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"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 one continues to listen to "Dearly Beloved" without pressing any of the buttons on the 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.
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
Kingdom Hearts coded
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
Kingdom Hearts III
"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.
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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", the character theme for Xion, "A Fight to the Death", the second battle theme for Xemnas, "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" and "Sacred Distance" from Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance centers around the main melodic theme from "Dearly Beloved".
Piano Collections Kingdom Hearts contains the official sheet music.
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