by Hailie Rydel
I am a self-proclaimed music connoisseur. My tastes range from opera pieces, to heavy riffs of metal, to the zesty beats of rap. I have accumulated a vast knowledge of different music over the years.
I started playing Guitar Hero at the age of 5 and fell in love with all forms of rock music (thanks, Ma). My mother used to put me to sleep playing a mix of Nirvana and Mozart records. At a young age I was constantly exposed to music.
I began playing the violin at age 9, thus beginning my love and immense appreciation for classical music. I listened up on masterworks, the greatest of musical composers, and I could sit and talk Shostakovich’s piano brilliance and Paganini’s innovative violin playing for hours.
As the years have gone by, I have listened to every genre of music, and I continue to grow my musical knowledge. Have I heard of that band? Probably. Without further ado, I bring you my wide range of spooky musical pieces.
The concept of evil sounding music dates back to the earliest of musical genres. It makes its first appearance in classical music. Some notoriously evil pieces include: Orff’s “Carmina Burana.” This piece is often set in the background of popular movies and TV shows. A vast majority of people would more than likely recognize it’s haunting sound.
Saint-Sean’s “Danse Macabre,” literally translates to “dance of death” and dates back to the 1800’s. This piece is written in G minor which makes for an extra spooky sounding ambiance.
Modern scary music is heavily influenced by classical works. A vast majority of modern eerie music has come from movie scores. One of the most popular examples is Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare before Christmas” and John Carpenter’s “Halloween Theme.” “This is Halloween,” composed by Danny Elfman, has been a must have for any spooky occasions. Carpenter’s “Halloween Theme” has become an iconic tune that can put anyone on edge.
Scary music ranges from classical masterworks to modern rock bands. I have compiled a well rounded playlist including the evil sounding works of Beethoven, the eerie soundtracks of popular movies and scary riffs of rock bands. Happy spooking.