Classical Music 101: Horror and Suspense

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Popular classical music used in horror and suspense films. Thirty to sixty second clips of 12 popular classical selections.

Song List
1. "Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565" by J.S. Bach.
Movies
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Fantasia
GremlinsII
Rollerball
Sour Grapes
2000 Leagues Under the Sea

2. Mozart's Requiem in D Minor, K626, Dies Irae
Movies
Amadeus
The Big Lebowski

3. Verdi's Requiem, Dies Irae
4. Carl Orff's "O Fortuna" in Carmina Burana.
Movies
The Doors
Excalibur
Natural Born Killers
5. Mussorgsky's Night on the Bald Mountain
Movies: Asylum
6. Grieg In the Hall of the Mountain King
Mood: Sneaking Around and Stalking

This well-known piece has seen extensive use in movies and commercials, usually in accordance with an ominous event. In the Hall of the Mountain King was famously used in the 1931 film M, in which Peter Lorre's character whistles it. The song also appears during the teaser trailer of Tim Burton's Corpse Bride, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Funny Games, Bride Wars and Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian. It is also played over the end credits of the Woody Allen film Scoop.
7. PROMETHEUS by Alexander Scriabin
8. LA MER (The Sea) by Claude Debussy, 'Dialogue du vent et de la mer' (Dialogue of the Wind and the Sea)
9. THE MIRACULOUS MANDARIN by Bela Bartok, perhaps one of the most truly terrifying works in the classical repertoire. With shrieking strings, extended trombone glissandi and a chilling wordless chorus.
10. 'Mars, the Bringer of War' from THE PLANETS by Gustav Holst
11. FESTE ROMANE (Roman Festivals) by Ottorino Respighi
12. Gnomus by Mussorgsky from Pictures at an Exhibition
Category
Suspense
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