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What makes a song sound scary?
How can rhythms add to the sense of impending doom?
Why were so many iconic scary music themes written during the Victorian Age?

From Chopin’s “March Funabré” to Saint-Saëns “Danse Macabre,” the Victorian Age gave us many cliché music elements that - to this day - define what sounds scary. Canvas takes a peek behind the dusty velvet curtain to reveal what and why certain rhythms, harmonies and melodies give us the creeps. We cap it all off with an original ghost story about our very own piece of the Victorian Age - an 1880 Steinway Grand piano, named “Lady A.”

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