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    Cool OTF - Scary Classics

    Tomorrow is Hallowe'en, and I thought we should take this opportunity to consider some musical selections that are "appropriate" for the circumstances.

    The first selection in the montage, Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor is forever associated with either reclusive organ-playing ogres, or classic shots of Gothic castles with assorted thunderstorms. Very cliche, but also very appropriate.

    Every small town has a ghost story and this one is from the small municipality of Carleton Place (Ontario), up the Ottawa River valley from my home in Ottawa, and it involves the Moore House.

    According to local folklore ,the ghost of Ida Moore is still present in the family home - Ida passed away in 1900 from consumption just as she was about to go off to music school to become a teacher. LOcal composer Mark Bailey provides this cute musical sketch inspired by the local legend - over the many years, since the untimely death of Ida, people in the house have reported strange noises, movement of objects, radios being turned off and on and windows being opened and closed. It is said by all who have encountered Ida that she is a very friendly spirit but one that likes to play tricks on the inhabitants of the house.

    The first if two piano trios from Beethoven's opus 70 is known as the Ghost, is one of his best known works in the genre (rivaled only by the Archduke Trio). The D major trio features themes found in the second movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 2. The All-Music Guide states that "because of its strangely scored and undeniably eerie-sounding slow movement, it was dubbed the 'Ghost' Trio. The name has stuck with the work ever since. The ghostly music may have had its roots in sketches for a Macbeth opera that Beethoven was contemplating at the time."

    And, indeed, three "ghosts" from our recent past collaborate in this rarely-heard radio performance: violinist Alexander Schneider, cellist Zara Nelsova and pianist Glenn Gould.

    Two more pieces on th emontage evoke stormy weather, also a classic part of any good scary story - works by American composers Kerry Turner and Wendy Carlos.

    We don't think of the movie Fantasia as being a "scary movie" but it does have its scary moments... In addition to the Bach Toccata (heard then under the orchestration of Leopold Stokowski) we also had Paul Dukas' tone poem The Sorcerer's Apprentice and the final tableau, a combination of Schubert's Ave Maria and Mussorgsky's Night at Bald Mountain, juxtaposing Heaven and the Underworld...I retained the Mussorgsky tone poem, again as orchestrated by the great Stokowski.

    To close things off, works by Grieg and Gounod.

    I think you will love this music too!

    Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
    Toccata & Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565
    Karl Richter, Marcussen & Son Organ (1944), Jægersborg Kirke, Copenhagen

    Mark BAILEY (*1951)
    The Old Moore House (2009)
    Ottawa Wind Ensemble
    Mark Bailey, conducting

    Paul DUKAS (1865-1935)
    L'Apprenti Sorcier (The Sorcerer's Apprentice) (1897)
    Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal
    Charles Dutoit, conducting

    Charles GOUNOD (1818-1893)
    Marche funèbre d'une marionnette (Funeral March of a Marionette) (1872)
    Robin Alciatore, piano

    Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
    Trio no. 4 in D major, op.70, no.1 "Ghost"
    Alexander Schneider, violin
    Zara Neisova, cello
    Glenn Gould, piano

    Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907)
    "In the hall of the Mountain King" from Peer Gynt, op. 23 (Act II, Sc. 10)
    Kirsten Braten Berg, Mezzo-Soprano,
    Unni Løvlid, Soprano
    Lena Willemark ,Soprano,
    Lund Kulturskolan Boys and Girls Chorus & Malmo Chamber Choir
    Malmö Symphony Orchestra
    Bjarte Engeset, conducting

    Wendy CARLOS (*1939)
    Country Lane (1971)
    Wendy Carlos, Moog Synthesizer

    Kerry TURNER (* 1960)
    'Twas a Dark & Stormy Night, op. 12
    Kerry Turner & Kristina Mascher, horn
    Sinfonia Cracovia
    Dariusz Wisniewski, conducting

    Modest Petrovich MUSSORGSKY (1839-1881)
    Ivanova noch' na Lisoy gore (Night on Bald Mountain) (1867)
    (Arr. L. Stokowski, 1940)
    BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
    Matthias Bamert, conducting

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    This montage will soon leave our Pod-O-Matic rotation. You can always find it in our archives at

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