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Top 8 scary sheet music for Halloween

October 20th, 2020

The scariest time of the year is coming! To celebrate Halloween, we have gathered a selection of our 8 favorite classical pieces to listen to in this spooky season.

But of course, Newzik is all about playing, not just listening. This is why we've included free sheet music for each of these pieces that you can download directly into your Newzik library. If you're not a subscriber yet, download Newzik for free to recover these parts!

#8 – “Toccata and Fugue in D minor” – Johann Sebastian Bach

The Toccata and Fugue in D minor is a piece of organ music written by Johann Sebastian Bach. The piece opens with a toccata section, followed by a fugue that ends in a coda. The piece rose to fame and became one of the most famous work in the organ repertoire in the late 20th century due to its inclusion in Walt Disney’s Fantasia, among other things.

We have selected several versions of this piece for you:

#7 – “Funeral March” – Frederic Chopin, extract from “Sonata no.2 in Bb minor”

The Funeral March is the third movement of the Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35, a four movements piano sonata written by Polish composer Frédéric Chopin. Even though the sonata as a whole gained instant popularity and became a very popular piece, the Marche Funèbre is recognized as one of Chopin’s most popular compositions.

Here is a nice piano part for you if you want to tackle this iconic piece.

#6 – “In The Hall Of The Mountain King” – Edvard Grieg, extract from “Peer Gynt”

“In the Hall of the Mountain King” is a Norwegian piece of orchestral music composed by Edvard Grieg. It isd part of the play Peer Gynt and originally called “I Dovregubbens hall”. In the play, Dovregubben is a troll king that Peer Gynt invents in a fantasy. Its easily recognizable theme has helped it attain iconic status in popular culture, especially for Halloween productions.

For this one, we chose two arrangements: one for brass quintet, and one for six cellos!

#5 – “Danse Macabre” – Camille Saint-Saëns

This is definitely one of our favorite classical music pieces to celebrate the dead. Known as one of the most famous Halloween theme songs, “Danse Macabre” was written by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns. The piece was originally an art song for voice and piano with a French text by the poet Henri Cazalis, the voice part was later replaced by the solo violin (or cello) part. The piece was inspired by an old French superstition stating that Death appears at midnight every year on Halloween summoning the dead from their graves to dance for him.

Download the arrangement you prefer and challenge yourself with this demanding piece!

#4 – “Erlkönig” – Franz Schubert

Franz Schubert composed his musical version of “Erlkönig” for solo voice and piano, setting text from Goethe’s poem portraying the death of a child assailed by a supernatural creature, the Erlkönig, translated as “Elf King”. Schubert’s version is very special as the four characters in the song are all sung by a single vocalist pushing most singers endeavor to use a different vocal coloration for each part.

Download the arrangement you prefer and challenge yourself with this demanding piece!

#3 – “Dies Irae” – Giuseppe Verdi, extract from “Requiem”

“Dies Irae” is part of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem composed in memory of Alessandro Manzoni, an Italian poet and novelist whom Verdi admired. The extract is based on a latin sequence and poem describing the Last Judgment, where the saved will be delivered and the unsaved cast into eternal flames.

Here are two arrangements of this piece for you:

#2 – “Night On The Bare Mountain” – Modest Mussorgsky

“Night on the Bald Mountain” also known as “Night on the Bare Mountain”, is a series of compositions by Modest Mussorgsky inspired by Russian tales and legends. It was said that, originally, those pieces were set to be part of two operas (St John’s Eve and later The Witch) as Mussorgsky was commissioned to compose the theme of a witches’ sabbath occurring on St. John’s Eve.

Here is a full orchestral arrangement to challenge you and your friends and nail this year's Halloween concert on Zoom!

#1 – “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” – Paul Dukas

Beware: this melody will haunt you for a very, very long time. At least that's the case for me… “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” is a symphonic poem by French composer Paul Dukas based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s poem of the same name. By far the most performed and recorded of Dukas’s works, its notable appearance in Walt Disney’s Fantasia has led to the piece becoming widely known to broader audiences.

Here is a full orchestral arrangement to challenge you and your friends and nail this year's Halloween concert on Zoom! On the off-chance that you won't have an orchestra available to you right now, take a look at this nice arrangement for two pianos.

We hope you liked this top 8, and that you will have a great time practicing these tunes. Happy Halloween!

Disclaimer: all the scores provided in this article were found online and all listed as either Public Domain or Creative Commons and encouraged to be shared freely by their creators. If you want to learn more about the best online sources for legally getting sheet music, go ahead and read this article. Also, if despite our best effort to respect the will of the original creators, you are one of these creators and disagree with our use of your work, please contact us.


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