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Composer Nobuo Uematsu
Arranger Nobuo Uematsu
Programmer Minoru Akao
Released 1994-04-02
Length 4:08.48
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Game Final Fantasy III (SNES)
Title Origin Official
Loops Yes

Overture is played during the first act of the opera scene. The song consists of four separate scenes.


The song's title varies depending on your source. This site uses the most recent American release of the official soundtrack.

Title Transliteration Source
Overture US iTunes soundtrack
Overture US OSV
序曲 (Jokyoku) Overture Japan OSV


The four movements of the song are described below.

Scene 1

The first movement is the opera's overture. It is played as an instrumental prior to the opening of the curtain and contains elements of the upcoming themes. Although only a few concurrent instruments are allowed by the SNES audio hardware, it still has the sound of a full orchestra. It begins with layered strings and heavy percussion, then eases up a bit near the end.

It's 0:43.49 in length and does not loop. Unlike the title suggests, the rest of the song is not an overture, but rather the normal music of the opera.

Scene 2

The second scene follows directly after the first. The impresario sets the stage by explaining that Draco, hero of the West, has been out at war for some time. The song uses a more reserved harp solo similar to Aria di Mezzo Carattere.

The second scene begins at 0:43.48 and is 0:34:00 in length. It does not loop.

Scene 3

In the third scene Draco is injured in battle and sings of his heartache because he can't see his love, Maria. It begins using the same layered strings of the overture, but with a different tune. There is a increase in drama as Draco is run over by chocobos and then Draco sings though the rest of the scene.

The third scene begins at 1:17.47 and is 1:07.55 in length. It does not loop.

Scene 4

We're not privy to what's going on on stage during the fourth scene because at this point Locke goes to check on Celes. The tune is quite stern with heavy use of percussion. Near the end of the track, the melody switches to a higher pitched horn.

The fourth scene begins at 2:25.02 and is 1:51.01 in length. The last 24 seconds loops as Celes reads the score and prepares to go on stage.


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)

Album Appearances

The song appears on the Final Fantasy VI Original Sound Version album.


While the single song contains four scenes, in the game's data it is represented by only three separate files. In the rip, the tracks are labeled 32.1 - Overture #1.spc, 32.2 - Overture #2.spc, and 32.3 - Overture #3.spc. File 1 includes scene 1, 2, and the instrumental section of scene 3. File 2 is the singing portion of scene 3. and File 3 is all of scene 4.