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Final Fantasy VII - Main Theme

by 88bit

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This may be the most beautiful video game theme ever written. And I've never even played FFVII. But yet, this piece speaks to me.

I don't arrange much music outside of NES. The reason the arrangement came to be is I was asked to arrange this song for the Black Materia: Remake by Mega Ran and Game Chops. It ended up being used on the last track on that album - Epilogue.

That version was recorded on a different piano, and the process of trying to record this song on my previous piano was the catalyst to finally make the move to upgrade to a new one. I just couldn't make the music sound the way it deserved to be played. A few months later, I upgraded to a 2020 Boston GP 193 PE-11 (which is what you see here) and this piece is one of the main reasons why.

This arrangement is slightly inspired from the Piano Collections version. I'd only heard the first half of that version and purposely did not listen to the rest as I wanted to be free to come up with new ideas. Unlike my NES arrangements, I didn't go for note-for-note accuracy from the original OST but rather took more liberties with the arrangements with the goal of emphasizing the beauty of the melody and original composition as can be expressed with the piano.

- Rob

This was originally uploaded for the Game-Grooves.com Final Fantasy Quick Fire Cover Challenge. Sheet music is available via my Patreon.

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released February 15, 2021
Composer: Nobuo Uematsu
Arranger/Pianist: Rob Kovacs


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88bit Cleveland, Ohio

88bit is the alter ego of Cleveland-based pianist, Rob Kovacs, where he performs note-for-note piano arrangements of classic video game soundtracks from the original Nintendo Entertainment System. Kovacs’ performances are unique in that they recreate early electronic music that was never intended to be performed by humans, stretching the limits of traditional piano playing.

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