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Classical Music 101: Horror and Suspense

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Published on Jun 14, 2009

Popular classical music used in horror and suspense films. Thirty to sixty second clips of 12 popular classical selections.

Song List
1. "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565" by J.S. Bach.
Movies
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Fantasia
GremlinsII
Rollerball
Sour Grapes
2000 Leagues Under the Sea

2. Mozart's Requiem in D Minor, K626, Dies Irae
Movies
Amadeus
The Big Lebowski

3. Verdi's Requiem, Dies Irae
4. Carl Orff's "O Fortuna" in Carmina Burana.
Movies
The Doors
Excalibur
Natural Born Killers
5. Mussorgsky's Night on the Bald Mountain
Movies: Asylum
6. Grieg In the Hall of the Mountain King
Mood: Sneaking Around and Stalking

This well-known piece has seen extensive use in movies and commercials, usually in accordance with an ominous event. In the Hall of the Mountain King was famously used in the 1931 film M, in which Peter Lorre's character whistles it. The song also appears during the teaser trailer of Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Funny Games, Bride Wars and Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian. It is also played over the end credits of the Woody Allen film Scoop.
7. PROMETHEUS by Alexander Scriabin
8. LA MER (The Sea) by Claude Debussy, 'Dialogue du vent et de la mer' (Dialogue of the Wind and the Sea)
9. THE MIRACULOUS MANDARIN by Bela Bartok, perhaps one of the most truly terrifying works in the classical repertoire. With shrieking strings, extended trombone glissandi and a chilling wordless chorus.
10. 'Mars, the Bringer of War' from THE PLANETS by Gustav Holst
11. FESTE ROMANE (Roman Festivals) by Ottorino Respighi
12. Gnomus by Mussorgsky from Pictures at an Exhibition

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  • License

    • Standard YouTube License
  • Song

    • A Pipe Full
  • Artist

    • The Liddo Kiddos
  • Album

    • Halloween Sleepover Songs & Stories
  • Licensed by

    • CD Baby (on behalf of Piglet Records)
  • Song

    • Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi
  • Artist

    • Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Album

    • Carl Orff: Carmina Burana. Ilya Stupel
  • Licensed by

    • The Orchard Music (on behalf of Danacord Records); Rumblefish (Publishing), and 12 Music Rights Societies
  • Song

    • A Night on Bald Mountain
  • Artist

    • New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Dimitri Mitropoulos
  • Album

    • Famous Russian Music
  • Licensed by

    • SME (on behalf of Fono); IRICOM, Public Domain Compositions, and 3 Music Rights Societies
  • Song

    • La Mer, L 109
  • Artist

    • London Symphony Orchestra & Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos
  • Album

    • Debussy: La Mer; Nocturnes; Prelude a L'Apres-Midi d'une Faune
  • Licensed by

    • Koch Entertainment, The Orchard Music (on behalf of Musical Concepts), and 1 Music Rights Societies
  • Song

    • The Miraculous Mandarin - Suite Op. 19 (1979 Digital Remaster)
  • Artist

    • Eugene Ormandy/Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Album

    • Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphoses/Bartok: The Miraculous Mandar
  • Licensed by

    • WMG (on behalf of PLG UK Classics), and 5 Music Rights Societies
  • Song

    • The Planets, Op. 32: Mars, the Bringer of War (excerpt)
  • Artist

    • Royal Philharmonic Orchestra [Artist], Andre Previn [Artist]
  • Licensed by

    • UMG (on behalf of Telarc); Public Domain Compositions, and 1 Music Rights Societies

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