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!

 

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Comments [11]

Emily Hastings


COOL LAST MINUTE HALLOWEEN SONG FOR YOUR PLAYLIST. TOTALLY UNIQUE AND CLEAN.

http://www.amazon.com/Friends-in-the-Graveyard/dp/B001A2VSJY/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1351684988&sr=8-3&keywords=Friends+In+The+Graveyard

Oct. 31 2012 08:28 AM
Emily


Here's a badass Halloween song. Totally Uniqe.

http://www.amazon.com/Frankenstein-With-Back-Up/dp/B001A31STS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350763398&sr=8-1&keywords=David+Hatfield+Frankenstein

Oct. 20 2012 04:38 PM
Bev

Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus scares me...

Oct. 31 2011 12:36 PM
Michael Meltzer

1. Liszt: Vallee d'Obermann (Horowitz recording)
2. Rachmaninoff: Isle of the Dead
3. Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - Promenade & #1 Gnomus (again, Horowitz recording)
4. Any Scriabin piano sonata
5. Lowell Liebermann: Gargoyles

Oct. 31 2011 09:18 AM
SK from Washington, DC

The Grieg seems out of place (it could be used for a lot of non-scary things), but one that is definitely missing would be Franck's "Le Chasseur Maudit", which is a tone poem about a noble who avoids Church and goes hunting, only to end up being relentlessly chased forever by demons for this act. I don't know how to re-contextualize this into a non-scary thing if done in its entirety, but I sure can image an alien abduction story out of this music! Here is the piece itself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAyi7aQIWXs

Oct. 31 2011 09:03 AM
Kenneth Bennett Lane from Lake Hiawatha, NJ

HALLOWEEN, what could be a better time to hear music which extols the scary. Moussorgsky's "Night on Bald Mountain," Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King," Sibelius' "Valse Trist," Saint-Saens ' "Danse Macabre," Verdi's Requiem's "Dies Irae." and Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" are some of the more familiar chestnuts, but there are many more musical examples.

Oct. 31 2010 11:02 AM
Frank Feldman

Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima
The Devils of Loudon (Penderecki both)
Ligeti Requiem
Lulu being stabbed by Jack the Ripper and ff.
Marie being stabbed by Wozzeck and ff.

Oct. 31 2009 12:01 AM
Evan Young from New Jersey

The scariest piece of music ever written has got to be Bach's Tocatta in Fugue in D minor.

Oct. 30 2009 09:50 PM
PETER KIEFFER from NORTH MERRICK, NY

TRY HENRI MULET'S TOCCATA. IT COULD BE THE THEME FOR ANY HORROR MOVIE FROM LON CHANEY/BELA LUGOSI TO "THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT." (PRIORY RECORDS PRCD5001 "FANFARE II", TRACK 24 (2:37).)

Oct. 30 2009 11:32 AM
L.Lubin from Ft. Lee, NJ

The Poulenc Organ Concerto out-creeps even the Bach D minor Toccata and Fugue. Starts out solo and super creepy, becomes a satanic samba, and returns to creepy mode for the finale. Beats "Danse Macabre" in my book. BTW, "Danse Macabre" was originally a song by Saint-Saens, with text by Henri Cazalis. In a similar vein, Harry Belafonte sang a calypso number called "Zombie Jamboree."

Oct. 30 2009 10:24 AM
PJ Henry

How about some 20th century or modern music?

Oct. 26 2009 06:51 PM

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