'Hellish' Band Music

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by yogi1000, Aug 20, 2009.

  1. yogi1000

    yogi1000 Member

    I need of a bit of help!

    Does anyone know of any pieces of music for band that are 'Hellish?'

    Ideally, any pieces that counjour up images of hell or the underworld, that kind of thing. Alternatively, what pieces are 'hellish' to play and why?

    Any comments and thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
  2. dyl

    dyl Active Member

  3. fartycat

    fartycat Member

    Devils Gallop

    1st Movement of Cry of the Celts

    The arrangement of the film music from Gladiators
  4. Eb master

    Eb master Member

    Christmas Crackers

    (The arrangement of the film music from Gladiators - Barbarian Horde)
  5. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    Mars from Holst's suite 'the planets' has that kind of sound to it, as does the rite of spring by Stravinsky.

    The movement 'Fire' from last year's 1st section area piece 'Pentacle' was pretty hellish. (Both to play and to listen to....)

    Anything that contains the correct elements of chaos and fury should fit the bill. A lot of dissonance - particularly tritones, and especially if combined with an irregular time signature will usually tend to sound dark and nasty.

    Journey to the centre of the earth?


    Bat out of hell....?

    (That's enough rambling now. ed.)
  6. FlugelD

    FlugelD Member

    Danse Macabre on both counts, if taken at speed...:(
  7. HaleStorm

    HaleStorm Member

    Night on Bear Mountain - see the end of Disney's Fantasia - There is a Brass Arrangment i think
  8. tubafran

    tubafran Active Member

    ^ what Geraint said and it's arranged by Derek Ashmore, Hallamshire Music though it's quite long 9mins
  9. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    ^^ I believe it may also be entitled "Night on the Bare Mountain" - which does admittedly change the meaning somewhat!

    Although is still probably better than Mussorgsky's original title "Night on Bald mountain." (Something to do with a translation from russian I believe...)
  10. BariPower

    BariPower Member

    There is a piece on the Wingates Extremes CD called Kronos - known as Satan in some cultures and mephistopheles is an associated name with demons/devils.
    Maybe someone has arranged the Exorcist theme out there!!
  11. BariPower

    BariPower Member

    Oh and theres a piece called Wicked on the cd - its quite funky!
  12. andyp

    andyp Active Member

    Entry Of the Gods Into Valhalla (Wagner). - takes some playing though.
  13. HaleStorm

    HaleStorm Member

    Well i got the letters right, just not the order they come in :p
  14. fartycat

    fartycat Member

    Witches Sabbath by Berlioz, think Howard Snell has done the arrangement
  15. Accidental

    Accidental Supporting Member

    Faust ballet music - especially the finale
    The Firebird - Infernal Dance
    The Downfall of Lucifer
    Danse Macabre
    Devil's Duel
    Devil's Gallop
    Tam O Shanter's Ride

    and anything that involves first section bands having to play any more Vinter in the next decade.......!
  16. KMJ Recordings

    KMJ Recordings Supporting Member

    Not sure if Howard's done one as well, but there are arrangements by Roy Newsome and Peter Parkes.
  17. Eb master

    Eb master Member

    High school musical
  18. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    Same piece as "Night on Bare mountain" I believe?

    Not sure what's the correct title in this case as Mussorgsky's work appears to have gone through a rather convoluted process in getting to the stage so either could be equally correct.

    As an aside, I've never understood why so many brass band transcriptions have the wrong names. The Cortege from 'Mlada' by Rimsky Korsakov became "Procession of the nobles." Likewise The dance of the Knights from Prokoffiev's 'Romeo and Juliet' became "Montagues and Capulets."

    Is there any particular reason? Copyright for example?
  19. Danse Macabre
    Arr. Gavin Somerset

    A full arrangement of the spectacular work by Saint-Saens. Certainly a test for any top section band, both technically and rhythmically. Every section has an important role to play (yes, even Bass Trombone!). The main theme was used in the BBC's drama "Jonathan Creek", letting the audience recognise the piece immediately. Great as an alternative to an overture concert piece, this is one for every player of the band to get their teeth stuck into.

    Full score & parts: £23.95
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  20. themusicalrentboy

    themusicalrentboy Active Member