The Spookiest Halloween Music
Friday, October 16, 2009
Looking for music that’s scary and spooky in honor of All Hallows’ Eve? Check out these online video picks.
1. Edgar Allan Poe couldn’t tell a creepier story than Franz Schubert’s Die Erlkonig song. With a text by Goethe, it is about a young boy who espies the mysterious Erlking.
2. Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain is already well-known from Fantasia, but check out this superbly executed and rather disturbing Russian film adaptation.
3. Grieg’s spine-chilling In the Hall of the Mountain King provides the soundtrack for a stop-action animated chessboard in which the pieces go to war.
4. Saint-Saens’ Danse Macabre is inspired by an old myth that on Halloween, Death calls skeletons to dance while he plays his fiddle.
5. Berlioz’ Symphonie Fantastique is the very definition of a gruesome nightmare, culminating in the famous Dance of the Witches’ Sabbath. Good luck having sweet dreams after this one!