5 Classical Music Compositions for Your Halloween Party Playlist

October 25, 2016

THE CLASSIC

1. J. S. Bach - Toccata and Fugue in D Minor

You know the tune. No Halloween is complete without hearing this classic. It appeared in the horror films The Black Cat and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and has been featured in Dr. Who.

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2. André Caplet - The Masque of the Red Death

Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Mask of the Red Death,” Caplet will turn your perception of “harp” music on edge. In the original tale, a prince holds a lavish masked ball, where he confronts a mysterious figure wearing a ghoulish mask and bloodstained robe. When the prince falls dead, his other guests forcibly remove the mask to reveal no solid form underneath: it is the spirit of the Red Death plague. Guess what happens next? Not pretty.

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3. György Ligeti - Requiem

If your Halloween fete is going extraterrestrial this year, Ligeti's “Requiem” is an absolute must. If it was good enough to make the score of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, it will be perfect for yours.

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4. Franz Liszt – Totentanz (Dance of the Dead)

If you just realized your studio can’t possibly accommodate the number of guests who have RSVP’d, try programming the opening bars of Liszt’s “Totentanz”into your door bell. The faint of heart will head for the hills.

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5. Heindrich August Marschner - Der Vampyr

Halloween themes can get old, but vampires never do. The world has been fascinated by vampires long before Bella and Edward, so there’s no reason the perennial favorite can’t help make your party a stand out. Marschner's grand opera Der Vampyr (1828) finds Lord Ruthven Earl of Marsden, a newly created vampire, asking the Vampire Master for another year on earth before being dragged into hell for eternity. This he is granted, provided he can sacrifice three young ladies by the following midnight.