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Why does some classical music scare us? Is it loud noises, creepy sounds, or the terrifying stories music can tell? Find out which composers and pieces make us quiver with fear...
Grieg's masterpiece of tension-building was supposed to evoke a cave full of trolls, gnomes and goblins. Grieg himself wasn't a huge fan, though: "For the Hall of the Mountain King I have written something that so reeks of cowpats, ultra-Norwegianism, and 'to-thyself-be-enough-ness' that I can't bear to hear it, though I hope that the irony will make itself felt."
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