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Skull in a dark cathedral

Dark Classical Music

»In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.«
-Francis Bacon

  • "Origin" for organ (Free MP3 download):

  • "Lacrymae Mundi" (excerpt, Free MP3 download):

  • Throughout much of Frederik Magle's music runs an undercurrent of darkness.

    Whether you seek out real dark music, or you are fascinated by a gothic atmosphere and horror - or just looking for some scary classical music for Halloween, the following works by Frederik Magle may be what you are searching for...

    (Note: You may use the music on this page freely in non-commercial ways, such as videos (on YouTube, etc.) and other media, as long as you credit Frederik Magle. For commercial use,
    please read the copyright/Creative Commons license details.)

    Dark Music for Symphony Orchestra & Choir

    Gothic womanThe symphonic suite Cantabile consists of three movements of dark classical music about love and death: 'Souffle le vent' (Cry of the Winds) is about lost love, with a tone of despair and melancholy.

    Skeleton - Danse Macabre'Cortège & Danse Macabre' (Funeral Procession & Dance of Death) depicts a procession of the dead dancing towards their grave and the eternal. Dark and ominous music but also with a touch of black humor.

    Thigh bone in Danse Macabre'Cortège & Danse Macabre' is one of the only - if not the only - symphonic works ever to use a real thigh bone as an instrument together with the symphony orchestra! (Can be heard at 0:34 in the YouTube-video, or 1:27 in the MP3):

  • "Cortege & Danse Macabre" (large excerpt) MP3

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      The Third and final movement 'Carillon - Finale' is based on a poem called 'Lacrymae Mundi' (Tears of the World). The part available for free download starts out with an eerie and mournful flowing choir and then builds up to a triumphant finale with the full power of the symphony orchestra, large choir, and pipe organ. Dark classical music in full force.

    • "Carillon" - Lacrymae mundi (excerpt) MP3

        (Right-click the above link to download mp3-file)

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    From reviews of Like a Flame:

    " are alternately shaken and
    stirred by dark, DARK, images
    which fill you with dread"

    "...Listen to it carefully - just in
    small chunks if you're a person of
    nervous disposition and certainly not
    as something to lull you off to sleep.
    It could give you NIGHTMARES."

    "Gothic fantasy"

    "...a strange, sick, fascinating,
    and ghostly universe"


    Frederik Magle playing the pipe organ at Copenhagen Concert Hall 2

    Dark Organ Music

    Frederik Magle has also composed and performed many works for the pipe organ, including the following dark pieces:

    (For higher audio quality, please buy Lament on, iTunes, or other stores.)

    (For higher audio quality, please buy End of the Circle on, iTunes, or other stores.)

      "Odditorium" (from Like a Flame) - A rollercoaster-ride through a weird, spooky, creepy, and sometimes just crazy world...

    • "Odditorium" (whole piece) MP3

      (Right-click the above link to download mp3-file)

      (For higher audio quality, please buy Odditorium on, iTunes, or other stores.)

    Frederik Magle playing the pipe organ at Copenhagen Concert Hall 1

    Frederik Magle, playing live on the pipe organ, September 10, 2011.

    Organ Music for Halloween

    The pipe organ in Riga Cathedral
    A free download of the classic "scary" halloween, haunted mansion, and horror movie favorite; "Toccata and Fugue in D-minor, BWV 565" by Johann Sebastian Bach, performed by Frederik Magle on the grand pipe organ in Riga Cathedral - an organ with 144 ranks and 6718 pipes.

  • "Bach: Toccata & Fugue in D-minor" (whole piece) MP3

    (Left-click the above link to play audio or right-click to download mp3-file)

    Please credit Frederik Magle (e.g.: "J.S.Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D-minor, BWV 565, performed by Frederik Magle") if you use this recording in your own videos, webpages, etc. For commercial use, please contact Frederik Magle.

    More dark and scary organ music...


    Dark Piano Music

    Impromptu for piano No. 5 (free improvisation, evocation):

    Ragnarok March for piano is a dark piano piece, despicting a march towards the end of the world; 'ragnarok', 'armageddon', the apocalypse - and the rise of the dead....

    Frederik Magle conducting at Copenhagen Concert Hall 2

    Frederik Magle conducting symphony orchestra in the Copenhagen Concert Hall, September 10, 2011.

    Frederik Magle conducting at Copenhagen Concert Hall 1

    Other Dark Music & Horror Film Music

    Loneliness and Loss (Alone... so alone. A feeling of hopelessness, sadness, and fear - overwhelmed by a dark truth):

      (There's a chilling... surprise... inside. This is horror music, you have been warned.)

    Tenderness - Despair - Inevitability...:

    Death - Sad but beautiful, calm and angelic yet eerie. A voice of light heard through the dark whispers of the dead:

    Halloween Music

    The Halloween Present – Scary music for Halloween and all other "frightening" occasions, inspired by tales of vampires, werewolves, ghouls, zombies, monsters, evil scientists, and other creatures of the dark – with a touch of humor. The music was composed right before Halloween, but is meant for the whole year; the ghosts and the undead never rest...

    Create your own scary video

    Create your own scary, grotesque and/or dark-humored video with "The Halloween Present" as soundtrack (feel free to upload it to your YouTube channel, etc.) and send the link to Frederik Magle (contact). The best videos will be shared with Frederik Magle's 11,000+ fans on his facebook page and here on this page (below). All other videos will receive honorable mention. Just remember to credit Frederik Magle as the composer.


    Dark Fusion

    Polyphony is a fusion of rock/metal and contemporary classical music.

    "Polyphony" (excerpt) MP3

      (Right-click the above link to download mp3-file)

    Buy Polyphony as MP3 (256 kbps), FLAC lossless audio, or Apple lossless audio (ALAC).


    War Music

    The battle of CopenhagenThe following work depicts the battle of Copenhagen in 1801. It was commissioned by the Royal Danish Navy for the 200th anniversary to commemorate the losses and lament the horrors of the gruesome battle:

    "The Hope" for brass band, choir, organ and percussion (free mp3, wav, flac, and apple lossless downloads of the entire 14 minutes work)

    "The Hope" (whole piece) MP3

    (Left-click the above link to play audio or right-click to download mp3-file)



    All music is © Frederik Magle. You may use the music made available for download on this page freely (royalty free) for personal and non-commercial use (including non-commercial YouTube videos, etc.) as long as you credit Frederik Magle.

    Any kind of commercial use requires prior permission by Frederik Magle, except Ragnarok March, Loneliness, Inevitability, Vision of Beauty, and The Halloween Present which are licensed under Creative Commons and may be used commercially for free without prior permission as long as Frederik Magle is credited.

    More dark classical music and Halloween music by Frederik Magle will be added to this page when new recordings are released. Subscribe to Frederik Magle's Newsletter to get updates and more free music.


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