Dark and Moody Music for Piano


A collection of dark and moody pieces for solo piano. Easy to Advanced Level

1.   House of the Rising Sun


Like many classic folk ballads, the authorship of "The House of the Rising Sun" is uncertain. Musicologists say that it is based on the tradition of broadside ballads such as The Unfortunate Rake of the 18th century and that English emigrants took the song to America where it was adapted to its later New Orleans setting. Alan Price of The Animals has even claimed that the song was originally a sixteenth-century English folk song about a Soho brothel.

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House of the Rising Sun


2.   Beethoven  -  Moonlight Sonata (1st mvt)




Moonlight Sonata (1st mvt)


3.   Tchaikovsky  -  Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from the Nutcracker




Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from the Nutcracker


4.   Tchaikovsky  -  Swan Lake Op. 20 Scene Finale




Swan Lake Op. 20 Scene Finale


5.   Mozart  -  Symphony no. 40 1st mvt




Symphony no. 40 1st mvt


6.   Beethoven  -  7th Symphony 2nd mvt theme (easy arrangement)




7th Symphony 2nd mvt theme (easy arrangement)


7.   Grieg  -  In the Hall of the Mountain King (Peer Gynt)


The popular theme was made famous by Disney's Fantasia. Grieg intended it to depict a creepy underground world full of trolls and goblins - the perfect soundtrack for trick or treating!

Grieg, Edvard




In the Hall of the Mountain King (Peer Gynt)


8.   Chopin  -  Funeral March


With more than a touch of graveyard lugubriousness, this piece is probably the most famous of all funeral marches. It has been used at the funerals of politicians such as John F Kennedy and Winston Churchill as well as appearing many times in popular culture.

Chopin, Frederic




Funeral March


9.   Albinoni  -  Adagio




Adagio


10.   Handel  -  Largo from Xerxes




Largo from Xerxes


11.   Mussorgsky  -  Night on the Bare Mountain


Mussorgsky's Night on a the Bare Mountain is a dramatic and exciting depiction of a witches' sabbath. One of the most famous works in the classical repertoire it was also used to great effect in Walt Disney's 'Fantasia.'

Mussorgsky, Modest




Night on the Bare Mountain


12.   Berlioz  -  Dies Irae theme from Symphonie Fantastique (Theme from Stanley Kubricks The Shining)


Another piece that might have you 'witching' you were somewhere else... It is the opening of the last movement of Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, a depiction of a witches' sabbath though the medium of a fevered dream. If this horror is not enough, the main theme is an old melody used to set the words 'Dies Irae' ('Day of Wrath') used as part of a Requiem Mass (Mass for the Dead).

Berlioz, Hector




Dies Irae theme from Symphonie Fantastique (Theme from Stanley Kubricks The Shining)


13.   Mozart  -  Lacrimosa dies illa from Requiem Mass K.626 as used in the film Amadeus
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Lacrimosa dies illa from Requiem Mass K.626 as used in the film Amadeus
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14.   Beethoven  -  Marcia Funebre theme from Eroica Symphony 2nd mvt




Marcia Funebre theme from Eroica Symphony 2nd mvt


15.   Mussorgsky  -  Bydlo from Pictures at an Exhibition




Bydlo from Pictures at an Exhibition











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