Date of Award

Summer 2021

Degree Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Music (MM)



Committee Chair

Douglas Rust

Committee Chair School


Committee Member 2

Joseph Brumbeloe

Committee Member 2 School


Committee Member 3

Gregory Fuller

Committee Member 3 School


Committee Member 4

Jonathan Kilgore

Committee Member 4 School



Nobuo Uematsu, the composer of the first nine entries in the Final Fantasy video game series, creates sophisticated music in the operatic section of Final Fantasy VI. This thesis will provide a linear analysis of the music, borrowing from contrapuntal techniques of important theorists such as Heinrich Schenker and Paul Hindemith. The analysis will explain how some linear progressions play guiding roles within the music while others although heard, may not be as important. Furthermore, the most important linear structures will be shown to support the tonal identity of a movement, while important end points coincide with junctures in the programming of the game.

Included in

Music Theory Commons