrangement album appearancesEdit
A piano arrangement of "Roses of May" by Shirō Hamaguchi is included on the album as its tenth track.
The album features a classic guitar arrangement of "Rose of May" by Yuji Sekiguchi as its twentieth track.
An 8-bit arrangement of "Roses of May" by Xinon is included in this album as its fifth track.
"Cafe SQ: FINAL FANTASY IX "Rose of May" / Serph" is a song on this arrangement album with music arranged to the theme of music that plays in cafes.
"Roses of May" is the tenth song in this piano arrangement album.
A concert recording of "Roses of May" appears on this album.
- A notable fan vocal arrangement of "Rose of May" by Kate Covington.
- "Something to Protect" from Dissidia Final Fantasy arcade version at composer Takeharu Ishimoto's Soundcloud.