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Ominous Sounding Piano Pieces #1331224
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Please name some good ominous/scary/spooky piano pieces

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Re: Ominous Sounding Piano Pieces [Re: NoDisplayName] #1331226
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Well for starters, how's this.....please pardon that I'm the one playing it.... ha



(Sorry folks, he did say "ominous, scary, spooky" -- what the heck else am I supposed to give him?) smile

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.....or for a more "classic" example, how about Schumann's "The Prophet Bird" from Waldszenen.

In this performance, the pianist's movements are even scarier than the music: ha



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A good example of what I'm looking for is the Max Payne Theme performed by Reaperman2004 from YouTube.

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The original/actual piece from the video game "Max Payne" : YouTube - Max Payne - Main Theme (music)

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Originally Posted by Monotonyman
A good example of what I'm looking for is the Max Payne Theme performed by Reaperman2004 from YouTube.

I guess that means you just mean non-classical..... I didn't notice what section this is in when I posted before! (I just saw "Pianist Corner.")

Re: Ominous Sounding Piano Pieces [Re: Mark_C] #1331615
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I don't mind if its classical or not

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I don't think you can beat Ludovico Einaudi's "In principio" for ominous:




Welcome to the forum, Monotonyman! smile

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Originally Posted by Monica K.
I don't think you can beat Ludovico Einaudi's "In principio" for ominous.....

Didn't know the piece before.....it seems strikingly influenced by this Brahms Intermezzo, maybe intentionally:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1OwcwgMqq8

BTW......do we consider Einaudi "classical"? I guess we do....
I never much heard of him till coming to this site a few weeks ago.

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Dear Monica K.,

WOW!!! Ludovice Einaudi's "In Principio" is now one of my favorite pieces. It is indeed very spooky.

Thank you all for your posts!!!

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There is a bunch of Liszt from his later years: Nuages Gris, Czardas Macabre, Czardas Obstine, Mephisto Polka are a few examples.


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Re: Ominous Sounding Piano Pieces [Re: NoDisplayName] #1332392
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Originally Posted by Monotonyman


WOW!!! Ludovice Einaudi's "In Principio" is now one of my favorite pieces.


Einaudi has a way of doing that. heart Glad you enjoy it. Several of the other pieces on "Nightbook" (the album that 'In Principio' is on) have ominous overtone, but 'In principio' is the spookiest.

Mark, I'm not sure how/where to classify Einaudi. He's listed on iTunes as classical, and his CD covers say classical, but he's very much alive. thumb And I'm guessing that many of the regulars over in the Pianist Corner wouldn't call what he does 'classical' music, even if we disregard the timeframe. He's almost minimalist, but his work has more melody than the typical minimalist fare. So I dunno. If only there were a decent term for new age music other than the barf-inducing "new age". "Contemporary instrumental?" "Contemporary solo piano?" confused

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Originally Posted by Monica K.
......I'm not sure how/where to classify Einaudi. He's listed on iTunes as classical, and his CD covers say classical, but he's very much alive. thumb And I'm guessing that many of the regulars over in the Pianist Corner wouldn't call what he does 'classical' music, even if we disregard the timeframe. He's almost minimalist, but his work has more melody than the typical minimalist fare. So I dunno. If only there were a decent term for new age music other than the barf-inducing "new age". "Contemporary instrumental?" "Contemporary solo piano?" confused


Great answer!
I'm happy going with "New Age." ha

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The Masquerade Waltz (Khachaturian)

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There's a great solo piano arrangement available of Masquerade Waltz that I play (www.sheetmusicplus.com). Might want to check that out. eek

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Another of my favorites is Frederic Chopin Etude No. 12 Op. 25 in C minor

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Originally Posted by Monotonyman
Another of my favorites is Frederic Chopin Etude No. 12 Op. 25 in C minor

IMO that meets the "ominous" criterion but not "scary" or "spooky." smile

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Yes, You are right

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......and so are you, because it was your criteria that I was using. ha

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Thanks for the posts!!!

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How can I forget the classics Moonlight Sonta mvt. 1 and Toccata and Fugue in D minor

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Prokofiev's Suggestion Diabolique, Op. 4 No. 4

Played by Prokofiev http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGfWVh98p2g

Played by Sviatoslav Richter
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJfDl6h9ZgI&feature=related



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AnthonyB probably hasn't seen this thread, or else he's too bashful, but here's his YouTube video showing him playing Einaudi's "Exit," which imo is Einaudi's second most ominous/spooky piece. It's also one of Einaudi's easiest pieces to play:





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