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Exclusive: See an 80-piece chorus perform Final Fantasy X’s “Hymn Of The Fayth”

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If ever there were a video game song just begging to be sung by a chorus of 80 hooded figures and a lady whose dress includes one funny little armored sleeve (clearly a nod to the sartorial flourish we’ve dubbed “the fantasy zone”), it’s “Hymn Of The Fayth” from Final Fantasy X. This religious chant appears throughout the game at pivotal moments, the mood and the voice behind it shifting to match the tone of the scene or character it’s meant to represent. Thanks to that prominence and its simplicity, it’s undoubtedly one of the most haunting pieces ever composed for a video game. It’s a perfect fit for The Greatest Video Game Music III: Choral Edition, a collection of choral renditions of famous game tunes performed in a medieval church by Sweden’s Oprhei Drängar choir and singer Myrra Malmberg. The folks behind the project have shared with us an exclusive video that captures the ensemble’s performance of this timeless tune:

Much like in Final Fantasy X, “Hymn Of The Fayth” plays a prominent role on the album. It’s the opening track—welcoming listeners with its gorgeous, layered arrangement—but it also appears multiple times throughout, remixed to be the connective tissue between songs as varied as Portal’s “Still Alive” and Skyrim’s “Dragonborn.” You can find the rest of the album, which also includes selections from the likes of Dragon Age: Inquisition and The Last Of Us, on iTunes and Spotify.

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