Okay, so Kefka *SPOILER* pretty much just destroyed the world. Now what?
The change in the overworld theme from the optimistic sounding “Terra” that scored the first half of the game gives way to the ominous sound “Dark World”. The MIDI even has a bitter wind sound effect ripping through it, as if to underscore the fact that this place sucks. Huge props to Nobuo Uematsu for having the pulse of the storyline and being able to wrest emotion out of simple MIDI sequencing.
It just makes the eventual transition into the much more hopeful third overworld theme “Searching For Friends” after you find the Falcon that much more satisfying.