Today’s Saturday Sing-a-long (though it just occurred to me this second that not everything I’ve put on here has had words to it!) is dedicated to Halloween! And seeing as how I LOVE classical music, what could be more fitting than Night On Bald Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky from the wonderful Disney movie Fantasia!
Night On Bald Mountain
Night on Bald Mountain refers to a series of compositions by Modest Mussorgsky (1839–1881). Inspired by Russian literary works and legend, Mussorgsky composed a “musical picture”, St. John’s Eve on Bald Mountain on the theme of a witches’ sabbath occurring on St. John’s Eve, which he completed on that very night, June 23, in 1867. Together with Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sadko (1867), it is one of the first tone poems by a Russian composer. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.)
Fantasia is a 1940 American animated film produced by Walt Disney and released by Walt Disney Productions. With story direction by Joe Grant and Dick Huemer, and production supervision by Ben Sharpsteen, it is the third feature in the Disney animated features canon. The film consists of eight animated segments set to pieces of classical music conducted by Leopold Stokowski, seven of which are performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra. Music critic and composer Deems Taylor acts as the film’s Master of Ceremonies, providing a live-action introduction to each animated segment. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.)
If you’re interested in learning more about Fantasia, I will leave you to fend for yourself and Google it. You will find it took a long time and many reissues over the years to become a classic, but as of 2012, Fantasia has grossed $76.4 million in domestic revenue and is the 22nd highest-grossing film of all time in the U.S. when adjusted for inflation.
In the meantime, I hope you have a harrowing Halloween!