The best parts about Halloween are the creepy decorations, festive parties, and creative costumes! But, when it comes to choosing something fun to play for Halloween, it may be a bit challenging to come up with a good playlist. Here are a few of my favorites:
Danse Macabre - by Camille Saint-Saëns’ in 1874
This music is based on a French legend about death appearing every Halloween at midnight. The violinist lures skeletons from their graves as they dance until dawn. I love this arrangement played by violinist virtuoso Chloe Trevor (below).
A Night on Bald Mountain – by Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky in 1867
This piece was originally inspired by a short story about a peasant witnessing a witches’ Sabbath on Bald Mountain new Kiev on St. John’s Eve (June solstice). Rimsky-Korsakov later revised this piece and was used in the soundtrack for Disney’s Fantasia. Listen below.
Toccata & Fugue in D Minor – by J.S. Bach in early 1700s
This masterpiece has been used in classic horror films like The Black Cat and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dr. Who, and Fantasia. Vanessa Mae plays an impressive electric violin arrangement (below).
This is Halloween - by Danny Elfman in 1993
This song is from the film, The Nightmare before Christmas. The haunting tune has also been featured in both HalloWishes at the Magic Kingdom and at Disneyland’s Halloween Screams.
Addams Family theme song – by Vic Mizzy in 1964
Couldn’t resist adding this one to the list. The Addams Family was a delightful and quirky show about a family of misfits based on the characters from Charles Addams' New Yorker cartoons.
What are your Halloween favorites? I would love to know! Just click on ‘Comments’ at the end of this blog. Wishing you a scary Halloween! Suzy, Vogue Violin www.vogueviolin.com
Suzy, founder of Vogue Violin and accomplished violinist.