Hey music library readers! Are you going to spend tonight trick-or-treating or pranking suburban dads? Or will you spend it like our esteemed leader, Sam, indoors hiding from the debauchery? If you’re going with the last option (nothing wrong with that), might as well have some spoOoOoOoky classical music to play, just to keep in that holiday spirit! (what’s the point of this holiday, anyway?)
Well looky here, what’s this? A compilation of all the scariest classical music you’ve ever imagined? Right here? In the Music Library? What a shock! Known as “Fright Night,” and subtitled “Music That Goes Bump in the Night,” this CD has spent centuries as a dark rumor passed around occult souvenir shops and witches’ fires. Through some kind of Faustian bargain, I must guess, we now have one of six hundred and sixty-six copies (that’s 666, everyone) sitting in our shelves.
This demonic CD boasts a great selection of dark & creepy classical pieces, such as Modest Mussorgsky’s “Night On Bald Mountain” (originally from his “Pictures at an Exhibition), known as the song from the Fantasia scene where giant ghouls descend from the mountain onto the small town below. Other highlights include Dukas’ ”The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” (also of Fantasia fame) and of course Grieg’s “In the Hall of the Mountain King.” Berlioz’s “March to the Scaffold” is here. Bach’s “Toccata in D minor” is here (the creepy lightning-flash haunted castle organ music). Even Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” makes an appearance (is that one scary? not so sure…).
I can see why this CD is the stuff of legend. Even looking at its track list makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. It’s the perfect pick for a paranoid Halloween night at home, so come grab it before we close!
Here’s the link: http://catalog.wrlc.org/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?BBID=400046