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    What is your favorite music for Halloween?

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    Default I love this masterpiece of Ludwig van Beethoven. It has some magic,mystery and power

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    Night on Bald Mountain, as cooked up nicely by Tomita.

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    Totentanz. The first Liszt masterpiece i listened to. I have Ozawa and Zimerman recording which is amazing.
    ( also: Dance of Macabre Camille Saint-Saens)

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    I've seen more than one creepy movie that used LVB's Moonlight Sonata during a really, er, creepy scene.

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    I like Schumann’s Carnaval, Op. 9 for Hallowe’en. Wrong festival, I know, but I like the costume/revelry kind of Hallowe’en, not so much spooky or scary stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregorx View Post
    I've seen more than one creepy movie that used LVB's Moonlight Sonata during a really, er, creepy scene.
    First thing that came to mind was Misery. The hobbling scene. I think they played a recording of Liberace's version because she was also obsessed with him.

    gergorx: Speaking of creepy, is your avatar from the '60s British t.v. show The Prisoner?
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    Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique, or Prokofiev Symphony No. 3.

    Maybe Marschner's Der Vampyr?

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    My Halloween playlist:

    1. Lyadov: Kikimora and Baba Yaga
    2. Rimsky-Korsakov: A Night on Mt. Triglav
    3. Ives: Halloween
    4. Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (IV and V)
    5. Saint-Saens: Danse Macabre
    6. Balakirev: Thamar
    7. Dvorak: The Noonday Witch
    8. Christopher Young: soundtrack to Hellraiser
    9. Waxman: soundtrack to Bride of Frankenstein
    10. Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain

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    Two others I would add. One's a classic for this event:

    - Bach: Toccata & Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565
    - Passacaglia & Fugue in C Minor, BWV 582

    Both great for Holloween. But they must be performed on a good pipe organ and CRANK IT!!!!!!

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    Lalo Schifrin - The Exorcist
    Henry Cowell - The Banshee
    Arnold Schoenberg - Verklärte Nacht

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    Quote Originally Posted by SearsPoncho View Post
    First thing that came to mind was Misery. The hobbling scene. I think they played a recording of Liberace's version because she was also obsessed with him.

    gergorx: Speaking of creepy, is your avatar from the '60s British t.v. show The Prisoner?
    Haven't seen that one. King's books have had really mixed treatments on film. I see that Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No.1 is also in it. I was thinking of Samuel Fuller's The Naked Kiss. Used in a very creepy scene. Since seeing that film, I think Moonlight Sonata is a creepy piece of music.

    Yes, that's the high wheel bicycle that appears and disappears in the closing credits. It's the logo of the Village.

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    Dvorak The Water Goblin and The Noonday Witch
    Liszt Faust Symphony I and II
    Crumb Black Angels

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    Sometimes music can set a mood or enhance a scene that it might not have originally been created for. Sounds can become spooky by context.

    Among my experiences as a theatre sound designer were several that dealt with acquiring incidental music for creepy scenes. One was a masked Halloween dance in a Frankenstein play, for which I chose the "Dance of the Knights" from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet.

    Here's Gergiev doing the piece with his best scary-mask face on:



    In that same play I utilized a segment of the opening movement, Allegro, of Ulvi Cemal Erkin's remarkable Symphony No. 2. Most memorable, to me at least, was the use of the second movement's opening moments (the Adagio) for a scene where Dr. Victor Frankenstein stitches together his "creature", his sweeping arm movements as he draws thread through the corpse on the table in front of him growing faster and faster in time with the pulse of the music. Creepy indeed.

    And this was before I ever realized Kubrick had used the Adagio of Erkin's First Symphony in a segment of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

    For a presentation of Poe's "Masque of the Red Death", in an evening of five Poe short story dramatizations titled Poe-V-ganza I chose the Prokofiev "Waltz & Midnight Scene" from Cinderella. Again, a costume ball was the feature on stage which included the dreaded entrance of the character The Red Death.



    And in that same production I chose to open "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" segment with the opening movement Funebre, energico of Estonian composer Kaljo Raid's Symphony No. 1 in C minor, perhaps a piece not so familiar, but certainly unforgettable as incidental music for a murder scene.



    I recall using the famous opening section of Orff's Carmina Burana in a similar creepy masked-ball opening for a Dracula play. That's a musical piece that just might frighten trick-or-treaters away from your front porch on Halloween night. Especially if they know Latin and listen to the words.



    Were I to enjoy a concert comprised of the pieces mentioned above this Halloween season, I will have creeps enough for days, as well as some wonderful memories of time spent in the theatre with good friends and good times. And isn't that the real meaning behind Halloween celebration?

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