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Halloween Mood Music: Five Classical Selections

Meadow Elves Spooky Themes from Classical Music Compositions Listen and investigate classical music compositions and you will find an abundance of spooky themes. Some of these have been reconstructed into themes used in modern movies such as the very spooky Dies Irae 'The Shining' movie theme from the Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique Fifth movement: 'Dreams of a Witches' Sabbath.' And who can forget the animation squence of Night on Bald Mountain from the 1940 release of Disney's 'Fantasia' or Mickey Mouse as The Sorcerer's Apprentice in both the 1940 and 200 releases of 'Fantasia?' This HubPage collects five of my favorite spooky classical music compositions. In some cases I've included modern adaptations. The most important element about this HubPage is that I want readers to listen to some, if not all, of these selections and let their imaginations wonder as the composer's must have done. Perhaps readers might even enjoy constructing their own Halloween playlists using some of the compositions. Demons, Witches, Fairies, Dwarves and Goblins - Roots in mythology and Manifestation in Music Halloween, as most of us know, is the popularization of the ancient evening (Eve) of the Day of the Dead (All Hallows). Over the centuries, what once were an eve and a day for remembering our ancestors or their spirits have evolved into a scary time in which friendly and helpful spirits have become decidedly unfriendly and scary creatures. The creative among us, artists and musicians, have exploited thoughts and imaginative manifestations of these other worldly creatures into stimulating works. These works, especially the musical, have the power to lead us among our own imaginations and dream-paths. Enjoy my selections! Graphic: By C. Williams (Library of Congress[1]) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons #1 - Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique- 5th Movement (Dreams of a Witches' Sabbath) - Here are several variations of the original composition. Berlioz: "Symphonie Fantastique" - 5th Movement with Leonard Bernstein Detail from the Memorial of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, St. Mark Cemetery, Austria, Vienna #2 - Mozart " Requiem Dies Irae " - Sends cold chills up one's spine! Here are a long version,a shorter version, and one, a cover of Mozart's Requiem (Dies Irae) on 3 electric guitars mixed in with the "Requiem Dies Irae" Backing Track. W.A. Mozart - Sequentia (Dies Irae) Requiem Alfred Bierstadt: "Storm in the Rocky Mountains, Mt Rosalie - 1866" #3 - Night on Bald Mountain Presented here are the classical versions and the 1940 Disney version with animation. Version #1 Night on Bald Mountain (Arr. Rimsky-Korsakov); Version #2 Night on Bald Mountain: Leopold Stokowski recording his own version of Mussorgsky's own original orchestral and choral versions, also edited or arranged by Rene Leibowitz (and recorded by him) as well as Charles Gerhardt and several others; Version #3 Fantasia(1940) featuring "Night on Bald Mountain": The first half of the final animation sequence. Dancers from "Night on the Bare Mountain" Fantasia (1940) Theatrical Trailer Cover #4 - Walt Disney's Fantasia 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' (L'apprenti sorcier) written by Paul Abraham Dukas (1 October 1865 - 17 May 1935), has eclipsed that of Dukas' other surviving works. This French composer was also a critic, scholar and teacher. A studious man, of retiring personality, he was intensely self-critical, and he abandoned and destroyed many of his compositions. Here are some of the variations available on YouTube: #1 - Walt Disney - Fantasia - Mickey The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Eight minutes) with more of the magician #2 - Walt Disney- Mickey Mouse- Fantasia (Nine minutes) #3 - Re-Score: Fantasia - Mickey the Magician by a student (Very Short) #4 - Fantasia: Special Edition HD Footage (The Sorcerers Apprentice, Clip from the re-release of Disney's "Fantasia", in November 2010 Blu-Ray release and December 2010 DVD release. The Troll King and the Princess - 1905 Selections of the composition 'In the Hall of the Mountain King' to Download to Your MP3 Player #5 - Grieg - In the Hall of the Mountain King Music: Your Choice for Halloween Musical Instruments and Creepy Sounds Dd you enjoy my five favorite pieces of Spine-tingling music? What other choices would you have? Do you enjoy derivations from classical music for holiday music? Comments About the Musical Choices Georgene Moizuk Bramlage (author) from southwestern Virginia on September 04, 2012: @WriterJanis2: Thanks so much for visiting and your gracious comments! :) WriterJanis2 on September 04, 2012: Good music choices here. Georgene Moizuk Bramlage (author) from southwestern Virginia on September 03, 2012: @BestGamesQuest: Thanks for stopping by and leaving this gracious comment. This was fun to research, listen to and write :) BestGamesQuest on September 03, 2012: Great, spooky compilation you've got here!

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