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This video shows 6 piano songs that describe devil omg...


I already knew those pieces except gargoyles, devil's staircase, scherzo diabolique.


What else is there to describe tha devil?

hmmm.... I just remembered 'poeme satanique'(scriabin)

anyone else?

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Quite a lot, even from Liszt - he wrote four Mephisto Waltzes, plus a Mephisto Polka, not to mention the Dante Sonata. And the Dante Symphony.

And for violinists, there's Tartini's "Devil's Trill" Sonata. And Paganini's Caprice No.13 has the nickname Devil's Laughter.

Not forgetting Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain:

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Maybe not devilish, but the opening to the first Brahms is certainly one of the most menacing and creepy passages I know of.

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The Prokofiev Toccata, which has its own thread lately, seems to fit the bill.

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......as does much of Chopin's 1st Scherzo.

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The piano is used in "Sympathy for the Devil" from the Rolling Stones.


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I know you asked about "piano" pieces, but anyway....

1 Tartini Sonata 'The Devil's Trill'
2 Gounod Faust.
3 Saint-Saens Danse Macabre.
4 Berlioz The Damnation of Faust.
5 Liszt Mephisto Waltz no 1.
6 Mussorgsky Night on a Bald Mountain.
7 Stravinsky The Soldier's Tale.
8 Meyerbeer Robert le Diable.
9 Verdi Giovanni d'Arco Tu sei bella (The Demon's Waltz)


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Originally Posted by Carey
7 Stravinsky The Soldier's Tale

I guess you mean a particular movement?
(actually dunno if they're exactly "movements" but I think they are)

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7 Stravinsky The Soldier's Tale

I guess you mean a particular movement?
(actually dunno if they're exactly "movements" but I think they are)

Found this.....

"Composed during the World War I, Stravinsky had few resources to play with. A lack of instrumentalists called for a pared down theatrical work based on a Russian folk tale, written for dancer, a narrator, the devil, the soldier, and 7 instruments.

It's a morality tale - be happy with what you have, riches come at a high price - and in this case the soldier loses the people he loves most in the world, tempted by the devil to sell his violin in exchange for great wealth and a high octane life style. The soldier attempts to rid himself of the devil's influence by playing his fiddle, but the devil keeps popping up - the soldier will always be the devil's prisoner."


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I enjoy playing some of the old "parlor music" from the 19th and early 20th century. Here's some devil music that you can easily download from a university library website at no cost. (Just run the title through Google.)

Death on the Pale Horse
Devil's Gift - the Three Bars of Gold
Devil's Mill (Le Moulin Diabolique)
Galop Infernal - H ell Up To Date
Oh You Devil
The Pace that Kills
At the Devil's Ball
The Devil's Love Song

(The last two are songs, i.e. piano and vocal. The others are piano solos.)

And for general creepiness, I don't think you can beat the Cape Fear Prelude by Bernard Herrmann. There's what I think is a really nice arrangement of that in the book Music from the Movies: The Film Noir Collection

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The very inventive commentary in that first video had me laughing. Not all of it, but some.

My understanding of the Mephisto Waltz, especially some of the more literal tone-painting, has a lot more to do with sex than the devil, for one. Maybe that's just me.

I have read that the Prokofiev "Suggestion Diabolique" title is a mis-translation of the Russian original, which is a term that, if I remember correctly, means having a sudden and inexplicable creepy feeling of apprehension and fright. But nothing particularly devilish, not specifically.

And I don't know where the Satan idea came from for the Schubert. Isn't that character in the original song just plain Death, with no satanic implication?

Adding to the list - Alkan wrote a charming (and fairly radical for its time - 1861) piece called "Les Diablotins"; it is in his op. 63. A good deal of it is made up of arpeggiated tone-clusters, which makes it look on the page like something written in the 20th century.



Vladimir Rebikov wrote a little whole-tone piece called "Les Démons s'amusent". I remember this from when I was a kid - it was in some anthology or another (Schirmer?).



Back to Alkan - the "Quasi-Faust" movement of his extraordinary piano sonata starts off with the marking "Satanquement". A few pages in, a major theme is marked "le Diable."


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Originally Posted by wr
The very inventive commentary in that first video had me laughing....

All I see is Asian stuff.
(Is that what you mean?)


BTW, seriously and honestly, that above post will make me more interested in the Mephisto Waltz than I've been. ha

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How could pianists fail to mention Totentanz for piano & orchestra by Liszt. Only decades after first hearing this as a teen did I ever learn that Liszt wrote a piano solo version:


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i know I have not been posting piano pieces, but I hope to have my band play the earlier one someday, and I have an autographed copy of this record, which my father bought many decades before I got Benny Carter to sign it. Incidentally, this is the first jazz recording with a flute solo.



At least they directly refer to the devil.


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Originally Posted by J Joe Townley
How could pianists fail to mention Totentanz for piano & orchestra by Liszt. Only decades after first hearing this as a teen did I ever learn that Liszt wrote a piano solo version:

It crossed my mind, but after thinking about it for a moment, I realized it didn't fit the bill. The Dance of Death was not about a concept of the devil, but about the universal nature of death.

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