August 12, 2022

A Perilous Playlist of the Most Macabre Music

Looking for some frightening noises to scare the ghosts and goblins who come to your door Halloween night? KUSC has a treat for you: a risky playlist of the most macabre music, personally selected by KUSC staffers and hosts, to haunt your dreams and horrify trick-or-treaters big and little.

A Perilous Playlist Of The Most Macabre Music

John Van Driel

A Perilous Playlist Of The Most Macabre Music

Dianne Nicolini

A Perilous Playlist Of The Most Macabre Music

The Funeral March from Chopins Sonata in b small is timeless frightening soundtrack music.

A Perilous Playlist Of The Most Macabre Music

Jennifer Miller

A Perilous Playlist Of The Most Macabre Music

I like Prokofievs Scythian Suite, particularly the opening and likewise “The Evil God and the Dance of the Pagan Monsters”.

A Perilous Playlist Of The Most Macabre Music

This delightfully creepy “Glorification of Death” from Sofia Gubaidulinas Canticle of the Sun.

A Perilous Playlist Of The Most Macabre Music

Jeffrey Freymann

When I first carried out Osvaldo Golijovs Ainadamar at Long Beach Opera, I used to hear the opening prologue and chorus in my sleep. I have actually picked it for both its incessant rhythms and the spooky chords and singing line.

Brian Lauritzen

This one is similarly sad and scary, mostly for the bridge “Dont you hear your fan moan. “Black Swan” from Menottis The Medium.

The Dies Irae from Verdis Requiem. This representation of the Day of Death will scare the Hell (seriously) out of anybody.

Diablo 3 is a frightening computer game made freakier by its standout number, “And the Heavens Shall Tremble,” made up by Russell Brower.

Not to point out almost any “Dies Irae” from a Requiem Mass is going to be frightening, as well it must be given that its portraying the Last Judgement or “Day of Wrath”! We already have Verdis on the list but we need Mozarts too!

Hector Berlioz– Symphonie Fantastique

This list isnt complete without Berliozs “Dream of a Witches Sabbath” from Symphonie Fantastique, total with Dies Irae and tolling bells! Simply check out the description Berlioz himself composed for this area.

” He sees himself at a Witches Sabbath, in the midst of a horrible gathering of ghosts, sorcerers, and beasts of every kind who have actually come together for his funeral service. The cherished melody appears once more, but has actually now lost its honorable and shy character; it is now no more than a vulgar dance tune, minor and monstrous. There is a roar of pleasure at her arrival” … check out the rest, if you attempt.

Anna Gandolfi, KUSC Intern

John Williams– Jaws: Shark Theme

The primary theme for the soundtrack is comprised of just 2 notes, and yet John Williams managed to create out of that an unforgettable atmosphere of impending doom. Williams discusses “I just started playing around with simple motifs that might be distributed in the orchestra, then settled on what I believed was the most effective thing, which is to state the easiest.

Sergei Rachmaninov– The Isle of the Dead

When Rachmaninov initially saw Arnold Böcklins popular painting, The Isle of the Dead, he was so haunted by this strange image that he right away started to compose this tone poem. This powerful score transfers us to a lonely and desolate island at the edge of the underworld.

John Williams– Dracula

Heres a scene from John Badhams Dracula starring Frank Langella as the Count.

Based Upon Bram Stokers 1897 Gothic novel, the plot of John Badhams 1979 movie version discovers Count Dracula getting here from Transylvania during a rainy night in 1913. His ship has run aground, so he descends upon a girl at a clifftop mansion, intending to drink her blood and kill her (as one does.) The John Williams rating underlines our sense of intrigue, scary, and thriller, yet at times tips at the seductive powers of the vampire, played by Frank Langella.

Franz Liszt– Totentanz

Liszt wrote lots of fantastic spiritual works, he also had a style for the macabre. He even wrote a Danse Macabre. Heres one of his numerous frightening works for piano.

Maurice Jarre– Theme from the soundtrack to Ghost

The usage of the Righteous Brothers blockbuster “Unchained Melody” may be the most unforgettable usage of music in Jerry Zuckers 1990 blockbuster, underscoring the most sensual ceramics session in movie history. Maurice Jarres soundtrack is considered one of his greatest, making its composer an Oscar election. The spooky score may simply offer you goosebumps.

Classical KUSC, located in the USC building in downtown Los Angeles, broadcasts hand-picked commercial-free classical efficiencies, skilled music commentary and protection of the arts in Southern California.

KUSC Staff

Classical KUSC, situated in the USC structure in downtown Los Angeles, broadcasts hand-picked commercial-free classical performances, skilled music commentary and coverage of the arts in Southern California. The listener-supported station has actually been broadcasting for more than 60 years as a broadcast service of the University of Southern California at 91.5(FM) in Los Angeles and Santa Clarita, 88.5 KPSC in Palm Springs, 91.1 KDSC in Thousand Oaks, 93.7 KDB in Santa Barbara and 99.7 KESC in Morro Bay/San Luis Obispo. It is live-streamed at kusc.org, bring in listeners from around the world.

Looking for some scary sounds to scare the goblins and ghosts who come to your door Halloween night? KUSC has a reward for you: a treacherous playlist of the most macabre music, personally selected by KUSC hosts and staffers, to haunt your dreams and horrify trick-or-treaters small and big. The main theme for the soundtrack is made up of just 2 notes, and yet John Williams managed to develop out of that a memorable atmosphere of impending doom. The John Williams rating highlights our sense of thriller, intrigue, and horror, yet at times tips at the seductive powers of the vampire, played by Frank Langella.