A Halloween Ditty

Hamlet

Years ago I wrote a little Halloween ditty.  It was just a quick hack job, but it came out OK.    Of course, in best Liszt tradition, I incorporated the Dies irae.  Shortly after I wrote it I wrote the first movement of a sonata that used a similar theme.  I now have a hard time listening to this because it sounds like a ghost of the much better piece.  Here is the original Halloween music:

(The player doesn’t show up in Reader – please view in website)

For a comparison, here is that movement of the sonata I wrote a little later.  Some of the themes are similar, though of course not identical, and I didn’t use the Dies irae since this inspired more by Beethoven than Liszt:

(The player doesn’t show up in Reader – please view in website)

Want to hear the Liszt that I was talking about?   Here is a Youtube of the fabulously spooky Totentanz:

Note : The music player for my music doesn’t show up in the Reader.  If you don’t see it, go to the web site to listen

7 thoughts on “A Halloween Ditty

    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Hi Eloise. Yeah, the top one was supposed to be spooky or sinister. the other was dark, but not necessarily spooky. Someday I’ll post the entire sonata. If you think this reminds you of Charlie Chaplin, wait until you here the forth movement. It’s a bit of a joke (purposefully) and has parts that are, well, “Chaplinesque”.

      Like

      Reply
  1. M-R

    The second one is so much of a steal from Beethoven that it made me laugh. Not meant as an insult, I promise, Trent ! :-) It’s amazingly clever ! But I don’t know anything of Liszt in terms of my own piano playing, so can’t really comment on the first one.
    You are a clever bloke !

    Like

    Reply
    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Hi M-R. I obviously was studying Beethoven when I wrote it and tried to emulate his style. I didn’t copy any actual notes or themes, just ideas. Someday I’ll post the enter 4 movement sonata, all of which was influenced by his music.
      The top one isn’t really taken from Liszt as much as the bottom from the Big B, but I did steal the idea for using the Dies Irae from him and Berlioz.
      Glad you liked it!

      Like

      Reply
    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks Ali! I wrote the Halloween music for a music forum and most people just shrugged their shoulders. Everybody else did spectral sound effects with sudden loud noises. Ah, the kids these days, what do they know about spooky?

      Like

      Reply

Express Yourself

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s