Farewell Iwata (Fi's Farewell)

by Laura Intravia

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In memory of the incomparable Satoru Iwata (1959-2015).

The day after Satoru Iwata's passing, I was going for a walk, listening to video game music. I had been thinking about Mr. Iwata ever since I heard the news of his death, and was feeling deeply sad about the loss of this great man, when this hauntingly beautiful theme began to play on my iPod. I knew the melody and the game was Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, but couldn't remember the name of the piece; I waited until the song was done to check the iPod, and saw the title was "Fi's Farewell." I had completely forgotten about that portion of the game's plot, and how perfectly suited the music was to that moment of Fi's departure. It was not a song about sadness or loss, but about acceptance, about faith in the future; the necessity and inevitability of saying good-bye.

The song has been stuck in my head ever since, so I made this arrangement today as my own small homage to Mr. Iwata; my own way of saying good-bye. Allthough I never met him personally, I have heard a great deal about him over the years and he never ceased to inspire me with his work ethic, generosity and his love for the video game industry. Thank you for all you have done Mr. Iwata, and farewell.


released September 23, 2015
Artwork by Jeffrey Fugelsang



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Laura Intravia New York, New York

Laura Intravia is a performer, composer and arranger. Known best for her live performances in video game music concerts such as VIDEO GAMES LIVE and POKEMON: SYMPHONIC EVOLUTIONS, she has written, arranged and performed music in a variety of genres, including classical, jazz and VGM albums, as well as for film and video games. ... more

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