Monthly Archives: October 2014

Creepy Classical Music for a Haunted Halloween

Here are a few of our favorite classical pieces, perfect for that holiday at the end of October. 

Danse Macabre

I remember being introduced to this piece in the fourth grade, and it was the first time I realized classical music didn’t have to be boring – it could be creepy! Danse Macabre was written in 1874 by French composer Camille Saint-Saens.

Night on Bald Mountain

Another early introduction to creepy classical, via Disney’s Fantasia, is Night on Bald Mountain. I can only assume I wasn’t the only child who found this segment of the movie too scary to watch. Russian Modest Mussorgsky composed Night on Bald Mountain in 1867.

Toccata and Fugue in D Minor

What Halloween music list would be complete without the da-da-dunnnnn of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor? These are certainly the notes you would hear as a vampire awakes in his casket, or as you slowly push open the door of a haunted mansion.

Imperial March

Some great creepy classical music has been written in this century, too. John Willims’ Imperial March from Star Wars will send chills down your spine, or at least make you want to protect your neck from an invisible chokehold.  Happy Halloween!