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Halloween 2019 Playlists
« on: October 27, 2019, 10:03:09 AM »
So what will be your playlist for this Halloween? I always try to create a playlist for this festive occasion. I’ll have to work on one, but in the meantime, let’s see those lists!
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Re: Halloween 2019 Playlists
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2019, 10:28:41 AM »
Only one: Arnold’s Tam O’Shanter overture. Love that piece!

BTW which version of Night on the Bald Mountain is the most ghoulish ?

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Re: Halloween 2019 Playlists
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2019, 10:32:11 AM »
Only one: Arnold’s Tam O’Shanter overture. Love that piece!

BTW which version of Night on the Bald Mountain is the most ghoulish ?

I’m not sure --- maybe Gergiev? I like the Abbado/LSO performance on RCA a lot.

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Re: Halloween 2019 Playlists
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2019, 10:53:33 AM »
A possible Halloween playlist for this year:

Ligeti: Atmosphères
Lutosławski: Musique funèbre
Schnittke: Symphony No. 6

---Intermission---

Scelsi: Uaxuctum
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Re: Halloween 2019 Playlists
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2019, 01:45:19 PM »
A tentative list:

Penderecki - The Dream of Jacob
Pettersson - Sonata No. 5 for two violins
Schnittke - String quartet No. 2
Ligeti - Requiem

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Re: Halloween 2019 Playlists
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2019, 05:36:00 PM »
A tentative list:

Penderecki - The Dream of Jacob
Pettersson - Sonata No. 5 for two violins
Schnittke - String quartet No. 2
Ligeti - Requiem

Nice choices with the Schnittke and Ligeti.
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Re: Halloween 2019 Playlists
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2019, 02:41:08 AM »
Halloween is not so big over here as in the USA, although it is more significant than it was in my childhood. What's the criteria for the music? Should it be scary? My childhood awareness of Halloween came from Linus's doomed-to-failure all night vigil waiting for 'The a Great Pumpkin' in Charlie Brown. Just as pointless as Boris Johnson's 'Do-or-Die' ambition to drag the UK out of the EU 'by Halloween'.
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Re: Halloween 2019 Playlists
« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2019, 07:44:53 AM »
Halloween is not so big over here as in the USA, although it is more significant than it was in my childhood. What's the criteria for the music? Should it be scary? My childhood awareness of Halloween came from Linus's doomed-to-failure all night vigil waiting for 'The a Great Pumpkin' in Charlie Brown. Just as pointless as Boris Johnson's 'Do-or-Die' ambition to drag the UK out of the EU 'by Halloween'.

Yeah, when I think of Halloween music, I think music that is brooding, frightening, and eerie. A great example would be Penderecki’s Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima or Kurtág’s Officium breve in memoriam Andreæ Szervánszky for example.
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Re: Halloween 2019 Playlists
« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2019, 06:01:43 AM »
Yeah, when I think of Halloween music, I think music that is brooding, frightening, and eerie. A great example would be Penderecki’s Threnody to the Victims of Hiroshima or Kurtág’s Officium breve in memoriam Andreæ Szervánszky for example.
Thanks John.
This would seem to fit the bill!
Track-listing in review:

http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2009/mar09/Witches_Brew_4429985.htm
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Re: Halloween 2019 Playlists
« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2019, 06:44:40 AM »
Thanks John.
This would seem to fit the bill!
Track-listing in review:

http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2009/mar09/Witches_Brew_4429985.htm

I looked at the contents of this recording and, for me, I need something much more frightening than these works.
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Re: Halloween 2019 Playlists
« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2019, 07:16:05 AM »
I looked at the contents of this recording and, for me, I need something much more frightening than these works.
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How about this?
I find the 'Mummy' work quite spooky:

Miaskovsky's 'Silence' after Edgar Allan Poe also comes to mind.
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Re: Halloween 2019 Playlists
« Reply #11 on: October 29, 2019, 07:36:11 AM »
You're a hard man to please  8)
How about this?
I find the 'Mummy' work quite spooky:

Miaskovsky's 'Silence' after Edgar Allan Poe also comes to mind.


Well, you have to remember, I already have my own playlist. ;) Try listening to this:

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H__4F3t4IxE" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H__4F3t4IxE</a>

This is what I call spooky in the best sense possible. This is Halloween music to me.
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Re: Halloween 2019 Playlists
« Reply #12 on: October 29, 2019, 10:53:23 AM »
There's also Mendelssohn with Die Erste Walpurgisnacht.  >:D

I have and enjoy the Harnoncourt recording.

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« Reply #13 on: October 29, 2019, 11:30:42 AM »
I recommend Herbert Eimert: Epitaph fur Aikichi Kuboyama. A spoken piece in German about a Japanese fisherman killed by fallout from an American atom bomb test which gets very spooky indeed as it is subjected to much magnetic tape and effects processing :o.



I have the CD now but originally heard it from

http://dream.cs.bath.ac.uk/AvantGardeProject/agp37/EuroElectronic%2004%20Eimert%20Epitaph.flac


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« Reply #14 on: October 29, 2019, 11:45:14 AM »
Well, you have to remember, I already have my own playlist. ;) Try listening to this:

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H__4F3t4IxE" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H__4F3t4IxE</a>

This is what I call spooky in the best sense possible. This is Halloween music to me.

Ooh that’s rather good, I hadn’t heard of Scelsi >:D.

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Re: Halloween 2019 Playlists
« Reply #15 on: October 29, 2019, 06:26:59 PM »
Ooh that’s rather good, I hadn’t heard of Scelsi >:D.

8) Checkout this box set of Scelsi orchestral works whenever you have the time:



I really hope this set isn’t completely OOP. :-\
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« Reply #16 on: October 29, 2019, 09:51:57 PM »
8) Checkout this box set of Scelsi orchestral works whenever you have the time:



I really hope this set isn’t completely OOP. :-\

I certainly have time for music like this! I have listened to bits of all the tunes on YouTube, been encouraged by the reviews on Amazon, and a final weird coincidence tipped me over into parting with 50 pounds for a new copy from here in the UK.

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« Reply #17 on: October 30, 2019, 03:50:31 AM »
Halloween is a supermarkets/Disney/M&M's/cheap cobwebs and pumpkin soup activity in Belgium.

I do like a good scare though and enjoy a regular walk on Antwerp's superb "Schoonselhof" cemetery (https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schoonselhof)

Surely, I have mentioned Poul Schierbeck's song Häxa, before. It is a short but powerful dance for soprano and orchestra (with organ obligato). The poem by Erik Axel Karlfeldt depicts a young woman's experiences and visions during a witches sabath....

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/qoxPleseaMY" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/qoxPleseaMY</a>
"Proud dost thou dance on stamping foot
pausing a while, sir Behemot
tight the clasp of thy scarlet tunic
supple thy grace in the gay gavotte
..."
And then I had to think of this 1922 classic:

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/QTdgP1GNGpw" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/QTdgP1GNGpw</a>

I saw Jerzy Kawalerowicz "Matka Joanna" (1961) as a teenager and was deeply impressed & mightily frightened!

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/hkMGFW3dsOo" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/hkMGFW3dsOo</a>

And for something totally different (and alas in bad sound): Humphrey Searle's Tibetan gongs-infused score to The abominable snowman.

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/v/SZQr95DLj40" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/v/SZQr95DLj40</a>
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Re: Halloween 2019 Playlists
« Reply #18 on: October 31, 2019, 06:48:33 AM »
Well, you have to remember, I already have my own playlist. ;) Try listening to this:

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H__4F3t4IxE" target="_blank" class="new_win">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H__4F3t4IxE</a>

This is what I call spooky in the best sense possible. This is Halloween music to me.

I see what you mean!

Frankel was a fine composer of symphonies and I think that this is an excellent score:
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« Reply #19 on: October 31, 2019, 07:12:27 AM »


BTW which version of Night on the Bald Mountain is the most ghoulish ?

My favorites are Reiner/Chicago (really fast!) and Rostropovich/Paris (not as well played as the first but really menacing)
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