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Kingdom Hearts Concert -First Breath-
Kingdom Hearts Concert -First Breath- Logo
Premiered August 11, 2016
Composer Yoko Shimomura
Performers Siena Wind Orchestra (Tokyo)
OSAA Shion Wind Orchestra (Aichi)
Osaka Shion Wind Orchestra (Osaka)

Kingdom Hearts Concert -First Breath- is an official orchestral concert of Kingdom Hearts music performed by a full concert band. The concert was announced on the Kingdom Hearts Japanese Twitter page[1] on April 26, 2016. A website was created to promote the concert, which premiered on August 11, 2016 in Tokyo Japan.

Performances[edit]

Date Hall Location
August 11–12, 2016 Tokyo Metropolitan Art Theater Concert Hall Tokyo, Japan
August 27, 2016 NGK Spark Plug Co., Ltd. Citizens' Hall Forest Hall Aichi, Japan
August 28, 2016 The Symphony Hall Osaka, Japan

Program[edit]

The performance was about an hour long and features fourteen different pieces of musical arrangements from the Kingdom Hearts series. The pieces were performed by a symphonic concert band. Additionally, Tetsuya Nomura announced via Twitter the week before the concert debuted that the Japanese voice actors for Terra and Naminé would be present at each of the performances.[2] The program featured a conversation between Terra and Naminé portrayed by their voice actors, which is considered canon to the series and was featured in the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World Tour- guide.

Piece Composer Arrangement[3][4]
"Destati" Yoko Shimomura Kaoru Wada
"Dearly Beloved" Yoko Shimomura Kaoru Wada
"Traverse Town" Yoko Shimomura Souhei Kano
"Hand in Hand" Yoko Shimomura Kaoru Wada
"Journey of KINGDOM HEARTS" Yoko Shimomura
Richard M. Sherman
Robert B. Sherman
Alan Menken
Howard Ashman
Danny Elfman
Kaoru Wada
"Lazy Afternoons" Yoko Shimomura Souhei Kano
"The Other Promise" Yoko Shimomura Souhei Kano
"Another Side" Yoko Shimomura
Natsumi Kameoka
Kaoru Wada
Intermission
"Gearing Up~Shipmeisters' Shanty~Blast Off!" Yoko Shimomura Souhei Kano
"Destiny's Union" Yoko Shimomura Kaoru Wada
"The Unknown" Yoko Shimomura Kaoru Wada
"Musique pour la tristesse de Xion" Yoko Shimomura Kaoru Wada
"The Power of Darkness" Yoko Shimomura Kaoru Wada
"March Caprice for Piano and Orchestra" Yoko Shimomura Kaoru Wada

Album[edit]

The Kingdom Hearts Concert -First Breath- album cover.

An album for the concert was announced for public sale on May 25, 2017 and features all, of the pieces planned to be performed at the concert. Originally, Square Enix had no plans of releasing the concert in CD or DVD form. The album released on July 26, 2017 for 3,300 yen. On October 2, 2017, it was announced that the album would be released in North America on October 31, and in Europe sometime that same month.

Track Title Length Artist Composer
1 "Destati" 3:25 Kaoru Wada Yoko Shimomura
2 "Dearly Beloved" 4:41 Kaoru Wada Yoko Shimomura
3 "Traverse Town" 3:03 Souhei Kano Yoko Shimomura
4 "Hand in Hand" 2:53 Kaoru Wada Yoko Shimomura
5 "Journey of KINGDOM HEARTS" 9:30 Kaoru Wada Yoko Shimomura
6 "Lazy Afternoons" 4:11 Souhei Kano Yoko Shimomura
7 "The Other Promise" 5:13 Yoko Souhei Kano Yoko Shimomura
8 "Another Side" 2:57 Kaoru Wada Yoko Shimomura
9 "Gearing Up ~ Shipmeisters' Shanty ~ Blast Off!" 3:47 Souhei Kano Yoko Shimomura
10 "Destiny's Union" 3:22 Kaoru Wada Yoko Shimomura
11 "The Unknown" 5:40 Kaoru Wada Yoko Shimomura
12 "Musique pour la tristesse de Xion" 4:39 Kaoru Wada Yoko Shimomura
13 "The Power of Darkness" 9:12 Kaoru Wada Yoko Shimomura
14 "March Caprice for Piano and Orchestra" 5:22 Kaoru Wada Yoko Shimomura

Merchandise[edit]

Secret Story from Kingdom Hearts Concert -First Breath-[edit]

This conversation between Terra and Naminé was performed live at each performance. A transcription of the exchange was included in the Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World Tour- guide, labeled as "Secret Story from Kingdom Hearts Concert -First Breath-". According to Tetsuya Nomura, the conversation connects to and precedes Terra's appearance in Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep -A fragmentary passage-[5].

Transcription[edit]

Naminé: Don't worry. You might forget about me, but with our promise, I can come back. Yes, one day the light – it will be ours, and it will bring us together. I'll then – I'll be in your heart.

Sora: Right. Forgotten – but not lost.

---

Lingering Will: Aqua… Ven... A keyblade? Who are you? I know you. We've met before, way back when. No, that wasn't you. You're not the one I chose. Where is he? Xe... ha... nort... Is that you? Xeha... nort... Xehanort!

Lingering Will: That's it. Your power. That's what I felt within you. The power that connects to Aqua. And to Ven's heart.

---

Terra: Where am I...?

Naminé: In your memories. Traces of you were lost, so I found you through memories belonging to those you've met in the past.

Terra: Who are you?

Naminé: I'm Naminé. It's nice to meet you. I'm a witch who can control peoples' memories.

Terra: A witch?

Naminé: Right now, you're bound to two memories. One belongs to you, the other belongs to an unspeakable darkness –

Terra: ... Master Xehanort.

Naminé: Your heart will soon encounter a familiar light. You must make sure she isn't lost to the darkness. You must guide her.

Terra: Her? You mean Aqua? I'm not sure what I can do to help, not like this.

Naminé: You must fight, Terra, like the others. You mustn't let your heart melt into darkness: follow your true memories, and you'll reach the light. She's headed there too – to the same place. You must believe in your promise, just as she continues to believe in you.

Terra: Aqua. Ven. One day I'll – I've never forgotten our promise. I will keep fighting.

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