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Dearly Beloved
Kingdom Hearts
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Artist Yoko Shimomura
Composer Yoko Shimormura
Length 1:13
Dearly Beloved -Reprise-
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Artist Yoko Shimomura
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Length 1:20
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Artist Yoko Shimomura
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Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories
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Artist Yoko Shimomura
Composer Yoko Shimormura
Length 2:22
Dearly Beloved
Kingdom Hearts II
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Artist Yoko Shimomura
Composer Yoko Shimormua
Length 2:22
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Artist Yoko Shimomura
Composer Yoko Shimormua
Length 1:28
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Artist Yoko Shimomura
Composer Yoko Shimormua
Length 2:55
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Artist Yoko Shimomura
Composer Yoko Shimomura
Length 5:24
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Artist Yoko Shimomura
Composer Yoko Shimomura
Length 2:56
Dearly Beloved
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Artist Yoko Shimomura
Composer Yoko Shimomura
Length 2:43
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Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX
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Artist Yoko Shimomura
Composer Yoko Shimomura
Dearly Beloved
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Artist Yoko Shimomura
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Dearly Beloved
Kingdom Hearts χ
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Artist Yoko Shimomura
Composer Yoko Shimomura
Dearly Beloved
Piano Collections Kingdom Hearts
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Artist Yoko Shimomura
Composer Yoko Shimomura
Length 2:35
Concert Paraphrase on 'Dearly Beloved'
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Artist Yoko Shimomura
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Length 4:06

"Dearly Beloved" is the opening and main theme to all Kingdom Hearts games. Composed for the first game by Yoko Shimomura, a version of the piece has been featured in every Kingdom Hearts release to date.

It begins playing as soon as the game loads and plays over the opening Menu Screen in a loop. However, if you continue to listen to "Dearly Beloved" without pressing any of the buttons on your controller for approximately 10-15 seconds, the screen will open up to Opening Menu Cinematic or Demo Loop, which will play the orchestrated version of the Kingdom Hearts theme song.

"Dearly Beloved -Reprise-" is a version of "Dearly Beloved" that plays after the credits during The End.

Appearances[edit]

The opening menu of Kingdom Hearts. "Dearly Beloved" plays while on this menu.

In every game to date, "Dearly Beloved" plays while in the game's opening menu. "Dearly Beloved -Repise-" plays during the ending screen, The End, in every game, as well.

Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep[edit]

Kingdom Hearts coded[edit]

Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance[edit]

Composition[edit]

"Dearly Beloved" contains two distinct melodies comprised out of identical chord structures, allowing them to be layered on top of each other. The second melody was first introduced in Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories.

  • In Kingdom Hearts, the main melody is performed as a piano solo with a synthesized choral background.
  • The reprise of Kingdom Hearts features a bell solo with pizzicato strings as support.
  • The Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories version contains the original melody played on the piano, along with the secondary melody played by a synthesizer.
  • The Kingdom Hearts II version transformed "Dearly Beloved" into a full orchestral piece, featuring a piano solo carrying the main melody and various woodwind solos building the secondary melody.
  • The reprise of the Kingdom Hearts II version contains the both melodies, but played as a piano solo.
  • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days contains a nearly identical version of the Kingdom Hearts II "Dearly Beloved" reprise, only this time it has the flute used in "Roxas' Theme".
  • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep features a new orchestral arrangement of "Dearly Beloved", still featuring a piano as with the previous games but including a violin solo featuring a third theme exclusive to this game. Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep is the first game to change the chord structure of Dearly Beloved, albeit briefly.
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:coded contains a slightly faster version of the original Dearly Beloved theme. It features both the first and second melodies, with pizzicato string support.
  • Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance contains a version of "Dearly Beloved" that retains the original theme with pianos, violins, glockenspiel, and plucked violins, then the melody is played with flute and then has a slightly quicker part where a tambourine comes into play. Unlike other versions, it also switches between a 4/4 and 3/4 time signature - a reference to the "3D" in the title according to Yoko Shimomura.

Variations[edit]

The themes "Friends in My Heart", "Always on My Mind", "March Caprice for Piano and Orchestra", "Fantasia alla Marcia for Piano, Chorus, and Orchestra", "Birth by Sleep -A Link to the Future-", and "Dream Drop Distance -The Next Awakening-" contain or are variations of "Dearly Beloved". "Musique pour la tristesse de Xion" from Piano Collections Kingdom Hearts Field & Battle contains melodies from "Dearly Beloved" in the last page. "Dearly Dreams", the field theme for the Mirage Arena in Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, also contains the main melody from "Dearly Beloved", as does "The Key", the battle theme to Ventus-Vanitas. Most recently, "Link to All" from Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance centers around the main melodic theme from "Dearly Beloved".

Sheet music[edit]

Piano Collections Kingdom Hearts contains the official sheet music.

Albums[edit]