Nobuo Uematsu: Four Valiant Hearts

This was written over four listens.

Outside of describing the snare at the start I didn’t have any particular idea in mind of how I wanted to approach this. I think that, considering the length of the song it might’ve helped to have gone in with some idea.

Nobuo Uematsu’s (植松 伸夫) “Four Valiant Hearts” (“4つの心”) may also be known as “Four Hearts”. It’s a song featured in Final Fantasy V, as well as on its soundtrack album, Final Fantasy V Original Sound Version.

I hope you enjoy.

A snare appears, rolls and then it’s off to adventure and discover. A mix of sounds follow the percussion as muted brass weaves its way along the melody, rising and falling, looking for the new and continually looking forward. It creates its path and looks onward through valleys, atop cliffs and over the ocean. It looks onward in many ways.

Bass and extra brass punctuate and accentuate the percussion and help keep the song feeling lively and moving. It’s light and easing into an adventure; it’s fun.

Soon the song shifts into a new phase and it expands. The muted brass continues and seems to glide even more whilst harp arpeggiates and strings draw out the mood a bit more. It hints at mystery as the brass keeps moving through, perhaps looking for answers, though it’s only a small stop and the adventure continues on with optimism and carefreeness, even as the song ends.

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