Halloween: Creepy Compositions

With Halloween just a few days away, we at PARMA have been going through some of our favorite “creepy” compositions in the spirit of the holiday.  Compiled below are a list of some of the more interesting and classic (in our opinion) narrative compositions out there – take a listen!

http://youtube.googleapis.com/v/RqloMc9mYBM&source=udsSchoenberg – Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night)

While not a terribly scary story or composition, “Transfigured Night,” composed by Arnold Schoenberg in 1899, describes a man and woman walking in a moonlit forest late at night.  The woman expressed to her lover that she carries a child from another man.  The composition portrays the sadness, reflection, and eventual acceptance of the child by the couple.

http://youtube.googleapis.com/v/aGFRwKQqbk4&source=udsStravinsky – The Rite of Spring

Well known to many from Disney’s “Fantasia,” in this orchestral tale, Igor Stravinsky depicts the story of a young woman who must dance herself into exhaustion and eventual death as sacrifice.  The narrative to this composition is very intriguing and is one of Stravinsky’s most well-known works.

http://youtube.googleapis.com/v/XoZJkkWX8Yw&source=udsSchubert – Death and the Maiden

A common staple of quartet repertoire, “Death and the Maiden” by Franz Schubert was composed in 1824 and published in 1831, 3 years after his death.  Since, the piece has inspired adaptions on the screen and stage.  The composition itself explores the terrors and comforts of death, ending with a quote from Death itself, “Within mine arms shalt softly rest thee.”

Mussorgsky – Night on Bald Mountain

An instantly recognizable and somewhat haunting piece, Modest Mussorgsky tells the spooky tale of a witchs’ sabbath on St. John’s Night atop “Bald Mountain” near Kiev. You may also know this Russian tale from Disney’s “Fantasia.”

Dan Blakeslee – Halloween Special

From PARMA Licensing’s own catalog of music comes Portsmouth NH native Dan Blakeslee. Dan put together a festive and spooky album of original Halloween tunes.  Featuring tracks filled with accordion, organ, howls and whistles, this is one of our favorites to put on the stereo during this time of year.  Take a listen below and check out Dan’s amazing work. Don’t forget to comment with your favorites!


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