SONG OF THE WEEK: Final Fantasy IX – Suite

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Song of the Week is a weekly feature where we show off the best of video game music. From the sweeping orchestra music of Nobuo Uematsu to the more somber tunes of Yoko Shimomura, prepare to have your ears delighted every week.

With Final Fantasy IX finally releasing on PC, there is no better opportunity than for the me to highlight some of the wonderful music from this masterpiece.

This Final Fantasy IX suite from the Swedish Radio Orchestra is masterfully put together. This suite covers the following songs:

  • “Arrival at Lindblum”
  • “The Prima Vista Crashes”
  • “Memories Erased by a Storm”
  • “Bhrane and the Performers”
  • “Escape from Alexandria”
  • “Breaching the South Gate”
  • “Behind the Door”

An excellent choice of songs which connect with each other very well. Having said that, I’m slightly sad that some of more iconic songs didn’t make the bill. My personal favorite is “Feel My Blade”, a song which perfectly sums up the epic nature of the game, whilst also embracing the swash-buckling, Shakespearean aspects of the story.

As is the case with all of the Final Fantasy music pre-Final Fantasy XII, the entire album was composed by the excellent Nobuo Uematsu.

Writer and series creator, Hironobu Sakaguchi said that Final Fantasy IX is the “closest ideal view of what Final Fantasy should be”. I feel like the game’s soundtrack perfectly matches this. It’s just so utterly, wonderfully, amazingly, Final Fantasy.