There is a particular musical piece from the video game Final Fantasy 6 called Phantom Train which has me mesmerized today. I would like to ask how the genre of this song might be called.

Link to a rendition on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJeOJ3zcs4E

To me personally the sound evokes a feeling of grandiose decadance combined with morbid melancholy. A kind of bitter-sweet symphony if you will.

Do you know any similar songs to this one?

Thanks in advance.

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This is a dirge

A dirge is a somber song or lament expressing mourning or grief, such as would be appropriate for performance at a funeral


The harpsichord figures give it a baroque sound.

The Baroque is a highly ornate and often extravagant style of architecture, music, dance, painting, sculpture and other arts that flourished in Europe from the early 17th until the mid-18th century.


So what you have here is a baroque dirge or funeral march.


Here's a more recent song deliberately written in that same style:


In the classical world:

Saint-Saens, Danse macabre

Gounod, Funeral March of a Marionette

Liszt, Totentanz

Berlioz, last two movements of Symphonie Fantastique

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