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PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 4:03 am 
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I am putting together a concert for Halloween featuring supernatural and ghostly pieces.
So far I have the three Bolcom Ghost Rags, the Prokofieff Suggestion Diabolique Op4 No.4 and a couple of selections from the Harry Potter movie score by John Williams. I'm looking for another moderate length piece, or a set of 2-3 short pieces which balance these - something less intense and more melodic, romantic or impressionist. Definitely not the Liszt Mephisto-Waltz. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Piece need only suggest the supernatural, need not have been written with that in mind.
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 Post subject: Re: Halloween concert repertoire
PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 4:43 am 
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How about MacDowell's Witch’s Dance Op.17/2 (about 3 minutes)?
Schubert's lied The Erl-King?

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 Post subject: Re: Halloween concert repertoire
PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 7:09 am 
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The Headless Horseman by William Grant Still is an excellent piece.
Or Liszt Czardas Macabre. Can't think of any others right now.

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 Post subject: Re: Halloween concert repertoire
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Grieg's Elfin Dance. Sorry, I don't have the opus number in front of me right now.

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 Post subject: Re: Halloween concert repertoire
PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 1:23 pm 
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Bleh, elfins on Halloween.... What is the world coming to ?

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 Post subject: Re: Halloween concert repertoire
PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 2:02 pm 
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You guys are great! I bet that among your suggestions I will find a program that works.
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 Post subject: Re: Halloween concert repertoire
PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 2:12 pm 
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techneut wrote:
Bleh, elfins on Halloween.... What is the world coming to ?


Oh you...
Better watch it or I'll sic my elfins on you! :P

Just thought of another one, but maybe it's too late: Godowsky - Triakontameron no. 5 "Twilight Phantasms"

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 Post subject: Re: Halloween concert repertoire
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pianolady wrote:
Better watch it or I'll sic my elfins on you! :P

I am really scared out of my wits now :P

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 Post subject: Re: Halloween concert repertoire
PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 8:34 pm 
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:lol: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Halloween concert repertoire
PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2011 1:54 am 
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Maybe not quite what you're looking for, but a few suggestions off the top of my head:

Tausig Ghost Ship Ballade (not as hard as it sounds)
Alkan Les Diablotins (no. 45 of the Esquisses); Song of the Madwoman on the seashore (La Chanson de folle au bord de la mer)

Will see if I can think of anything else.


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 Post subject: Re: Halloween concert repertoire
PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 4:14 pm 
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Hello,

how about some transcription on Saint-Saens Danse Macabre?

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 Post subject: Re: Halloween concert repertoire
PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 7:40 pm 
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I decided to arrange some of the John Williams film scores from Harry Potter movies and have added other instruments to the concert (cello, bass, percussion).
So I'm all set now.
Thanks for all the suggestions.
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 Post subject: Re: Halloween concert repertoire
PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 7:36 pm 
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It's gonna be real scaaary! :twisted:

Chopin Sonata No. 2, 4th mvt.
Liszt Funerailles
Ligeti Etude, Op. 1, No. 6, "Autumn in Warsaw"
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition, "Night On Bald Mountain"
Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody, No. 17
Scriabin Sonata No. 9
Scriabin Prelude Op. 67, No. 1
Stockhausen's music
Prokofviev Op. 2, No. 3
Liszt Totentanz
Chopin Prelude No. 16

Background orchestral:
Rachmaninov Isle of the Dead
Rachmaninov The Bells
Bach Toccata and Fugue in D minor - Hollywood cliche, but public appeal!

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 Post subject: Re: Halloween concert repertoire
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Oou! Isn't the Scriabin 9 the "Black Mass" Sonata? :shock: That's too much for me. It reminds me of a stupid class I once took in which the prof played a recording of an actual black mass (from the Chrurch of Satan). Very bad stuff!

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 Post subject: Re: Halloween concert repertoire
PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2011 1:34 am 
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I thought about publicity and audience appeal, which is the reason behind the Harry Potter arrangements.
I even watched the first movie today to see the vcountermelodies Williams uses with his main theme (Hedwig's Theme).
For the past several years, I've performed works for piano and narrator, a couple are available on this site and I may upload some more.
Last year I recorded a CD of lessor known such works including a new one written for me.
(Available on CD Baby with the title Crocodiles and Other Tales.)

So I'm thinking of adding narration to the entire concert, with appropriate readings from Harry Potter or other sources.
I've found this makes our concerts more accessible, especially to younger audiences.

I plan to listen to some of your suggestions, thanks all.


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