Richard Nisley

Something Wicked This Way Comes
Music - Classical Released - Oct 27, 2013

Tired of the same old Halloween tunes? You know the songs: “The Monster Mash,” “I’ve put a spell on you,” “Witchy Woman” and the like. Tame.

You want scary? You want goosebumps? Try these musical treats.

“Toccata and Fugue” by J.S. Bach--Organ music that will fill you with images of Transylvania castles, Bela Lugosi’s chilling smile and YOU as the night’s entertainment.

“Danse Macabre” by Camille Saint-Saens--Music to make skeletons dance--and your skin to crawl.

“Night on Bald Mountain” by Modest Mussorgsky-- "Double, double toil and trouble . . . by the pricking of my thumb, something wicked this way comes.” That something is the mountain above town morphing into the devil.

“Witch’s Ride” by Englebert Humperdinck--Think of the wicked witch from the Wizard of Oz writing these words in the sky: “Surrender (your name here).”

“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” by Paul Dukas--Oh, the horror when you realize the masks of ghosts and goblins worn by trick-or-treaters are not really masks at all.

“Funeral March of a Marionette” by Charles Gounod--Listen for “the gentle tapping, tapping, the persistent rapping, rapping at your chamber door,” and tell yourself: “‘Tis the wind, and nothing more.”

“March to the Scaffold” from Symphonie Fantastique, by Hector Berlioz--Think “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and the realization that it “tolls for thee.”

“Halloween” by Charles Ives--Think of graveyards and corpses rising from the ground.

“Ride of the Valkyries” from Die Walkure, by Richard Wagner--You wonder why so many blackbirds are gathering in your yard until you remember that this is exactly what happened in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds” before their relentless attacks began.

“In the Hall of the Mountain King” by Edvard Grieg--Think of things that go bump in the night and the realization that it’s not a dream.

Happy Halloween,
(with apologies to William Shakespeare, Edgar Alan Poe, and John Donne)

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