When I was an elementary school music teacher Halloween was a fabulous time to introduce students to some wonderful music. They loved it. It all begins with the way you approach and introduce it: interesting stories, detailed listening maps, instruments, drama, videos, etc. Once you create a bewitching atmosphere you have them hooked. What fun this was!
Here are a few of the musical pieces I used. I hope you enjoy them.
Camille Saint-Saëns – Danse Macabre
This dark little dance has everything required to give the listener the willies. The piece tells the story of Death (a violinist) making the dead rise from their graves on Halloween and dance to his sinister tune.
Modest Mussorgsky – A Night on the Bare Mountain/Night on Bald Mountain
Beginning life as a tone poem called St. John’s Night on the bare Mountain, Mussorgsky’s most famous work was made more famous when it was revised by Rimsky-Korsakov, and then included in the soundtrack from Disney’s Fantasia.
Paul Dukas – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Another classic thanks to the influence of Walt Disney, Dukas’ impish theme will forever be associated with images of Mickey Mouse attempting to chop up an army of possessed mops.