Danse Macabre is a composition most commonly associated with Halloween, but it’s here for Christmas Eve, and that’s just as well. After all, there is a certain element of mystery and spookiness inherent in the Christmas mythology. It was Christmas Eve when Jacob Marley was visited by a trio of ghosts in A Christmas Carol, the fantastical events of The Nutcracker take place on Christmas Eve and more modern Christmas stories, like the 2011 Doctor Who Christmas special are imbued with a certain sense of danger and magic.
Perhaps none of these stories blend the spirits of Halloween and Christmas quite like Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. It’s available for instant streaming on Netflix right now, so if you’re looking to get into the holiday spirit, that’s a good place to start. Especially if you’re pairing it with “Danse Macabre”.
Danse Macabre, Op. 40 – Camille Saint-Saëns