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Classical Music for Halloween

A Classical Approach

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Want to get away from usual ghosts, chains, creaking doors, thunder, and screams without losing the spirit of Halloween? Here are a few classical works that are sure to keep the spirit of Halloween alive without giving you a headache. For even more scary classical pieces, stop by Classical Music for Halloween Vol. 2 and Scary Original Film Scores!

  • Bach - Toccata and Fugue in d minor, BWV 565
  • Grieg - In the Hall of the Mountain King
  • Brahms - Piano Quintet in g minor, Op. 25
  • Bartok - Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta (mvmt. 3, adagio)
  • Mozart - Requiem "Dies Irae"
  • Orff - Carmina Burana, O Fortuna
  • Ives - Robert Browning Overture
  • Brahms - Hungarian Dance No. 5 in g minor
  • Webern - Variations Op. 27 - Ruhig fliessend
  • Mussorgsky - A Night on Bald Mountain

How to Use the Music

  • Sit by the fire (indoor or out) with the music gently playing in the background while telling scary stories. Ives' Robert Browning Overture would be great to use in this situation.
  • Instead of the usual spooky sounds playing on your front porch while trick-o-treater's receive their candy, try playing Carmina Burana or Dies Irae. It will surely get their little hearts pumping.
  • Hosting a Halloween costume ball? What greater piece to open up with than Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 5.
  • Last but certainly not least, Bach's Toccata and Fugue would be perfect in any homemade haunted house.

Halloween Creativity

Remember, a scary movie isn't so scary when there is no sound; much of the time it's the music that makes it scary. Be creative when picking out the music for your haunted house or party. These songs are only the beginning. If you don't like these particular songs, but like the idea of playing classical music for Halloween, research your favorite scary movies and find out what songs are used in their soundtracks. Many horror films have at least one classical piece of music.

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