Top 8 free spooky sheet music for Halloween
We gathered our 8 favorite spooky classical music pieces for Halloween, and we even included free sheet music that you can directly import into your Newzik account!
If you’re already a Newzik subscriber, go to the bottom of this page to directly import the entire Setlist we prepared for you! It’s filled with haunting tunes for this spooky season, and will nudge you into practicing your instrument instead of eating candies! (Ok maybe not, but at least you can do both at the same time …).
For all our free users, go ahead and choose the pieces you want to import from the list below.
And now, let’s go for our top 8 classical music pieces to celebrate Halloween!
8 — “Toccata and Fugue in D minor” by 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 selected several versions of this piece for you!
— Piano & Cello (1 part)
— Piano Solo (1 part)
— String Quintet arrangement (5 parts + full score).
For this last one, you can also choose to import only the parts you want :
— Full score
— Violin 1
— Violin 2
— Double Bass
7 — “Funeral March” by Frédéric Chopin, extract from his 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” from Peer Gynt, by Edvard Grieg
“In the Hall of the Mountain King” is a Norwegian piece of orchestral music composed by Edvard Grieg 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. First, here is a full brass quintet arrangement (5 parts + full score). You can also select some of the parts only if you prefer:
— Full score
— Trumpet in Bb 1
— Trumpet in Bb 2
— Horn in F
Second, we loved the cover version the band Apocalyptica made of this piece, so we found a nice arrangement for 6 cellos ! Import the entire arrangement (6 parts + full score) or choose only some of the parts:
— Full Score
— Cello 1
— Cello 2
— Cello 3
— Cello 4
— Cello 5
— Cello 6
5 — “Danse Macabre” by 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.
You can choose between:
— The full cello part on its own. (1 part)
— An arrangement for cello and piano. (1 part)
— This piece is often played by two pianists at a time, so here is a 4-hand piano version as well! (1 part)
4 — “Erlkönig” by 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.
3 — “Dies Irae” (extract from the Requiem) by Giuseppe Verdi
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.
2 — “Night On The Bare Mountain” by Modest Mussorgsky
Night on 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.
We have selected for you a full orchestral arrangement of this classic Russian piece (27 parts + the full score). Since its a lot of content, you will need to subscribe to Newzik Premium to import it in the app, but it’s definitely worth it!
1 — “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” by Paul Dukas
Beware: this one will stick in your head for a long time. At least it did for us. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is a symphonic poem by the 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.
You will also need to become a premium Newizician to enjoy this full orchestral version (31 parts + full score), if that’s not already the case.
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Don’t hesitate to tell us in the comments about your personal favorite pieces for the Halloween season, we’d love to discover some new one!
Important note : If you’re not a Premium member yet, know that you will need to subscribe after you import this Setlist, since it contains much more files than your 15-file import limit as a free user).
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