Monday, October 27, 2008

Music Monday - Halloween Music No. 4

Saint-Saens again this time. One of my favorite pieces by this composer is Carnival of the Animals, and the Aquarium movement from this orchestral suite is perfect for invoking a spooky aura. The Fossils movement isn't bad for getting into the Halloween spirit, either, but unfortunately I didn't like any of the YouTube videos I could find for either movement.

But I can't let my last Halloween Music Monday post be so boring, so here is quite an enjoyable animation in the style of The Nightmare Before Christmas, to the tune of Funeral March of a Marionette, by Charles Gounod, a contemporary of Saint-Saens, and a fellow countryman. In the video, the music doesn't begin until almost two minutes in, just fyi. This animated short was created by Eric Fonseca, an artist from San Antonio, according to the blurb on his YouTube page.

You may know of another little ditty by Gounod with the title Ave Maria, though he composed only the melody there, and a more famous composer wrote the underlying prelude (J.S. Bach). Other of Gounod's compositions that are still performed today include his operas, Romeo & Juliet and Faust.

Happy Halloween!

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