The Prelude is a popular theme throughout the Final Fantasy series. The song was composed by Nobuo Uematsu for the very first game in the series Final Fantasy (NES), and published in the game on December 18, 1987, but has since been reused and remixed for a number of games in the Final Fantasy series. The tune includes several repeating arpeggios.
The Prelude was first officially released in Japan on the Final Fantasy I-II soundtrack with the title プレリュード (Pureryudo). Since the title is in katakana, its direct English translation is "Prelude." The song has been used in many subsequent Final Fantasy games with soundtracks released in English, and on those, the title is usually rendered as, "The Prelude," thus the title used here.
Final Fantasy (NES)
This is the very first appearance of The Prelude. The song is used for the music in the intro story, the main menu, and the map display.
Due to the repetitive nature of this song, the recording only has one loop.
Final Fantasy II (SNES)
The Prelude gets a wonderful melody in this game.
Final Fantasy V (SFC)
The Prelude makes another appearance.
Final Fantasy III (SNES)
In FF6, the song plays at the main menu, the save and load screen, and in the Narshe classroom.
The following games include the song as well, but they emulate the music and sound the same.
- Final Fantasy Anthology PAL (PS1)
- Final Fantasy VI (AND)
- Final Fantasy VI (FOS)
- Final Fantasy VI (GBA)
- Final Fantasy VI (PS1)
- Final Fantasy VI (PS3)
- Final Fantasy VI (PSP)
- Final Fantasy VI (PSV)
- Final Fantasy VI (WII)
- Final Fantasy VI (WIIU)
This song appears on several albums.
|1989-02-28||All Sounds of Final Fantasy I-II||プレリュード (Pureryudo)||Prelude||Original NES||2|
|1989-07-25||Symphonic Suite Final Fantasy||Scene V - Prelude||Live Orchestral Arrangement||5|
|1991-06-14||Final Fantasy IV: Original Sound Version||プレリュード (Pureryudo)||Prelude||Original SNES||1|
|1991-07-15||Final Fantasy III: Original Sound Version||プレリュード (Pureryudo)||Prelude||Original NES||1|
|1991-10-28||Final Fantasy IV: Celtic Moon||The Prelude||Celtic Arrangement||1|
|1992-04-21||Piano Collections: Final Fantasy IV||The Prelude||Piano Arrangement||1|
|1992-12-07||Final Fantasy V: Original Sound Version||プレリュード (Pureryudo)||Prelude||Original SNES||2.22|
|1994-03-25||Final Fantasy VI: Original Sound Version||プレリュード (Pureryudo)||Prelude||Original SNES||3.16|
|1997-02-10||Final Fantasy VII: Original Soundtrack||プレリュード (Pureryudo)||Prelude||Original PS1||1.1|
|2000-08-21||Final Fantasy IX: Uematsu's Best Selection||Prelude||Arranged||32|
|2000-08-30||Final Fantasy IX: Original Soundtrack||プレリュード (Pureryudo)||Prelude||Original PS1||4.23|
|2001-08-01||Final Fantasy X: Original Soundtrack||プレリュード (Pureryudo)||Prelude||Original PS2||1.3|
|2002-06-05||Final Fantasy XI: Original Soundtrack||Prelude||Original PS2||2.1|
|2002-10-23||Final Fantasy & Final Fantasy II: Original Soundtrack||プレリュード (Pureryudo)||Prelude||PS1 Remake||1.4|
|2006-09-20||Final Fantasy III: Original Soundtrack||プレリュード (Pureryudo)||Prelude||NDS Remake||2|