To Zanarkand (Piano Cover)

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This is me playing the very famous "To Zanarkand", from Final Fantasy X.

This is actually the very frist "real" piece I learned to play on the piano, and was also my main inspiration when I began playing; my goal was simply to learn to play this piece, as I knew of nothing as beautiful.
Well, I've easily played this composition more than 1000 times. Still, it took 3 takes to get even this good a version, which is a bit disappointing.
Most parts are good, but when I did a tempo increase at the climax, I increased the pace far too much by accident (while playing, that is, as I haven't edited the notes at all; I feel that I should leave all errors into this piece, as I should be able to play it well enough by now, and it makes the track seem more human).

The version I play is a blend between several different versions as well as my own additions, which over a long time period has developed into what it is today.

To Zanarkand has as far as I car remember been my favorite piano piece ever to exist, and will probably continue to be so for all eterniy. I don't know why, but I've always tried to be able to play this piece "perfectly". I'm beginning to think that no such thing exists though, as I always seem to find something at least slightly wrong. Maybe that's part of the beauty?
They say you have to do something 10000 times to master it though, so maybe I'll just have to play this piece a few thousand times more XD

Anyway, enjoy this marvelous piece composed by Nobuo Uematsu ;)

(- Played on the Yamaha Clavinova CLP - 230, reverb added with Cubase).

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This sounds lovely :D

The song evokes so much emotion. I love listening to it when I first open the game.

For this, you have my love.

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Sorry for the late response!
And thanks a lot :3

Brings back memories (and emotions). Second best FF series below FF7. Like how you changed the tempo a bit and added some improvisations, really made this song more powerful and emotional. Keep up the good work!

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

I totally forgot to reply to this review until now! Sorry D:
Thanks a lot though! :D

I definitely agree that FFX is the second best after FF7 (which is simply unbeatable, in my opinion). Nobuo Uematsu truly is a genius.

This is another piece I deeply regret neglecting to review when it was first released. I love the emotion and mood. It has a great sense of direction, too. Nice job with the dynamics and phrasing. I can't exactly give you points for originality (compositionally), but I still applaud you on a well-performed piece. The ups and downs of the piece really tug at my emotions. Nice job keeping up the mood! I'm not very familiar with Final Fantasy X, but this piece really puts an image in my head, which I love. Nice job, LSD! Keep up the inspiring work, and good luck in your final days in the army! ;D

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Whoah, 4 new reviews from you while I was gone o.O
Thank you!
The only originality of mine in this piece is indeed the arrangement, so I forgive you for not giving me points for that XD
Final Fantasy X is a great game in my opinion, and I think in order to really understand the piece one needs to play it. Even better if one has played it during early youth, as nostalgia is (at least to me) what the piece delivers.
It's a beautiful piece to most any listener though, as far as I'm concerned :)


Nice cover. I've never played the game, but I'm quite familiar with the piece and it still manages to have memories attached to it. And, I think, even the first time I heard "To Zanarkand", it somehow felt nostalgic. It is a wonderful composition.

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Nostalgia is exacly the emotion I feel when listening to this piece. I think the same thing applies to most listeners :)
Thanks for your thoughts!

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4.93 / 5.00

Oct 5, 2014
4:45 PM EDT
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3.4 MB
3 min 45 sec

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