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GAMEPLAY: Role-Playing Games

Chrono Trigger wide cover
Yasunori Mitsuda composed the beloved score of 1995 role-playing classic Chrono Trigger.

Storytelling scores that immerse us in fantastical worlds.

This week, we’ll hear music from role-playing games: storytelling scores that immerse us in fantastical worlds.

We’ll hear a variety of selections from Chrono Trigger, Persona, Xenoblade, and many more.

Generous support for the music heard on this program comes from the Robert T. and Ruth Haidt Hughes Memorial Acquisitions Fund. Special thanks to Michael Culler for engineering assistance. Amanda Sewell is IPR's Music Director. Keith Brown is GAMEPLAY’s host and executive producer.

To hear the full episode, click the link above! Here's the playlist:

Yoko Shimomura - Somnus (Final Fantasy XV) - PurpleSchala, piano

Yasunori Mitsuda, arr. Kosuke Yamashita - Presentiment/Chrono Trigger (Chrono Trigger) - Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra/Shimpei Sasaki

Yasunori Mitsuda, arr. Mariam Abounnasr - Morning Sunlight/Guardia Millennial Fair/Gato’s Song (Chrono Trigger) - Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra/Shimpei Sasaki

Yoko Kanno - Catalina (Uncharted Waters: New Horizons) - Yoko & The First Dogs

Yasunori Mitsuda - Chrono Cross - Scars of Time (Chrono Cross) - Original soundtrack

Yasunori Mitsuda - The Girl Who Stole the Stars (Chrono Cross) - Original soundtrack

Borislav Slavov - Mead, Gold, and Blood - Ifan’s Theme (Divinity: Original Sin 2) - Hungarian Studio Orchestra

Borislav Slavov - Rivellon (Divinity: Original Sin 2) - Hungarian Studio Orchestra

Shoji Meguro - Wake Up, Get Up, Get Out There (Persona 5) - Lyn Inaizumi, vocals/original soundtrack

Manami Kiyota, arr. PurpleSchala, Andrew Dunn - A Place in the Sun (Xenoblade Chronicles 2) - PurpleSchala, piano; Andrew Dunn, cello (Israfelcello)

Dale North - Finding Presents (Alchemic Cutie) - Original soundtrack

Dale North - From Sumo to Splash (Alchemic Cutie) - Original soundtrack

Hitoshi Sakimoto - Staff Roll (Vagrant Story) - Shinozaki Group (original soundtrack)

Keith Brown is the host of Matinee Classics and the host and producer of GAMEPLAY.