Music Thursday: Saint-Saëns Danse Macabre

Because Monday is already taken. This column will feature music I listen to when I write, or maybe sometimes music I just like (and therefore think everyone else should, too).

It’s October, home of my second favorite holiday! So in honor of Halloween, here’s Danse macabre by Camille Saint-Saëns:

Danse macabre means “Dance of Death” and was a pretty popular motif in medieval Europe. Those serfs knew how to party in between plagues and wars. It’s a tone poem that depicts Death coming to a graveyard at midnight on Halloween and compelling the dead to dance to his fiddle until dawn.

I remember music class in elementary school listening to this and watching one of those films you had to advance manually frame by frame every time the tape cassette beeped.

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