danse macabre

Whether or not you celebrate Halloween, here’s a fun little piece that captures the spirit of October 31 festivities:

Saint-Saens’ Danse macabre is a tone poem that brings to life an ancient legend in which Death comes out at midnight on Halloween and summons the dead with his fiddle, invoking a riotous ball of the most macabre proportions as these skeletons dance on their own graves till dawn, when they must be banished to the underworld again for another year. The harp strikes twelve midnight. The fiddle screeches in with a devilish tritone. Bones rattle like xylophones as the skeletons’ crazed waltz commences.