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Dark pieces suggestions...

Postby violinist4ever » Mon Mar 26, 2007 2:05 pm

Hey everyone! I have a question... Can you give me suggestions for dark pieces?? Along the lines of Rachmaninoff's prelude in C# minor.... but can be anything "dark" or eerie. thanks! :)
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Postby Shapley » Mon Mar 26, 2007 2:25 pm

Are you looking for solo pieces, or just 'eerie' compositions?

Saint-Saens Dance Macabre should qualify, as should a number of pieces by Liszt - Mephisto Waltz, Totentanz, etc.

There are a number of choral works that could qualify - try something from Verdi's Requiem Mass

For solo violin, there are some pieces from Williams soundtrack to Schindler's List that might fit the bill.

Of course, for pure eerieness, it's hard to beat Berlioz March to the Gallows from the Symphony Fantastique!

That would at least be good place to start.
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Postby Catmando » Mon Mar 26, 2007 2:26 pm

Chopin - Piano Sonata No. 2 "Marche funebre", 3rd movement.

Shostakovich - Symphony No. 8, and some of his String Quartets.

Bartok - Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta.
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Postby Catmando » Mon Mar 26, 2007 2:31 pm

Ligeti - Musica Recercata II - Mesto, Rigido E Cerimoniale

Very eerie! :twisted:
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Postby Catmando » Mon Mar 26, 2007 2:32 pm

Wendy Carlos' music for The Shining
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Postby Catmando » Mon Mar 26, 2007 2:33 pm

Jerry Goldsmith's music for The Omen soundtrack, particularly the main theme.
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Postby Catmando » Mon Mar 26, 2007 2:34 pm

Anything by Danny Elfman or George Gershwin :P
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Postby hal 9000 » Mon Mar 26, 2007 2:53 pm

Shapley mentioned Berlioz' "March to the Scaffold" from Symphonie fantastique above. The movement after that is the one that is truly the darkest to me however, the 5th movement "Dream of a Witches Sabbath"

Other dark compositions?

Tocatta and Fugue in D minor, J.S. Bach
Night on Bald Mountain, Modeste Mussorgsky
Die Erlkonig, Franz Schubert
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Postby jamiebk » Mon Mar 26, 2007 3:43 pm

Here is a whole bunch (at least according to Amazon)

http://www.amazon.com/Classical-music-f ... 4COYY38MXM
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Postby analog » Mon Mar 26, 2007 5:03 pm

Anything dark, eh?

"Paint it Black"
London Symphony's rendition starts with violin solo, one minute sample at :
track 2 on CD .... Symphonic Music of the Rolling Stones"; http://www.amazon.com/Symphonic-Music-R ... B000003FOM

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Postby bignaf » Mon Mar 26, 2007 9:07 pm

most of George Crumb.
examples:
Black Angels for string quartet
songs, drones and refrains of death
parts of the Macrokosmos
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Postby Selma in Sandy Eggo » Mon Mar 26, 2007 10:38 pm

For sheer unmitigated horror, there is nothing so awful as a choir of student flute players. Even if my kid is one of the choir.

Trust me on this. Ten student flautists, playing the same note, can have eleven or twelve pitches, all very close and none of them matching. Don't ask me how they do it. It's hideous. And you have to smile and applaud.
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Postby Trumpetmaster » Tue Mar 27, 2007 5:15 am

Dies Irae from the Verdi Requiem!
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Postby bignaf » Tue Mar 27, 2007 3:11 pm

I'd think ten student violinists would be worse... or horn players...
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Postby dai bread » Tue Mar 27, 2007 9:46 pm

Gorecki's 3rd symphony.

Sibelius' Valse Triste.
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Postby violinist4ever » Wed Mar 28, 2007 8:11 am

those sound like excellent suggestions! I will look at them later today. Do you know of any pieces that are eerie/dark and atmospheric? I don't really want a melody or anything. I was looking at the Stir of Echoes soundtrack...Do you any of you have that??.... I listened to parts o it on Amazon, so I couldn't hear the entire track. Do you know if some of those are completely instrumental???? Thanks!
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Postby Shapley » Wed Mar 28, 2007 8:42 am

Nicole Marie often plays selections from a CD called Music for a darkened theater. It contains pieces by Danny Elfman.

I did a quick search for it on B & N, and didn't find the original, but did find this:

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Postby Catmando » Wed Mar 28, 2007 9:20 am

For dark pieces, chicken drumsticks are my favorite. :P
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Postby Trumpetmaster » Wed Mar 28, 2007 9:21 am

How about the theme music from the movie Batman!!!

That's pretty dark and evil sounding
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Postby treebeau » Wed Mar 28, 2007 9:45 am

"The Hebrides" Overture by Felix Mendelssohn !!
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