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    Default Looking for powerful and 'spooky' Choir/Orchestra works

    Hi Guys,

    I'm looking for some classical works that are best described as above, Powerful and maybe even spooky for choir and orchestra.

    If you don't know what I mean, which I find very likely, I'm talking about stuff like Dies Irae from Mozart's Requiem and O Fortuna from Karl Orff's Carmina Burana

    If you have any pieces in mind, please share.

    Thanks

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    Some suggestions:

    Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique - 5th mvt. Songe d'une nuit du sabbat.

    Mussorgsky - Night on the Bare Mountain

    Jerry Goldsmith - From the soundtrack to The Omen (1976), many eerie tracks such as Ave Satani, The Killer Storm, The Altar

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    The most powerful Dies Irae out there is definitely Verdi's, and I second Night on a Bald/Bare Mountain.
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    I have the impression I already suggested something by Anatoli Lyadov.

    (And something was said about adding a choir to Shostakovich's Chamber Symphony).

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    I would recommend 'Dance of the Knights' from Prokofiev's 'Romeo and Juliet'- it's overplayed but it works! I would also suggest listening to Rimsky-Korsakov's 'Scheherezade', which is incredibly powerful with some quite sinister movements. Hope that helps!

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    Hmmm,

    Let say:

    Handel:

    -Worthy is the lamb/men from Messiah
    -He gave them hailstones for rain from Israel in Egypt
    -Praise the Lord from Solomon
    At first, I discovered the wonders of classical music through the marvels of its baroque period and especially those from Mr. Handel, which explain my forum nickname. About 10 years ago, my interest leaned over classical period and Herr Haydn's production. The music bus recently drove me to the early 1800s. Where will it end?

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    Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle gets quite spooky, particularly towards the end.

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    Handel, you've forgotten "Since by Man came Death" That is both a spooky and powerful choral/orchestral work!
    When all the paint has been dried, when all the stone has been carved, music shall remain, and we shall work with what remains.

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    Hey, you might want to check out this CD
    http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00008E...KS2SN3T3MS6TG2
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    Bach's mass in B minor bwv 232 - the third Kyrie Eleison
    Antonio Vivaldi's magnificat in g minor
    Tomas luis de Victoria's masses

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edward Elgar View Post
    Handel, you've forgotten "Since by Man came Death" That is both a spooky and powerful choral/orchestral work!
    Good if you think so, but for me, it is only a classical example of Handel theatrality. A dark and slow movement followed by a fast and and joyous one. Typicallty handelian. Saw this pattern too in Israel in Egypt.

    It's good but not sublime imho.
    At first, I discovered the wonders of classical music through the marvels of its baroque period and especially those from Mr. Handel, which explain my forum nickname. About 10 years ago, my interest leaned over classical period and Herr Haydn's production. The music bus recently drove me to the early 1800s. Where will it end?

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    May I recomend a few pieces from Mozart's "Don Giovanni"?

    The Overture
    The Finale
    Scene XV( Act two), the scene with the "Il Commendatore statue"

    And for something very spooky and frightening( for musicians and classical music loves, hehe)....Stravinky's "Rite of Spring"!...( Anything from Phillip Glass might be as scary too!)

    Musically,
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    " 'Penitence!'
    'No!'
    'Penitence!'
    'No!'
    'Penitence!'
    'No!'
    'Yes!'
    'Nooooooooooo!' [Dragged down into Hell]
    - Act two: Finale of Mozart's "Don Giovanni"

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    Stravinsky: Rite of Spring; Symphony of Psalms (try to listen to this with an all boys choir)

    The Overture to Don Giovanni is spooky? I verily disagree with that.

    Ottorino Respighi: Pines of Rome (particularly second movement)
    The Original Soundtrack to the movie The Omen is terribly frightening for me, as well as the Original Soundtrack to the movie Signs.
    Wagner: Siegfried's Funeral March from Gotterdammerang; Prelude to Act III from Lohengrin (this one is much more for power than spookage); Finale to Gotterdammerang
    Berlioz: Hungarian March from La Damnation De Faust (Once again, if you wish for mainly power); Royal Hunt and Storm from Les Troyens
    Holst: "Neptune: The Mystic" from The Planets
    "Farewell happy fields
    Where joy for ever dwells: hail horrors, hail
    Infernal world, and thou profoundest Hell
    Recieve thy new possesor: one who brings
    A mind not to be changed by place or time.
    The mind is its own place, and in itself
    Can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n." - Satan from Paradise Lost by John Milton (Book I: Lines 249-255)

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    Alberich's monologue at the begining of Siegfried's second act is creepy if sang properly.

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    Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King" and "Chase of the Trolls" (??) from Peer Gynt. The latter is very difficult to find, as many albums, for some reason (who knows why) love to omit it (only one is the performance by Blomstedt and the San Francisco Sym- which Im trying to get my hands on). The other you can find in a snap.

    Others, Danse Macabre by Saint-Saens, and Cloudburst from "Grand Canyon Suite" by Groffe.

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