Listen to my story. This may be our last chance.Opening words by Tidus
"Zanarkand" (ザナルカンドにて, Zanarukando nite?, lit. In/At Zanarkand), also known as "To Zanarkand", is the main theme of Final Fantasy X, composed and arranged by Nobuo Uematsu who got the idea of the tune for the opening theme from a flautist he consulted for help. He requested the tune to be used in Final Fantasy X and coaxed the team in using it for certain event scenes, but they weren't convinced.
Initially, the theme wasn't composed for Final Fantasy X, or any Final Fantasy-related title, until Ever Director Motomu Toriyama tried using it on the opening scene and deemed it perfect and no other theme would do. Uematsu was also surprised that it was just perfect for it. In the end, the theme, together with "Suteki Da Ne (Isn't It Wonderful?)", became the game's main theme, something Uematsu still finds hard to believe. Toriyama ended up re-editing the scene so the shifts in view to match the track.
The theme plays during the opening, which shows Tidus and the others before the ruins of Zanarkand as they prepare for the final leg of their pilgrimage. Everyone gathers at a campfire at sunset while Tidus climbs up a vantage point to gaze at the ruins solemnly, beginning to narrate how he reached this point.
"Zanarkand" shares the greatest importance on the soundtrack with "Suteki da ne", being played at various significant plot events, typically rearranged and under different titles, such as "Movement in Green", "The Truth Revealed", and a large part the "Ending Theme".
"Movement in Green" was completely redone for the HD Remaster version with addition of Erhu. "Zanarkand" largely follows the same instrumentation as the original, but is performed on a real piano, with less bass and with a pianissimo / piano opening. The Square Enix soundtrack sample website, and the soundtrack booklet, differ in the credits. The booklet credits Nobuo Uematsu as the sole composer and arranger. The website credits Masashi Hamauzu for rearranging the theme. "Zanarkand" is the only theme with this discrepancy.
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"Movement in Green" plays in the Destiny Odyssey X storyline stage boards.
"Zanarkand" is a Dark Note that appears in the Chaos Shrine. It is included in Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Compilation Album.
"Zanarkand" and "Movement in Green" appear as Field Music Sequences available in the base game.
"Movement in Green" is a playable Field Music Sequence. It can be unlocked from the song store for 5 sound medals.
"Zanarkand" replaces the "Main Theme" in the main menu during the Final Fantasy X collaboration event.
"To Zanarkand" plays alongside "Blitz Off!" when Tidus uses his Champion summon ability.
The original version of "To Zanarkand" is included in this crossover between Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest for the PlayStation Portable.
Arrangement album appearances
A piano arrangement of Zanarkand named "At Zanarkand" is featured on the Final Fantasy X piano collections album.
"The Skies Above" is a rearranged version of "Zanarkand" featured as the title track of The Black Mages' second album The Black Mages II: The Skies Above. This version's entrance includes the original "Zanarkand" and is succeeded by a dynamic entry of a heavy metal arrangement of the original song, with lyrics by Alexander O. Smith and performed by Japanese tenor Tomoaki Watanabe credited as "Mr. Goo".
- Sparks from the fire rise up to the sky
- Higher and higher oh I want to fly
- Out of the story this time I'll be free
- Wake up for a moment from this dream of me
- Just a legend cold words on a page
- Lift up my eyes and I'm soaring away
- On silver wings spread out to the sun
- I'm leaving this city for the skies above.
- O'er the ruins an ancient light
- Never lost, never failing
- Follow me on my path to the heights
- Before the shadows fade into night
- Running back but I'm out of time.
- I could tell everything
- Hear the words that fill my mind
- How can I say she was mine?
This album features a classic guitar arrangement of "Zanarkand".
A remix by DJ duo Ante is included on this album.
"To Zanarkand" appears on this Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary arrangement album.
A techno arrangement of "Zanarkand" by AVTechNO! was included on this tribute to the Final Fantasy series music as the fourth track of its second disc.
An orchestral arrangement of "Zanarkand" was performed by the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra at the Tokyo International Forum on February 20th, 2002. This arrangement was later included at the concert series "Tour De Japon" in 2004.
"Zanarkand" was performed by The World Festival Symphony Orchestra at the More Friends - Music from Final Fantasy concert, which took place at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, California on May 16th, 2005.
"Zanarkand" was performed and included in the sequel to Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy and was performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. This version of the theme introduces previously unheard variations into the, otherwise simple, central melody.
"Zanarkand" is included on this live recording of an orchestral concert, performed by the Kanagawa Philharmonic Orchestra and conducted by Arnie Roth held in Tokyo, in November 2010.
A live recording of "Zanarkand" from at the London premiere of the concert of the same name on February 15, 2014, conducted by Arnie Roth, is included on this album.
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Non-Square Enix appearances
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"Zanarkand" appears as the eleventh track of the album. It is a techno dance arrangement composed by Nobuo Uematsu.
A "To Zanarkand" dynamic theme was released for PlayStation 4 systems. When installed and activated, the theme plays the track "Zanarkand" when the player is in the system's menus and sound effects when accessing menu items match those of Final Fantasy X. The background image is Yuna, Auron, Wakka, Lulu, Rikku and Kimahri gathered around the campfire when in the lower menu, while accessing the upper menu shows Tidus at the top of the ledge, pyreflies drifting across the scene.
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