Final Fantasy VIII – Balamb Garden (piano performance)

Hello, everybody!

This week’s video is a piano arrangement of Balamb Garden from Final Fantasy VIII.

In this composition, Nobuo Uematsu managed to capture a number of different moods – studiousness, positivity, peacefulness and safety. He did this by modulating between keys that are often not related F lydian, D major, and B major, before heading back to F lydian (a tritone away!). This variety is important because it’s a track that players will hear a lot during their time in the game.

I didn’t really have to do much to arrange it for the piano – the different instruments are already so well orchestrated that it practically arranged itself.

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