Final Fantasy X

Turns Out Final Fantasy X’s Theme Song Was Submitted Last Second

Nobuo Uematsu's 'To Zanarkand' wasn't the original theme song for the beloved entry.

One of the most beloved Final Fantasy entries continues to share some fun little development details.

Audrey, also known as aitaikimochi on Twitter, translated an interview between Weekly Ochiai and the renowned composer Nobuo Uematsu. In the interview, Uematsu mentioned that “To Zanarkand,” a piece from Final Fantasy X, was initially intended for a French flute player’s recital.

“‘To Zanarkand’ was actually not meant to be the theme for Final Fantasy X,” Uematsu tells Weekly Ochiai. “There was a flute player from France who originally asked me to write a song for them to play during a recital. When I wrote the piece, I thought perhaps this sounded a bit too sad for a recital. So I set it aside for the time being.

Sometime after, when I was making the score for FFX, I was falling behind all the while the Producers were hounding me. So since that flute piece was unused, I just kinda meekly handed it to them. They listened to it and said “Yes! This is brilliant!”

To this day, the song “To Zanarkand” is one of the most beautiful pieces Uematsu has produced for the Final Fantasy series and continues to be one of my favourite tracks from the Final Fantasy X soundtrack. Knowing now that it was never intended to be the theme is odd because it suits the story thematically.