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In the Beginning 01.02.2009
Past Updates: 12.05.2008 | 11.21.2008 | 11.06.2008
"I have my own particular sorrows, loves, delights; and you have yours. But sorrow, gladness, yearning, hope, love, belong to all of us, in all times and in all places. Music is the only means whereby we feel these emotions in their universality."
- H. A. Overstreet
Arni ~Home World~
Francis "Fermat's Last Theorem" Gayon Chrono Cross | Arni ~Home World~
Author's Comments

This piece is an orchestral arrangement of the Arni Village theme and is actually my second attempt at video game remixing; the first was a set of five orchestral variations on the theme from Figaro Castle from Final Fantasy VI (currently under revision) which was used for a musical my class produced way back in 2004. This one is actually the only relatively "successful" one out of the batch that I made in 2006 which also included Golden Saucer and Fighting from Final Fantasy VII. I was so new into this kind of stuff that I wasn't even able to give this piece a more original title.

Composed for flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, French horns, trumpets, timpani, solo flute, and strings using Sibelius 4 and rendered by Kouen with GPO samples using SONAR 6 Producer Edition.

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Before everything else... Happy New Year everybody! I hope the holidays have been fantastic for you guys. Did you get the presents you wanted? Surveys suggest that only a third of people get what they want for the holidays. If you did get what you want, then consider yourself lucky. As for me, the fact that I was able to rest even just a little from duties was more than enough a present. Alas, Pediatrics, one of my most dreaded rotations, begins next week.

The past year has been both incredible and hectic, despite the relatively small number of updates. There was a total of six new submissions (all of which were simply magnificent, and I graciously bow to these awesome remixers), seventeen updates (not all containing a subject piece), and more than half of those that did featured my own compositions. Given that I will become an intern next year, and quite possibly a resident a year or two after that if luck is on my side, it has made me realize that despite my best efforts, I will not be able to sustain Sound Test; at least not by myself. Sadly, Virtuoso has not contacted me for months and has not submitted anything since Steel Blitzballs; thus, I have come to the conclusion that I need somebody else to help me with this artistic endeavor—a new Resident Remixer. The details are quite blurry at the moment, but I'm working on it.

As for this update's piece, I simply thought, "What better way to start the year than to post one of the pieces that started it all—at least for me?" So here it is—an orchestral arrangement of the seaside village theme from Chrono Cross I am extremely fond of. It opens sublimely with a fragment of the main theme played by strings and ending in the suspended tonic in fermata, followed by the woodwinds playing (almost) the same passage an octave lower. The strings proceed from there—no two sections ever playing in unison or even the same melody in octaves. The strings then fade into the background as the solo flute and the woodwinds take over after a dramatic key change. After this, the woodwinds again become silent and the strings take center stage, playing a segment in the key a fifth lower than the home key, slowly building up in a crescendo until it erupts into a recapitulation of sorts, the brasswinds and the timpani making their appearance for the first time in the piece. The entire orchestra plays a more majestic version of the main theme as it slows down and leads into the coda. The clarinets and bassoons initiate the coda, eventually ending with the strings and woodwinds playing the tonic E-flat with the added ninth, the flutes "insisting" on one final repetition of the opening fragment of the main theme before the piece ends. I got the idea for last part from my favorite overture of all time—the Hebrides by Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.

This marks the end of the first update for year 2009. I hope that the new year brings good things to all of us. Take care and enjoy the weekend!

Fermat's Last Theorem

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