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#1
Hello.
I have been wondering for a while if there are any musical peices by classical composers (eg. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, etc) that sound kind dark and spooky? Like in a minor key that sounds "evil" so to speak? Im looking for something that isnt like a slow, "happy" piece, but something darker. Is there anything out there?? Thanks.
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Hello.
I have been wondering for a while if there are any musical peices by classical composers (eg. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, etc) that sound kind dark and spooky? Like in a minor key that sounds "evil" so to speak? Im looking for something that isnt like a slow, "happy" piece, but something darker. Is there anything out there?? Thanks.

There's that one infamous piece that, ironically, I can't remember the name of. It sound's rather dark and epic, I'll look for it.
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^you mean like that one that goes, "da da da daaaaa, da da da daaaaa" right?

No.
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Look into some 20th century music. A lot composers dabbled in dissonance and atonal works, if that's what you mean.

EDIT:

Something like this maybe?


I liked that a lot.
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Dude....

Mahler... Shostakovich.... both were brilliant with that.

I prefer Shostakovich, Mahler takes forever to get anywhere...

In particular, Shostakovich's 11th symphony... the second movement in particular is badass
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Hmmm....i look into those. But really the only "darkish" ones i know of are Beethovens "Fifth" and Edvard Crieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King." So yeah ANYTHING would be cool! I wanna learn more classical stuff so i know a wider range of music on ma guitar. =P
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Pretty much any Russian composer will do. :P

Tchaikovsky is a good one. He has a few depressing compositions.

A great song you could look for is one called "Night on the Bald Mountain." That's not by Tchaikovsky, but it's worth listening to.
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Scriabin's Black Mass Sonata is pretty dark, and demented sounding.
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Hmmm....i look into those. But really the only "darkish" ones i know of are Beethovens "Fifth" and Edvard Crieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King." So yeah ANYTHING would be cool! I wanna learn more classical stuff so i know a wider range of music on ma guitar. =P


Have you ever thought of playing the violin?
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Oh yeah....i like that song. But its too slow, IMO. But i still like it.
Da da da..Da da da...Do da da...do da da...
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yeah, Shostakovich has made darker stuff, as he was running from the commies his whole life. Check out "Mars", from Holst's "the planets", also there was that one, that keeps repeating, and keeps getting faster, i forgot what it was. Something about the Hall of Mountain King, or just Mountain King, or something. I dunno.
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oh

But thanks for trying to help, this is driving me insane now.

Surely someone remembers it's name, it's based on the violin melody and starts with a single quiet violin, then get louder and the rest of the orchestra join in. It was recently on the advert for the new Terminator series (not the terminator theme)...
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Try to find a piece called "Utrenya" i've seen it spelled a number of different ways, but this is definitely what you are looking for. And no i can't remember who wrote it.
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Have you ever thought of playing the violin?



I already play cello, thank you. But violin is something id like to learn.
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I already play cello, thank you. But violin is something id like to learn.


I play violin, and I want to learn the cello....
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But thanks for trying to help, this is driving me insane now.

Surely someone remembers it's name, it's based on the violin melody and starts with a single quiet violin, then get louder and the rest of the orchestra join in. It was recently on the advert for the new Terminator series (not the terminator theme)...

are you thinking of Canon in D?
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umm duuh Toccata and Fugue in Dm and Chopins Nocturnes(particularly D flat) Die Walkure(Ride of the Valkyries) by Wagner
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are you thinking of Canon in D?

No, but thanks, I see where you got that from with the violin part
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Cello ftw. Yeah, I should get some classical music on my iPod. Some of it's boring but some of it can be quiet beautiful. I think classical music is one of the only kinds of music that can tap into any emotion.
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If you want Mozart, his greatest work (or what many say is his greatest) is his famous Reqiuem in D Minor. It's 14 movements. He wrote it while he was dying. The first 10 are by Mozart, the rest were finished by others. I've listened to the whole thing, and my favorite movements are the first (titled just "Reqiuem") and the 8th (titled "Lacrimosa" or sometimes "Lacrymosa"). It's a very haunting work, and Mozart stated he was writing it for his funeral. And a Reqiuem is a funeral mass. Lacrimosa is probably the most famous movement. The whole choir, violinists, etc. played it for Mozart before he died (the movements he had finished) and Lacrimosa is reported to have brought him to tears.

That being said, I think it fits the criteria perfectly for what your asking.

Here is Lacrimosa:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqPz5B-TA1w

If you search on iTunes, you should be able to find the whole Requiem by the Duke Chapel choir for free. That's where I got it.

Also, Bach organ works in minor keys are very good.
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If you want Mozart, his greatest work (or what many say is his greatest) is his famous Reqiuem in D Minor. It's 14 movements. He wrote it while he was dying. The first 10 are by Mozart, the rest were finished by others. I've listened to the whole thing, and my favorite movements are the first (titled just "Reqiuem") and the 8th (titled "Lacrimosa" or sometimes "Lacrymosa"). It's a very haunting work, and Mozart stated he was writing it for his funeral. And a Reqiuem is a funeral mass. Lacrimosa is probably the most famous movement. The whole choir, violinists, etc. played it for Mozart before he died (the movements he had finished) and Lacrimosa is reported to have brought him to tears.

That being said, I think it fits the criteria perfectly for what your asking.

Here is Lacrimosa:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqPz5B-TA1w

If you search on iTunes, you should be able to find the whole Requiem by the Duke Chapel choir for free. That's where I got it.

Also, Bach organ works in minor keys are very good.

I've never listened to that all the way through, but it was beautiful. I should look into more classical stuff.
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^you mean like that one that goes, "da da da daaaaa, da da da daaaaa" right?

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TOCCATA AND FUGUE BY J.S. BACH.

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I thought it was the beginning of the 1st movement of Beethoven's 5th symphony. Perhaps you should learn your late classical/early romantic transition era.

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TOCCATA AND FUGUE BY J.S. BACH.


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I thought it was the beginning of the 1st movement of Beethoven's 5th symphony. Perhaps you should learn your late classical/early romantic transition era.

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Anyone know what the mad classical extract is at the start of Ministry's "No W"? Been used a lot but it's the only example I can think of at the moment. If anyone can help it'd be much appreciated.

EDIT: No worries, found it. Turns out it was Carl Orff's "O, Fortuna" from his Carmina Burana opera.
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#36
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If you want Mozart, his greatest work (or what many say is his greatest) is his famous Reqiuem in D Minor. It's 14 movements. He wrote it while he was dying. The first 10 are by Mozart, the rest were finished by others. I've listened to the whole thing, and my favorite movements are the first (titled just "Reqiuem") and the 8th (titled "Lacrimosa" or sometimes "Lacrymosa"). It's a very haunting work, and Mozart stated he was writing it for his funeral. And a Reqiuem is a funeral mass. Lacrimosa is probably the most famous movement. The whole choir, violinists, etc. played it for Mozart before he died (the movements he had finished) and Lacrimosa is reported to have brought him to tears.

That being said, I think it fits the criteria perfectly for what your asking.

Here is Lacrimosa:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqPz5B-TA1w

If you search on iTunes, you should be able to find the whole Requiem by the Duke Chapel choir for free. That's where I got it.

Also, Bach organ works in minor keys are very good.


Really, I've always wanted to have the whole Requiem but could only get 2 or three movements
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#38
Lacrimosa is so amazing but it's so overplayed, like the beginning to Beethovens 5th. It kinda takes something away from it.
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Lacrimosa is so amazing but it's so overplayed, like the beginning to Beethovens 5th. It kinda takes something away from it.


I don't mind at all overplayness. The only thing that annoys me is that it prevents me from hearing new classical stuff...
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Scriabin's Black Mass Sonata is pretty dark, and demented sounding.


I'll 2nd this for obvious reasons.

Vers La Flamme also would do well as would Scriabin's 5th sonata. A sextet by Schoenberg is also a great piece...unfortunately I can't recall the opus number but it's quite popular and can probably be found on youtube.


Found a recording for blackmass on youtube btw by the famous Vladimir Sofronitsky http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Hp0yVCh5OKM&feature=related
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