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Passmore's Picks: Happy Halloween!

This month's Picks are a mix of Halloween classics (that you might or might not know by name) and some other creepy pieces that I've encountered over the years. They're not in any particular order except for the last one, Luciano Berio's Visage. That piece absolutely makes my skin crawl. Don't listen to it alone/in the dark! Track listing is here, but link to the playlist itself is at the bottom...


First up, an essential set of symphonic funeral marches...

- Beethoven, Funeral March from the Eroica Symphony, Pittsburgh/Honeck

- Mahler, Funeral March from Symphony No. 1, Berlin/Abbado

- Mahler, Totenfeier, Concertgebouw/Chailly

- Mahler, Funeral March from Symphony No. 5, Vienna/Bernstein


Next, for all of us that grew up watching Disney's Fantasia...

- Dukas, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Berlin/Levine

- Mussorgsky/Rimsky-Korsakov, Night on Bald Mountain, Chicago/Reiner

- Bach/Stokowski, Toccata and Fugue in D minor, Symphonica/Stokowski


Stuff you've definitely heard in movies and TV...

- Gounod, Funeral March of a Marionette, Cincinnati Pops/Kunzel

- Saint-Saens, Danse macabre, Philadelphia/Ormandy


Famous uses of the Dies irae...

- Berlioz, "Dream of a Witches' Sabbath" from Symphonie Fantastique, Orchestre de Paris/Munch

- Liszt, Totentanz, Chicago/Janis/Reiner

- Rachmaninoff, Isle of the Dead, St. Petersburg/Jansons


Hands-down, the most unsettling thing I've ever heard in my life...

- Berio, Visage, featuring Cathy Berberian


For those of you keeping score, that's 13 pieces :) What's your favorite Halloween music? Leave it in the comments. Happy Halloween, everyone!






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