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Happy Halloween from HWY 89

Happy Halloween from all of us at the station! Our treat to you this year are four Halloween-mood-inducing musical excerpts from our Highway 89 music program. Enjoy!


BYU YOUNG AMBASSADOR SHOWBAND

The BYU Young Ambassador Showband tests your knowledge of Halloween-esque TV and Movie themes with this Halloween Medley Mashup below. Also, don’t miss our rebroadcast of the Showband’s full performance at 10pm EST on BYU Radio this October 31st. 

Listen to the Young Ambassadors Halloween Medley (9MB)


DIE ERLKONIG

Perhaps one of the creepiest compositions in all the classical repertoire, Die Erlkonig is the musical telling of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s poem of the same name. Franz Schubert wrote the music and then Franz Liszt transcribed it for piano. The piece tells the terrifying tale of an anxious young boy riding home on horseback at night with his father. The son seems to see and hear beings that his father does not. The son tries to warn his father but is told that it is all just a wisp of fog, the rustling of leaves, or the shimmering willows. But at the end the child shrieks that he has been attacked and falls dead—scary!

BYU Professor Robin Hancock performed Die Erlkonig during his 2013 HWY performance.

Listen to Robin Hancock perform Die Erlkonig (9MB)


DEEP LOVE A GHOSTLY FOLK OPERA

One of our most popular HWY89 episodes features the cast of “Deep Love: A Ghostly Folk Opera” performing a special just-for-BYU Radio version of the stage show. Singers Ryan Hayes and Jon Peter Lewis, of the folk duo Midas Whale, perform alongside show creator Garrett Sherwood and former NBC “The Voice” contestants Amy Whitcomb and Savannah Berry. Turn off all but your porch light, put the candy tub beside you, and enjoy this musical journey through passion, obsession, dark deeds, bad intentions and love beyond the grave.


FUNERAL MARCH OF A MARIONETTE

Charles Gounod’s composition, “Funeral March of a Marionette” was used as the theme music for the 1950’s television program “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.” In this excerpt a clarinet ensemble, known as The Forward 4, performs a special arrangement of the piece.

Listen to Funeral March of a Marionette (5MB)

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