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Classical music: What is the Devilishly best music for Halloween? Here are 13 suggestions to listen to plus some other suggestions. What piece would you choose?

October 31, 2014
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ALERT: Today’s FREE Friday Musicale, from 12:15 to 1 p.m. at the First Unitarian Society of Madison 900 University Bay Drive, features pianist Mark Valenti (below). He will play “Estampes” by Claude Debussy, Sonata by Bela Bartok and “Variations Serieuses” by Felix Mendelssohn.

Mark Valenti

By Jacob Stockinger

Today, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, is Halloween.

In addition to trick-or-treating and dressing up in costumes, visiting Houses of Horrors, watching horror films and scary TV shows, people often listen to spooky music.

halloween

What is some good Halloween music?

One perennial favorite in the “Danse Macabre” by the French composer Camille Saint-Saens (below) with such masterful orchestration especially in the strings, brass and percussion parts. You can hear a popular YouTube video with over 5 million hits at the bottom.

Camille Saint-Saens

Here is a website from an Australian arts magazine with 13 -– yes, an unlucky 13 –- suggestions for the best Halloween music. See if you agree.

http://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/features/13-scariest-pieces-classical-music-halloween

And here a previous post from this blog with some suggestions by The Ear as well as some very good and very appropriate reader suggestions:

https://welltempered.wordpress.com/2013/10/31/classical-music-what-is-the-best-scary-music-for-halloween/

What do you think is a really good piece of Halloween music?

Let us know in the COMMENTS section with a link to a YouTube video, if you can include that.

The Ear wants to hear.

And The Ear wishes you a HAPPY HALLOWEEN.

 

 

 

 


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