13 Days of Relatively Unknown Halloween Music

Pupmpkin Ensemble2A few holiday seasons ago, I posted a list of unknown Christmas pieces. (You can prepare for your holiday listening here, if so inclined). But for those still in the holiday of the moment, here are 13 deserving selections for Halloween that are not often played. In some cases of longer works with multiple movements, I have included a video link to only one movement. But be sure to check out the entire work. Happy Haunted Listening!

  1. Luigi Boccherini: La Casa del Diavolo: Symphony No. 6 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cjmFbQnsmc
  1. Aram Khatchaturian: Waltz from Masquerade Suite https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rRCDjTgdaY
  1. Franz Liszt: A Faust Symphony https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWG-J1VHtNE
  1. Dead Can Dance: Stretched on Your Grave https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2RNLn4EfMI
  1. Cesar Franck: Le Chasseur Maudit (The Accursed Huntsman) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FOijcEclw4
  1. George Chadwick: Tam O’Shanter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETtk8DjDvEQ
  1. Bing Crosby: The Headless Horseman (Disney, 1949) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysNSKrH8hHo
  1. George Rochberg: Night Music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoQ9HiK_SNg
  1. John Corigliano: Three Hallucinations from Altered States https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHvYUkNAXSs
  1. George Crumb: Black Angels https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sffh9spQopA
  1. Michael Daugherty: Viola Zombie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KXBT6N06FQ
  1. Claude Debussy: La Chute de la Maison Usher (Fall of the House of Usher-Unfinished Opera) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Gq_jGP-vmk
  1. Bernard Herrmann: The Devil and Daniel Webster Concert Suite from the Film. (Herrmann utilized traditional folk music for this score including, “Devil’s Dream”, “Springfield Mountain”, and a diabolical version of “Pop Goes The Weasel” all twisted into something not quite right). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SB9K7gHoBIg

2015, Before the Downbeat

Artwork Credit: Leah Renaldo

2 thoughts on “13 Days of Relatively Unknown Halloween Music

  1. Thank you so much for compiling this. I had never heard a live orchestra until a few years ago. When I did I was completely enchanted. I am now exploring the amazing world of classical music, and it is so helpful to find guidance like this list from wonderful people like yourself with more knowledge and experience on the subject.

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