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Impending dread......
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Having just returned from a hectic day 'at the office' where things are getting worse by the hour - only to find that the supermarket shelves have been stripped bare yet again mad - I finally settled down to listen to BBC Radio 3 (www.bbc.co.uk/radio3 - the third movement right now).........in which the original scheduled live broadcast concert has (of course) been cancelled, and replaced by a replay of a previous concert chosen by the same musicians.

And the music, Vaughan Williams's Sinfonia Antartica (from the movie Scott of the Antarctic, which is not very familiar to me), strikes me as fitting for the current climate, sending a shiver down my spine and heading inexorably towards the dreadful conclusion.

This is the complete chilling work on YT:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mv6YBg7PLag


Would anyone like to propose a suitable piano piece that is equally morbid/depressing smirk ? (OK, not the Dante Sonata.....)



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Liszt's "Chasse Neige"
Maybe not morbidly depressing but certainly a study of impending dread.

As played by Adrian Brendle (no relation to Alfred)
https://youtu.be/rPqjSBOQp_8

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Chopin Scherzo in B minor Op. 20.


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The opening of this one does it for me......

Chopin Funeral March

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Liszt’s Funeraille. Besides being morbid and depressing, it’s furiously angry. I really enjoyed learning it when my job was eating me alive. Wonderfully cathartic.


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Thanks for all those suggestions. If I have the time, I might even think of learning one or two of them.......

No-one for Le gibet? wink

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Scarbo has more dread!

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Originally Posted by johnstaf
Scarbo has more dread!

Le gibet:

Ah! that which I hear, was it the north wind that screeches in the night, or the hanged one who utters a sigh on the fork of the gibbet?
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It is the bell that tolls from the walls of a city, under the horizon, and the corpse of the hanged one that is reddened by the setting sun.



Scarbo:

Oh! how often have I heard and seen him, Scarbo, when at midnight the moon glitters in the sky like a silver shield on an azure banner strewn with golden bees.

How often have I heard his laughter buzz in the shadow of my alcove, and his fingernail grate on the silk of the curtains of my bed!

How often have I seen him alight on the floor, pirouette on a foot and roll through the room like the spindle fallen from the wand of a sorceress!

Do I think him vanished then? the dwarf grows between the moon and me like the belfry of a gothic cathedral, a golden bell shakes on his pointed cap!

But soon his body becomes blue, translucent like the wax of a candle, his face pales like the wax of a candle end – and suddenly he is extinguished



Scarbo is certainly much more dreadful to play wink , but somehow, I tend to think of him (it?) as a mischievous night goblin rather than a menacing one........


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To me, Le Gibet is the lonely sound of utter hopelessness.

Come to think of it, that is terrifying.

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Scriabin Etude in C#m Op. 2 No. 1

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=327D03P5Xxc

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Ravel's "Le Tombeau de Couperin."

Each movement is dedicated to the memory of a friend of the composer who died in World War I. Puts a veil of sadness over the whole piece.

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The 4th mouvement of the symphonie fantastique by Berlioz, transcribed for the piano by F. Liszt. It is called "La marche au supplice".

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Tchaikovsky Castle Ruins Op. 2 #1. Short, moderate difficulty, well worth-while.


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Ravel's La valse.

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Well I'll bounce off the Rachmaninoff thread and say Rachmaninoff. Done the Elegie yet? Suit you sir?

Or funnily enough, some of the darker bits of Satie if you want something a bit less obvious. Gnosiemme no 1, 2 for example.

Liszt could be one of a million things.

I'm guessing you've played all these already years ago, though, but if not then enjoy!

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Liszt's "Chasse Neige"


Ha! What can one say about this to do it justice?

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Am I allowed to submit a non-classical dreadful piece? Cape Fear Prelude by Bernard Herrmann.

It's not hard to play (because I can play it, so there's not much to it) but it certainly has a foreboding and grim atmosphere.


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Originally Posted by FrankCox
Am I allowed to submit a non-classical dreadful piece? Cape Fear Prelude by Bernard Herrmann.

It's not hard to play (because I can play it, so there's not much to it) but it certainly has a foreboding and grim atmosphere.


Even people who don't like film music admire Bernard H. His Psycho score would be another candidate.

Come to think of it, given the current state of affairs in the world, how about The Day The Earths Stood Still?

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Rzewski Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues - eek - metal on metal.




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Also, Liszt's La lugubre gondola (the version in 6/8 time), one of his last pieces and eerily "modern".

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