Classical Music for Halloween, Vol. 1:
For as long as I can remember, I've always advocated using classical music for Halloween. I know it sounds a bit odd, but if you remember all the scary movies you've seen, the majority of the films used instrumental music of some kind to help convey the frightening atmosphere. Often times, playing severely inharmonic tones or heart-pounding rhythms. Classical Music for Halloween, Vol. 1 was the first list I compiled. On it you'll find the Orff's blood curdling Carmina Burana, O Fortuna
as well as Bartok's suspenseful Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta (mvmt. 3).
Classical Music for Halloween, Vol. 2:
With the success of my first compilation, and the fact that there are seemingly endless amounts of scary classical music, I put together a second list. With this list comes some rather interesting selections, like the bizarre and hauntingly eerie Vod Balaenae
- a work by George Crumb where the flutist sings into flute while playing it. Also on the list is Bartok's intense Out of Doors - Musettes
, and Penerecki's anxiety inducing Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 1.
Scary Music from the Movies:
As I mentioned before, some of the most frightening movies had soundtracks that you wouldn't want to listen to while you were at home and alone in the dark. With music from Friday the 13th
, as well as Texas Chainsaw Massacre
that was purposefully composed to be scary, you will find easy to incorporate into your Halloween party or haunted house.