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I know Halloween isn’t until next month, but, hell, let’s have some fun anyway! ;D I’ll think of my own list later.

Brian:
Bartók - The Miraculous Mandarin
Dvorak - The Noon-Day Witch
Kabelac - The Mystery of Time
Poulenc - Organ Concerto
Shostakovich - Symphony No. 11
Walton - Symphony No. 2

And then probably a bunch of stuff by Ligeti and people like that. Gotta think about this prompt more, it's fun!

Plus of course the first 20 seconds of RVW "The Wasps"!!

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--- Quote from: Brian on September 07, 2021, 05:30:17 PM ---Bartók - The Miraculous Mandarin
Dvorak - The Noon-Day Witch
Kabelac - The Mystery of Time
Poulenc - Organ Concerto
Shostakovich - Symphony No. 11
Walton - Symphony No. 2

And then probably a bunch of stuff by Ligeti and people like that. Gotta think about this prompt more, it's fun!

Plus of course the first 20 seconds of RVW "The Wasps"!!

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8) If we can’t have fun with these lists, then there’s little point. I’m sure something from Ligeti will be on my list as well. I’m also trying to make my list distinctive on its own and different from Cesar’s “Top 10 Favorite Darks Works”.

T. D.:

Kabeláč: Symphony #8 Antiphons
B. A. Zimmermann: Requiem für einen jungen Dichter (much of the creepiness stems from it being essentially the valedictory statement of a suicide)
Janáček, finale of The Makropoulos Case, though IMO it requires the visual of the perpetual youth parchment being burned
Poulenc, finale of Dialogues des Carmélites, when you hear the sound of the guillotine blade repeatedly dropping
Berg: Wozzeck, maybe not start to finish, but many passages are memorably scary and/or creepy
Berg: Lulu, again not start to finish, but I find passages like Du hast ein halbe Million geheiratet! amply creepy
Britten: Death in Venice - live productions I saw were so creepy (playing up the psychosexual angles) that they put me off recordings
Richard Rodney Bennett: The Mines of Sulphur - I saw this obscure Poe-like opera live, and it's both scary and creepy
Busoni: Doktor Faust - I dig weird quirky works, going with this over better-known Faust compositions
Bartók: Duke Bluebeard's Castle

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--- Quote from: T. D. on September 07, 2021, 06:04:57 PM ---For sure:

Kabeláč: Symphony #8 Antiphons
B. A. Zimmermann: Requiem für einen jungen Dichter (much of the creepiness stems from it being essentially the valedictory statement of a suicide)

Will edit to add any more I can think of.

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8) I’ll have to check out the Zimmermann work. He’s certainly an interesting composer. I’ve heard the Kabeláč work, but a revisit wouldn’t hurt.

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