Thursday, October 22, 2009

Halloween Countdown #7

Alas, this is a latter-day adaptation of the opening music for Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining, not the mysteriously unavailable original. Wendy Carlos wrote that – clearly basing it on the “Dies Irae” – which was disturbing almost to the point of being unlistenable…

1 comment:

MattyZ said...

When I was in high school, I taped the Carlos theme directly from the video onto cassette. I then used it for an acting exercise in drama class. I can't recall the purpose, just that everyone was creeped out by my music selection. Of course, most of The Shining soundtrack is selections from Bartok's Music for Strings and Percussion - one of my favorite pieces EVER!!!

And man, that Dies Irae...used by everyone! Sondheim uses it in Sweeney Todd, of course, taking it up a third to get the "Swing your razor" motif. And just the other evening as we were carving pumpkins and watching movies, it was clear that the main theme in The Nightmare Before Christmas borrows directly from those first four notes...go Danny Elfman!