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Trick or Treat

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"Haunting", Halloween music
Terrifying Music

En français:

Yes, this is what you think it is.

This is the “Hallowe’en Hit Parade”, Classics style – no Monster Mash or Disco Dracula, you needn’t worry. What I have planned here is about 90 minutes of classical spooks rather than things I heard that I found to sound scary or terrifying (If that’s what you’re looking for, the above threads have many fine examples.)

You will find here the de facto standards: Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, Saint-Saëns’ Danse Macabre, and Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain (just to name a few). In fact, I’m especially proud of the Mussorgsky rendition I found; it has to be the spookiest I’ve ever heard!

So tonight, when the retinue of little goblins show up, hook this up to your speakers and hit “play” to get your mood music going.

And, word to the wise, the “threat of trick” awaits if you fail to hand out candies, even to teenage girls who “dress like their teacher”, as Larry David learns at his expense. The last selection on my playlist is a funny/funny classic bit from Curb Your Enthusiasm (NOTE: this is definitely PG for crude language, so you’ve been warned!)

Happy Hallowe’en, and keep the little snickers for me!


Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
Conrad Kleiger, organ

Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893)
Marche funèbre d'une marionnette (Funeral March of a Marionette) in D Minor (1879)
The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yan Pascal Tortelier

Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921)
Danse macabre, Op.40
Sidney Sax, solo violinist; National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski.

Sir Malcolm ARNOLD (1921-2006)
Tam O'Shanter Overture, Op.51
The New Symphony Orchestra of London conducted by Sir Alexander Gibson

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849)
Third movement (Marche funèbre: Lento) from Piano Sonata No.2 in B Flat Minor, Op.35
Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, piano
[Complete work performed by Vladimir Horowitz]

Paul DUKAS (1865-1935)
L'Apprenti Sorcier (The Sorcerer's Apprentice) (1897)
The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski

Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907)
Dovregubbens hall (In the Hall of the Mountain King) from Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op.46
Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg conducted by Scott Lawton

Hector BERLIOZ (1803-1869)
Marche au supplice (March to the scaffold) and Songe d'une nuit du Sabbat (Dream of a Sabbath night) from Symphonie fantastique: Épisode de la vie d'une artiste, Op.14
Orchestre National de France conducted by Leonard Bernstein
[Complete performance]

Andrew POWELL (*1949)
The Fall of the House of Usher (ca. 1975)
(Based on sketches for La chûte de la maison Usher, L. 112 by Claude DEBUSSY)
Orson Welles, narrator; The Alan Parsons Project

Modest Petrovich MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881)
Ivanova noch' na Lisoy gore (Night on Bald Mountain) (1867)
(Arranged by René LEIBOWITZ)
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by René Leibowitz

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November 4th 2011, "I Think You Will Love This Music Too" will be adding a new montage "World War I" to its Pod-O-Matic Podcast. Read our English and French commentary November 4th on the ITYWLTMT Blogspot blog.
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Updated Oct-31-2011 at 10:35 by itywltmt

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