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Monday, November 5, 2007

Post-Halloween Post

A super-easy way to get your kids excited about classical music and listening to it is to take advantage of the holidays! Think about all of the classical music that is associated with the holidays. I immediately think of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, Handel's Messiah, and Saint-Saen's Danse Macabre. That's just off the top of my head. There are scads more!

This year, on Halloween our local classical radio station played "spooky" classical music all day. One of the pieces they played is an old favorite of mine, Danse Macabre, by Camille Saint-Saens. I remember first hearing this piece in a music class in fifth grade. We also learned how to spell Halloween by singing along with the song: "H-A-double L-O-W-double E-N spells Halloween". Try it now if you're still up for some Halloween fun or put it on your list for next year. I know Halloween's over, but I can't resist bringing it home for my girls to dance along to. Especially since we only caught the tail-end of the song on the radio.

Happy Halloween! (I know, I'm a little late)


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