That's the "Night Of The Electric Insects" from a piece called, "Black Angels," which is for electric string quartets, by the American composer George Crumb. He sees himself at the sabbath, in the midst of a frightful troop of ghosts, sorcerers, monsters of every kind, come together for his funeral. At the end, one of the shepherds again takes up the ranz des vaches; the other no longer replies. HOFFMAN: No, no, no. The score calls for a total of over 90 instrumentalists, the most of any symphony written to that time. He was revolutionary. The beloved melody appears again, but it has lost its character of nobility and shyness; it is no more than a dance tune, mean, trivial, and grotesque: it is she, coming to join the sabbath. © 2020 The Listeners' Club. And, Renee, wolf's glen sounds even scarier in German, I have to say. Nowhere is Symphonie fantastique crazier than in the final minutes of the last movement, beginning with this terrifying crescendo. Instrumental Solo in C Minor. Symphonie fantastique’s form is driven by its drama, like an opera without words. Over the course of five movements, a “young musician” descends into the despair of unrequited love. *At Imbolc, in February, the Lord is seen as a young boy, and the Lady recovers from giving birth. See the full gallery: The 20 scariest pieces of classical music. 58 Tracks. Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, first heard in 1830, shares some surprising similarities with a teenager’s rock music: It’s shocking, rebellious, and at least partially drug-induced (Berlioz was under the influence of opium). If you want to see them flee, broadcast this from your windows, Renee, and see if the trick-or-treaters stick around. The pen falls from my hand.” François-Joseph Fétis. Year: 1830 / Duration: c. 10:00 Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation) Original Medium: Orchestra Publisher: Merlin Patterson Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $275.00 56 Tracks 1802604 Views. Find the San Francisco Symphony’s recording with Michael Tilson Thomas atÂ, John Eliot Gardiner’s period instrument recording with the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique gives us a sense of how the music would have sounded in 1830. Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique - Dream Of A Witches Sabbath They also called it the (speaking German), which means the terror glen. But it also contains one of the eeriest, spookiest scenes in all of opera. A clarinet enters with the idée fixe (1:28). Well, try this one. A dialogue between two shepherds can be heard in the English horn and offstage oboe. MONTAGNE: (Laughter). We hear the idée fixe pop up in unexpected places. Ultimate Duke Nukem Soundboard. And if you want to get in the mood for this weekend, Renee Montagne has something that might do the trick - or treat. He was one of the great masters of spooky music. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he earned the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, studying with world renowned Ukrainian-American violinist Oleh Krysa. Ashley Westerman, our director, is a jellyfish, though, she took off the mask so that we can see her. Seriously, signup for our newsletter or Freddy will hunt you in your dreams. We hear string sound effects like raspy sul ponticello (playing with the bow as close to the bridge as possible) and col legno (hitting the wood of the bow on the strings for a percussive effect that, in this case, sounds like a skeleton’s rattling bones). Just in time for Halloween, Renee Montagne chats with music commentator Miles Hoffman about some of history's spookiest classical music. – A roar of joy at her arrival. In today’s video, we’re going to take a closer look to Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique – particularly the fifth and final movement from the symphony, “witches’ sabbath”. COMMENTS. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record. They loved the effects they were creating. Enter your email address to subscribe to The Listeners' Club and receive notifications of new posts by email. He sees himself at a witches' sabbath, in the midst of a hideous gathering of shades, sorcerers and monsters of every kind who have come together for his funeral. It may have been written to impress a girl (Harriet Smithson, an Irish actress whom Berlioz saw in a production of Hamlet in 1827, leading to an infatuation and ultimately short-lived marriage). Accuracy and availability may vary. UNIDENTIFIED OPERA SINGER: (As character) Samiel, Samiel, Samiel... HOFFMAN: That's from the Wolf's Glen scene in Carl Maria von Weber's opera, "Der Freischutz." And of course you - one loves to see how brave they are - you could see people fleeing before they get to the door. 131, Stravinsky's "The Firebird": A Shimmering Musical Fairy Tale. Listen to Symphonie fantastique as pure music and you’ll hear the distinct personas of the instruments come to live and enter into a drama which transcends the literal story. Print and download Dream of a Witches' Sabbath (Excerpt) sheet music composed by Hector Berlioz arranged for Piano. All rights reserved. "He sees himself at a witches' Sabbath, in the midst of a hideous gathering of shades, sorcerers and monsters of every kind who have come together for his funeral. Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra, Béatrice et Bénédict: Berlioz’s Neglected Comedy, Sibelius’ Fourth Symphony: Probing Psychological Depths, “Nine Variations on a March by Dressler”: Music by the 12-year-old Beethoven, Sibelius' Fourth Symphony: Probing Psychological Depths, Late Beethoven Revelations: String Quartet No. He created sounds with the orchestra in the "Symphonie Fantastique," that nobody had ever imagined before. In addition to performing and teaching, Timothy Judd is the author of the popular classical music appreciation blog, The Listeners’ Club…. He was a student of Anastasia Jempelis, one of the earliest champions of the Suzuki method in the United States. Shakespeare, as presented by the Irish actress, Harriet Smithson, changed Berlioz's life forever. RECOMMENDED SOUNDBOARDS. Dogs Barking Sound effects. Convinced that his love is unappreciated, the artist poisons himself with opium. ... by his unrequited love for Shakespearean actress ... – A free PowerPoint PPT presentation (displayed as a Flash slide show) on - id: 474f8-ZDc1Z His last picture of Harriet is in stark contrast to his first. This is such an iconic and hair-raising composition. 6. Print and download Dream of a Witches' Sabbath (Excerpt) - C Instrument sheet music composed by Hector Berlioz arranged for Violin or Oboe or Flute or Recorder. 1830; Hector Berlioz; programmatic symphony Finding himself one evening in the country, he hears in the distance two shepherds piping a ranz des vaches in dialogue. As you said, trick-or-treaters will get a treat when they hear this quite scary music. It deals with the pain of unrequited love, yet this is clearly an immature vision of love, idealized and illusory. It’s a work of full-blown Romanticism, more concerned with the moment than with traditional formal structure. It's actually a very important contemporary piece. The Lord is seen as a growing youth at this time. MONTAGNE: And I think I'm going to have all my candy left if I take even any of your advice on what to play on Halloween night. 20 images. And the little passage we just heard is from the last movement of the "Symphonie Fantastique," and that movement is Berlioz imagining a witches' sabbath. He's the violist of the American Chamber Players and the artistic director of the Peace Center Chamber Music Society in Greenville, S.C. So we listen to them for fun. Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath. Finale: Dream of a Witches' Sabbath He finds himself at a Witches' Sabbath, in the midst of a dreadful company of ghosts, sorcerers, and monsters of all kinds who have assembled for his funeral. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. A native of Upstate New York, Timothy Judd has been a member of the Richmond Symphony violin section since 2001. Berlioz couldn't get enough of it. The sabbath round and the Dies irae are combined. In that same movement, Berlioz also used a medieval Latin chant melody that I think you will recognize. The end of the fourth movement, March to the Scaffold, paints the gruesome scene of the hero’s execution. Strange noises, groans, bursts of laughter, distant cries which other cries seem to answer. A few members of our staff have worn costumes overnight, getting ready for Halloween. The witch should be one of the main heroes, the Big Bad, or otherwise central to the plot.Such works will invariably include tropes from either A Witchy Index or the Wizards and Witches index.. And the little passage we just heard is from the last movement of the "Symphonie Fantastique," and that movement is Berlioz imagining a witches' sabbath. The Horror Maze is an ear-boggling “sonic spooktacular” that duly offers Bach’s chilling Toccata, plus excerpts from many other classics on “evil” themes – like Mussorgsky’s devilish Night on Bald Mountain, Saint-Saens’ spooky Danse Macabre, Chopin’s deathly Funeral March, and Berlioz’s wickedly surreal Dream of the Witches’ Sabbath. Goya: The Witches’ Sabbath, 1797-98 The murderous composer lies abed, dreaming fevered dreams about the love that he lost and the evils that he did….or was it all just an opium-induced nightmare? Part Five: Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath He sees himself at the sabbath, in the midst of a frightful troop of ghosts, sorcerers, monsters of every kind, come together for his funeral. Listen to the insanity of the woodwinds in this passage, and the way they let out a final tauntingly demonic shriek a few moments later. The Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath concludes with a hellish rumble which hangs in the listener’s ear long after the music has finished. You’ll hear fragments of this line return throughout the Symphony (here it is in the strange, halting climax of the third movement, and here, and here again in the final movement). This pastoral duet, the scenery, the quiet rustling of the trees gently brushed by the wind, the hopes he has recently found some reason to entertain – all concur in affording his heart an unaccustomed calm and in giving a more cheerful color to his ideas. MONTAGNE: That melody is appropriately full of gloom and doom. MONTAGNE: That's Miles Hoffman. MONTAGNE: I understand that Berlioz was quite the master of spooky music. The sound of distant thunder echoes from hillsides. Foreshadowing Freud, Symphonie fantastique takes us on a deeply psychological journey. What emerges after we enter this hallucinogenic dreamscape is both fascinating and frightening. Strange noises, groans, bursts of laughter, distant cries which other cries seem to answer. Note that not all female magic users are witches; some are actually Magical Girls or something similar. A native of Upstate New York, Timothy Judd has been a member of the Richmond Symphony violin section since 2001. The passage from this state of melancholy reverie, interrupted by a few fits of groundless joy, to one of frenzied passion, with its gestures of fury, of jealousy, its return of tenderness, its tears, its religious consolations – this is the subject of the first movement. Strange sounds, groans, outbursts of laughter; distant shouts which seem to be answered by more shouts. Hollywood orchestrations, like James Horner’s theme to The Lord of the Rings, resemble the introduction into “Un Bal,” and “Dreams of a Witches' Sabbath” was featured by Jerry Goldsmith in the 1991 film Sleeping with the Enemy. Nightmare on Elm Street composer Charles Bernstein also used dissonance and sound effects to … _creepy-reversed-laugh. This, of course, depends on other symbols in your dream and the situation you’ve dreamed about. – Distant sound of thunder – loneliness – silence. There are lots of effects, including ghostly col legno playing in the strings, the bubbling of the witches' cauldron played by the wind instruments. Witches and hideous monsters shriek, groan, and cackle amid quotes of the Dies Irae (the ancient chant evoking the Day of Wrath). "The Dreams in the Witch House" is a horror story by H. P. Lovecraft, first published in 1933 in Weird Tales.It is considered to be part of the Cthulhu Mythos.. Walter Gilman, a student of mathematics at Miskatonic University, rents an attic room in a house that is rumored to be cursed and haunted by the spirit of a witch, Keziah Mason, who lived there in the 17th century. To me, it was the perfect way to celebrate October 31st, Halloween! A passionate teacher, Mr. Judd has maintained a private violin studio in the Richmond area since 2002 and has been active coaching chamber music and numerous youth orchestra sectionals. Strange noises, groans, bursts of laughter, distant cries which other cries seem to answer. But, again, some of these pieces have lasted for a very long time and will last for centuries more because they're actually great music. At this moment in the third movement you might miss it, unless you’re tuned into the woodwinds. The fifth movement, Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath, depicts the Hero’s funeral. Part V: Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath Noises represent ghosts, sorcerers, monsters, witches & other types of ghouls; there are groans, bursts of laughter, distant cries. "Freischutz" was the first great German romantic opera - a very important opera. Berlioz uses a range of orchestral effects to create the scene of a gathering of witches - violins using the backs of their bows to create bubbling cauldron sounds, the sound of a funeral bell and outbursts of musical laughter. – This mingling of hope and fear, these ideas of happiness disturbed by black presentiments, form the subject of the Adagio. MODEST MUSSORGSKY: (Singing in foreign language). The rubbed strings are divided into eight voices, making effects between tremolo, pizzicato andsforzando that simulate the noises and screams of the shadows, witches, sorcerers and monsters who come to the funeral. MONTAGNE: Well, Miles, wishing you a spooky Halloween. I have decided to keep the instrumentation to a minimum, where smaller size bands can give it a try without the fear of not owning unusual auxiliary instruments, but still able to maintain the original orchestral sounds. MILES HOFFMAN, BYLINE: Thank you very much Renee (laughter). Yeah, grab your candy and run - I like that. What does … Listen to the way it gradually creeps into the strings in this passage from the end of the first movement. It's called the Wolf's Glen scene, and it involves a man selling his soul to an evil spirit named Samiel, and he's casting magic bullets. SKU: MN0139297 They can carry a positive meaning and represent a good sign for the upcoming period. The idée fixe now degenerates into a vulgar, grotesque parody of itself. Just having a witch in a story doesn't qualify it for inclusion here. HOFFMAN: But I have one for you, Renee, that I think you should blast from your windows tomorrow night on Halloween and welcome trick-or-treaters with this. The dose of the narcotic, too weak to kill him, plunges him into a sleep accompanied by the most horrible visions. He dreams that he has killed his beloved, that he is condemned and led to the scaffold and that he is witnessing his own execution. In 1828, Paris buzzed with two sensations, Beethoven and Shakespeare. *The Summer Solstic… The Queen of the Night: Opera's Most Deranged Mother? This is really creepy. So a very important piece. 14, Op. And within six years of its premiere in 1824, it had been translated into nine languages, and it was - for a long time was the most popular German opera in the world. *Ostara marks the first day of spring and the awakening of the Earth. This is the sound of skeletons dancing in the graveyard, the "Symphonie Fantastique" by Hector Berlioz. *At Yule, which occurs at the time of the winter solstice in December, the Lady gives birth to the Lord and then rests. (SOUNDBITE OF SYMPHONY, "DER FREISCHUTZ"). The son of public school music educators, Timothy Judd began violin lessons at the age of four through Eastman’s Community Education Division. Through an odd whim, whenever the beloved image appears before the mind’s eye of the artist, it is linked with a musical thought whose character, passionate but at the same time noble and shy, he finds similar to the one he attributes to his beloved. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at for further information. Cartoon Sound FX. Year: 1830/1995 Duration: c. 11:00 Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation) Publisher: Southern Music Cost: Score and Parts - $165.60 | Score Only - $20.00 For further availability information, see Discussion tab, above. The artist finds himself in the most varied situations – in the midst of the tumult of a party, in the peaceful contemplation of the beauties of nature; but everywhere, in town, in the country, the beloved image appears before him and disturbs his peace of mind. To continue we will explain the text with tempos and instrumentation: The movement begins with alarghetto that introduces us to the Sabbath scene with a piano chord. HOFFMAN: (Laughter). It's one of classical music's most famous pieces of spooky music, and here to talk about it and other melodies that chill your bones is music commentator Miles Hoffman. You can throw out Berlioz’s extensive program notes (included below) and the music stands on its own. Beethoven's music established the Romantic ideal; instead of fitting suitable music into classical forms, Beethoven reconfigured the symphony and the personnel of the orchestra to accommodate his emotional expression. – Funeral knell, burlesque parody of the Dies irae [a hymn sung in the funeral rites of the Catholic Church], sabbath round-dance. This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. All Rights Reserved. (SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE NIGHT OF THE ELECTRIC INSECTS"). (SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DREAM OF A WITCHES' SABBATH"). As the dance reaches a climax we hear the Dies Irae (Day of Judgement) melody together with the Ronde du Sabbat (Sabbath Round) which is a wild fugue. Strange noises, groans, bursts of laughter, distant cries which other cries seem to answer. But also, Renee, partly because some of the spooky pieces have been actual milestones in the history of music. Part Five: Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath. The witch's double as strippers and run a strip club where they hand pick their victims and invite them back to their home for dinner parties. In his 1830 work, the French composer Hector Berlioz wrote a … He sees himself at the sabbath, in the midst of a frightful troop of ghosts, sorcerers, monsters of every kind, come together for his funeral. In the third movement, we find ourselves in a country pasture. Dreams about witches don’t have to be negative. Throughout the piece, instrumental voices combine and interact in innovative ways which hadn’t been imagined previously. Fro… And that's - you know, that's good for Halloween. All Strange Sounds in both Wav and MP3 formats Here are the sounds that have been tagged with Strange free from ... Dream Of A Witches Sabbath. He reflects upon his isolation; he hopes that his loneliness will soon be over. The procession moves forward to the sounds of a march that is now somber and fierce, now brilliant and solemn, in which the muffled noise of heavy steps gives way without transition to the noisiest clamor. (Here Berlioz introduces a spacial dimension to the music that Mahler would later develop with his own offstage instruments). 16 Tracks 1542530 Views. He sees himself at the sabbath, in the midst of a frightful troop of ghosts, sorcerers, monsters of every kind, come together for his funeral. This melodic image and the model it reflects pursue him incessantly like a double idée fixe. Exposure is the first factor of being distinguished. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Strange sounds, groans, outbursts of laughter; distant shouts which seem to be answered by more shouts. HOFFMAN: That's from the song "Trepak" from the "Songs And Dances Of Death" by Modest Mussorgsky. Berlioz’s music evokes dramatic scenes. Unearthly sounds, groans, shrieks of laughter, distant cries echoed by other cries. Copyright © 2015 NPR. In the fifth movement, "Dream of the Witches' Sabbath," the program tells us the artist is on his way to hell. The original program notes by Berlioz is as follows: It's (speaking German). Instrumental Solo, and Instrumental Part in C Minor. And composers have been using that and quoting it for centuries, and, if we had time, I could give you a list of probably at least 30 other composers who have borrowed that tune and used it to create a mood of gloom and doom. – But what if she were deceiving him! Spooky is one of those things that composers have always loved to do. In the first movement, subtitled Passions, this vague hero “sees for the first time a woman who unites all the charms of the ideal person his imagination was dreaming of, and falls desperately in love with her.” This passion is represented by the idée fixe, a musical idea (first heard at this moment in the first movement) which returns and develops throughout the Symphony. Listen. HOFFMAN: (Laughter). But I'm also thinking I'd love to play a little bit from "Der Freischutz," which is an opera by Carl Maria von Weber. In the first movement’s development section, Berlioz veers into new territory with these strange ascending and descending parallel chromatic lines. And the song is about death dancing with a drunken peasant. That is the reason for the constant appearance, in every movement of the symphony, of the melody that begins the first Allegro. Symphonie Fantastique: Basics The full title for Symphonie Fantastique… specifically: HOFFMAN: He was, Renee. NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. Strange sounds, groans, outbursts of laughter; distant shouts which seem to be answered by more shouts. The Berlioz "Symphonie Fantastique," is a great example. That's the Latin hymn, "Dies Irae," the day of wrath, that day will dissolve the world in ashes. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Part Five: Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath. MONTAGNE: But it isn't as if he is the only one. At the end of the march the first four measures of the idée fixe reappear, like a last thought of love interrupted by the fatal blow. Huge orchestra, the idee fixe, unusual 5 movement program-1st movement is about daydreams and passions; 2nd movement is about a ball; 3rd movement is about a scene in the country; 4th movement is about a march to the scaffold; 5th movement is about a dream of a witches sabbath. In his free time, Timothy Judd enjoys working out with Richmond’s popular SEAL Team Physical Training program. Hector Berlioz - Dream of a Witches' Sabbath from Symphonie Fantastique. *At Beltane, the Lord has grown to manhood and he falls in love with the Lady, the two unite, producing the bounty of Nature. The opening music for the classic horror film, The Shining uses the Dies Irae from Berlioz’s Witches’ Sabbath, overdubbed with eerie sound effects. You know, I actually find the subject of spooky music really fascinating because - well, partly because there's so much of it. And, you know, it's interesting with these pieces, we're using them for Halloween and it's fun. The composers were trying to write scary music or scary portions of music and theatrical music. The Lady becomes pregnant by the Lord. Program music = instrumental music associated with poems, stories, etc. Bassoons play the melody Sound effects depicting elements of the story Listen for the snarling sound made by the trombone. And the sound of the skeletons, by the way, is the sound of the string players all striking their strings with the wood of their bows. – She takes part in the devilish orgy. Witch's Sabbath is about a Witch's Coven which needs to sacrifice 666 people for their souls by beheading them, while their hearts are still beating, before the arrival of their Dark Lord. SKU: MN0139573 It’s filled with bizarre, erratic shifts in mood which constantly keep us off balance (for example, listen to this passage from the first movement). Berlioz’s program notes, written for the 1830 premiere: The author imagines that a young musician, afflicted with that moral disease that a well-known writer calls the vague des passions, sees for the first time a woman who embodies all the charms of the ideal being he has imagined in his dreams, and he falls desperately in love with her.