Final Fantasy VI’s ‘Dancing Mad’, a critical analysis

I always liked that third movement.

…if some of it sounds familiar, it’s because much of the melody has been shamelessly lifted from Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, probably the most famous organ piece of all music history. All of this serves to set up Kefka as having achieved divinity, a point that even his appearance during this part of the fight beats you over the head with…But instead of playing this straight, all the religious symbolism is a mockery.

One-Winged Angel Salute

1Up’s Chiptuned blog showcases a bunch of arrangements of One-Winged Angel from Final Fantasy VII.

I used to try learning this in high school on the piano in my music teacher’s room when I had free periods. A teacher once asked me what that “funeral music” I was playing was all about. I’m pretty sure he was getting annoyed every time I restarted the “dun dun dun dun dun dun dun DUN dun dun DUN — dun dun dun dun dun dun dun DUN dun dun DUN SE — PHI — ROTH!” part.

Kefka / Jobriath

I submit that some of the character designers at Squaresoft were admirers of Jobriath.

Glam rocker Jobriath:

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Final Fantasy villain Kefka (as portrayed by a cosplayer):1

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Jobriath’s song “What A Pretty” containing a maniacal laugh:

Kefka’s laugh:



  1. Photo by Stephen Tang used under a Creative Commons License.