Scary Halloween Music

What was that “scary” Bach organ piece? This and other selections to set the mood for the coming week.

Johann Sebastian Bach. Toccata and Fugue in D Minor

CDc 9833 – Karl Richter, organ
CDc 8759 – Philharmonic Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski, conductor

Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Phantom of the Opera

CDc 2101 – Empire Brass
CDc 3117 – Peter Nero, piano; Columbus Symphony Orchestra

Léon Boëllmann: Suite Gothique

CDc 7863 – Simon Lindley, organ

Henri Mulet: Esquisses Byzantines. Tu es petra

CDc 7243 – Volker Ellenberger, organ

Louis Vierne: Pièces de Fantaisie. Toccata

CDc 7244 – Joseph Adam, organ



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2 responses to “Scary Halloween Music

  1. Eric Charnofsky

    I can see where music from “Phantom” is considered scary Halloween music by association, but why does the pipe organ in general represent “scary” music? What about orchestral pieces, like that Saint-Saens “Danse Macabre?” Or how about Berg’s opera “Wozzeck?” Now that’s scary stuff! It just seems like the pipe organ ends up being stereotyped too often as spooky.

  2. Excellent observation. Any other recommendations for ‘scary music” beyond organ repertoire?
    Submissions are welcome.

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