ReMix:Final Fantasy VI "Fiddlesticks Rag" 3:26

By Diodes

Arranging the music of one song...

"Spinach Rag"

Primary Game: Final Fantasy VI (Square , 1994, SNES), music by Nobuo Uematsu

Posted 2013-08-12, evaluated by djpretzel

diotrans, ReMixer AND violinist for OverClocked University, contributed this nifty piano + violin rag that turns spinach into fiddlesticks; Amy writes:

"I have such a deep love for FFVI and its soundtrack for so many reasons, and am so honored to be a part of this album to pay homage to Nobuo Uematsu's stellar work, as it has had a profound influence on me as a musician. I chose "Spinach Rag" because of my love also for ragtime music. For an audition in high school, I played a fantastic arrangement of Scott Joplin's "Pine Apple Rag" on viola, which was full of little tricks like slides which can't be done on piano. Since then, I have always felt that ragtime is as fitting for violin or viola as it is for piano. So when I arranged this remix, I wanted to not only play the Spinach Rag on the violin, but to utilize the wide range of possibilities of what a violin can do: slides, double-stops, arco and pizzicato, etc. This arrangement is for 2 violins and piano, and intended to be fully playable as a live ensemble piece.

Many thanks to zircon for his production help, turning my MIDI keyboard playing and raw violin recordings into a polished finish piece. He did a great job of capturing the style I was going for."

Speaking of zircon, he writes:

"There's something so dated yet timeless about ragtime themes, and it's great to see them incorporated in game soundtracks the way they are from time to time. The "Spinach Rag" being among the most memorable rag themes in gaming history, it's nice that this take on it stays close enough to the material while offering instrumentation and flourishes aplenty to keep it fresh and current. A great little theme and the perfect arrangement to capture its quirky goodness."

I think doubling up on violins was really key, here - a duet might certainly have been nice, but the harmony part truly sells it, and makes it a bit more down-home rustic & celebratory. Celebrationally rustic. And of course the myriad articulations that Amy mentions are a huge part of nailing the right touch & feel to the whole thing, too. Adapting the rag for two violins & piano resulted in an arrangement that doesn't attempt to recontextualize the original whatsoever, but instead makes some meaningful tweaks that maintain the rag feel in a more acoustic, immediate setting. Very legit, very cool, sounds like the type of music people might be tempted to drink moonshine to (in a good way), and respects the source while bringing something new to the table!



Latest 11 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Jayne Lewis
on 2017-05-02 23:32:32

This is unreal!! is there any way of getting the sheet music for this 2 violin and piano arrangement?

on 2016-02-29 00:42:58

Ah, it's so smiley fun. :D The violin and piano blend so well together.

on 2015-05-25 11:58:34

Sometimes there's nothing better than relatively simple (in terms of instrumentation) yet stylish old-fashioned music. Great!

on 2014-09-19 23:51:14

Listening to this makes me want to produce a black white old timey cartoon. :-?

on 2013-10-09 17:19:23

This mix is the business. Absolutely amazing work by Amy. :-)

on 2013-10-09 17:03:16

I was listening to this song today for the umpteenth time, and I stopped and said to myself "I really like that song." So I just came here to say that. Definitely one of my favorites from Balance and Ruin.

on 2013-08-25 06:51:03

I really love this piece! The violin/piano rag well married with the original track. I enjoy how we retrieve the original atmosphere with acoustic instruments; and an impressive performance in violin. I’m not familiarized with this instrument, and I only can foresee all its possibilities. I hope hearing more arrangements like this on OCR :) Great job!

on 2013-08-16 12:51:39

Puts a smile on my face. I can imagine the party stopped after entering into a battle, and instead of fighting the bad-guys, doing a cake-walk! :)

on 2013-08-13 16:35:46

Hey Dio,

Just wanted to say how much I enjoy this piece, it's part of my daily work commute music :) I hope that one day you would be willing to play violin or piano on one of my pieces.



on 2013-08-13 10:54:13

Yay ragtime! One of my favorite "not likely to be used a lot in an arrangement these days" kinds of music! The double violins and piano combined really well for this song, and hearing the violins go through several different kinds of playing was awesome. Certainly an interesting and fun take on the Spinach Rag that I'll probably have on repeat for a long while. Great ReMix.

on 2013-08-12 15:17:13

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Sources Arranged (1 Song)

Primary Game:
Final Fantasy VI (Square , 1994, SNES)
Music by Nobuo Uematsu
"Spinach Rag"

Tags (4)

Arrangement > Solo
Production > Live Recording

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