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By Alyssa CowellPreparing for Holiday Break

Every October I look forward to watching scary movies with my family – the campier the better. As any fan of horror films can attest to, a film’s soundtrack does a lot to build tension, forewarn the audience of danger, and generally adds to the more entertaining aspects of the movie experience. So, for this month’s blog I thought it would be fun to share a playlist of songs that fit in with mood of the season – eerie, atmospheric, and a bit unsettling. Some of the songs here are very recognizable; who can hear Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor without it evoking visions of classic movie monsters? Others are strangely beautiful with haunting combinations of intervals that make your hair stand on end. Enjoy!!!!

1. Toccata and Fugue in D minor – J.S. Bach

http://catoctin.naxosmusiclibrary.com/stream.asp?s=157805%2Ftcsmnmlpd2%2Fq92937%5F101
2. Symphony No. 4 in F minor: I.Allegro – Ralph Vaughan Williams http://catoctin.naxosmusiclibrary.com/stream.asp?s=157805%2Ftcsmnmlpd2%2F557276%5F01

3. Symphony No. 4 in F minor: II. Andante Moderato – Ralph Vaughan Williams

http://catoctin.naxosmusiclibrary.com/stream.asp?s=157805%2Ftcsmnmlpd2%2F557276%5F02
4. St. John’s Night on Bald Mountain – M. Mussorgsky

http://catoctin.naxosmusiclibrary.com/stream.asp?s=157805%2Ftcsmnmlpd2%2F555924%5F01

5. Lux Aeterna – Gyorgy Ligeti

http://catoctin.naxosmusiclibrary.com/stream.asp?s=157805%2Ftcsmnmlpd2%2Fqt1279%5F001
6. Carmina Burana: Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi: I. O Fortuna – Carl Orff

http://catoctin.naxosmusiclibrary.com/stream.asp?s=157805%2Ftcsmnmlpd2%2F271398%5F01
7. Angels and Visitations: Violin Concerto: I. Tranquillo – Einojuhani Rautavaara

http://catoctin.naxosmusiclibrary.com/stream.asp?s=157805%2Ftcsmnmlpd2%2Fq03442%5F101
8. Angels and Visitations: Violin Concerto: II. Energico – Einojuhani Rautavaara

http://catoctin.naxosmusiclibrary.com/stream.asp?s=157805%2Ftcsmnmlpd2%2Fq03442%5F102
9. Daemon Irrepit Callidus – Gyorgy Orban

http://catoctin.naxosmusiclibrary.com/stream.asp?s=157805%2Ftcsmnmlpd2%2Frj0505%5F001
10. In the Hall of the Mountain King – Edvard Grieg http://catoctin.naxosmusiclibrary.com/stream.asp?s=157805%2Ftcsmnmlpd2%2F271725%5F04
11. Shelob’s Lair – Howard Shore

http://youtu.be/PtScfh0IHUs

12. Florence Foster Jenkin’s Rendition of Mozart’s Der Holle Rache

http://youtu.be/V6ubiUIxbWE