John Robert Matz - Bemknesyka (The Trials)

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This whimsical take on “The Trials” comes about as a result of my love for the tragically-lost Alexandrov Ensemble, previously (and more famously) known as the Red Army Choir. Something about the original theme felt vaguely Russian, and I decided to run with it, collaborating with lyricist (and Al Bhed linguist) Ian Luckey to craft a compelling folktale set within the FFX universe. Featuring a full orchestra, men’s choir, as well as yours truly as tenor soloist, Bemknesyka was a joy to see brought to life.

lyrics

AL BHED:
Mecdah du so cduno
Drec syo pa uin mycd lryhla

Druikr E's hud vnus drec funmt
E vuikrd du tavaht ed
Ehcbenat po ran luinyka
Du cdyht ib ykyehcd ceh

Bemknesyka

Cu fa cad vundr uh uin zuinhao
Yht E canjat yc kiynteyh
Dra dneymc duug yauhc
Du bnuja fa fana fundro

Bemknesyka

Mat po ran vyedr, cra vummufat drec bydr
Du pnehk pylg dra lyms
Dra baubma cyf ran yc y payluh
Du mekrd dra vidina

E fyc hud yfyna uv dra bnela
Cra't cuuh ryja du byo
Dra nediym tasyhtat cylnevela
Pid E luimt hud caa fro

Cusauha ryt du pnayg
Drec cbenym uv taydr

E fyc punh uid uv y tnays
Mega so vydran pavuna sa
Du yjuet y meva uv ceh
Dra funmt sicd huf yfygah

Bemknesyka

Dra tnays ahtc
Vun dra adanhym lyms
Yht cu E, duu, vyta yfyo

ENGLISH TRANSLATION:
Listen to my story
This may be our last chance

Though I'm not from this world
I fought to defend it
Inspired by her courage
To stand up against sin

Pilgrimage

So we set forth on our journey
And I served as guardian
The trials took aeons
To prove we were worthy

Pilgrimage

Led by her faith, she followed this path
To bring back the calm
The people saw her as a beacon
To light the future

I was not aware of the price
She'd soon have to pay
The ritual demanded sacrifice
But I could not see why

Someone had to break
This spiral of death

I was born out of a dream
Like my father before me
To avoid a life of sin
The world must now awaken

Pilgrimage

The dream ends
For the eternal calm
And so I, too, fade away

credits

from SPIRA: Music from Final Fantasy X - Zanarkand Mix, released August 18, 2017
John Robert Matz: Producer, Arranger, Mixing Engineer, Production, Tenor Solo, Trumpet (I, II), Horns (I, II)
Alex Hill: Tuba
Andrew Steffen: Violin (I, II), Viola, Bass
Andrew Stern: Cello
Chris Vaughn: Clarinet (I, II)
Daniel Romberger: Trombone (I, II), Vocals
Doug Perry: Snare Drum
Emmanuel Lagumbay: Vocals
Francisco Joubert: Bassoon
Michael Garrett Steele: Vocals
Ian Luckey: Lyrics, Translation, Vocals
Ian Martyn: Vocals
Jeff Swingle: Vocals
Jesse Buddington: Vocals
Ken "Hat" Crouch: Vocals
Kristin Naigus: Oboe
Laura Intravia: Flute, Piccolo
Lori Syngajewski: Bass Clarinet
Lucas Guimaraes: Vocals
Michael Hoffmann: Vocals
Nautilus T Party: Vocals
Nobuo Uematsu: Composer
Ryan Ike: Vocals
Stephen Froeber: Balalaika
The ETHEReal String Orchestra: Strings
Travis Vengroff: Accordion

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