October is just around the corner, so Halloween music is on my mind again!
Erik Satie has some haunting compositions that make him my new favorite for the occasion. I had read he was an eccentric, but just discovered how much of one - certainly not a boring character!
Here's from my post in the 'Time Signatures' thread - about Gnossienne no.1 for Violin.
'Common' Time = 4/4, 'Cut' Time = 2/2, but what about 'Free' Time?
Warning!: Nearing Halloween!
Erik Satie, the French Composer, coined the term "Gnossiennes" for his hauntingly beautiful Piano pieces that were 'free' of Time Signatures and bar divisions. They were experimental in form, rhythm and chordal Structure. (Wikipedia)
I LOVE this Violin version of the 1st Gnossienne, performed by Anna Konoplyova! Five minutes long.
Here you can see exactly what is on the sheet music, even though it has NO time signature or bar divisions! I'm just assuming this is in Fm.
AND, because Halloween will be here before you know it, one more version described as: "Satie's introspection meets Deconstructivist irony. Here is the most ethereal, contrite and disturbing version of Gnossienne you can imagine..."
This is my favorite VIOLA version of Gnossienne no.3, performed by Grigory Tsyganov!
A CELLO version of No.2, performed by Steven Honigberg.
Yann Tiersen, is a French multi-instrumentalist & composer of music that's perfect for Halloween!
Music from 3 of his albums were used in the film, "Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain" (Amélie). Some haunting melodies!
According to the comments, the member in the back is using a "Ondes Martenot" (similar to a theramin?) in this next Tiersen video.
Another haunting Tiersen example, some Counterpoint, maybe modulation?
I've mentioned Cecile Corbel, from Brittany, a few times. Her songs can be haunting and they just beckon for Violin, Viola & Cello to join in - so I've included a few, here.
Like some of the composers, she has an uncanny way of making me feel like I might have just had a horrific day, but I should be happy, it could always be worse. (lol)
C'est la vie!
...so, shrug your shoulders & lighten your step!
I'm sure you'll find it's usually pretty easy to pick out the main notes of Cecile's melodies - to play along.
Danse Macabre IS a Classic for Halloween, but Halloween is only a few weeks away!
I think I would probably need to start learning it now, for next year - I just don't have the ambition for that, yet. 🤔 ...but, maybe a phrase or 2 might be doable (for me).
I do seem to be drawn back to Yann Tiersen's music. Really liking "L'Homme aux bras ballants". I'll have to try it today, to make sure it's the melody - not just the pipes I'm liking. (lol)
Aah! ...the perfect tempo!
I just might have to extend my Halloween to Thanksgiving, if I get too carried away with all this great music I've found in all Genres!