Final Fantasy XI – 01 A New Horizon – Tavnazian Archipelago

This is a beautiful theme worthy to be the opening piece in the FFXI Piano Collections. This series is unusually unpopular for reasons unknown. There aren’t too many recordings of this piece, or in fact, other pieces from this series.

Final Fantasy XI, while the music appears fairly simple, there’s a lot more to it than I thought. All the pieces actually require a lot more attention to the touch and pedaling. The arrangement is unlike any of the previous Piano Collections that I recorded. While these pieces are not as memorable as the previous ones, there’s a satisfying sophistication in each of the pieces.

Originally I started with the Final Fantasy Piano Collections from V to X-2. Then I discovered the much more difficult Piano Opera arrangement. After recording all these, while I was concerned I ran out of Final Fantasy music to record, I finally found the sheet music for FF-XI…XIII. I also purchased the sheet music for FF-XV. I will have to skip XII as none of the pieces makes any sense to me nor do I think they would be enjoyable to listen to for most. It’s unfortunate that nothing I play is perfect, but should be pretty close and enjoyable otherwise.

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