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Danse Macabre

October 27, 2010

Did you have the filmstrip? We had an excellent film strip in music class at Halloween: drawings of skeletons dancing to Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns’s classic scary tune, Danse Macabre.

It was the best filmstrip ever. Every few years I try to track it down. So do other people, according to threads on the Internet. No one can seem to find it. In my quest this year, I found this, which is really fun animation created by someone else, to the same music.

I’m impressed!

We also sang a song that went:

eych, ehy, double el oh, double yu double ee en, spells Halloween. I wish I knew the genesis of that one, too. Does anyone?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Axuve permalink
    October 28, 2010 7:19 am

    Love the video. I almost thought I had found your filmstrip, but sadly it was the Dance Macabre with real people, not drawings!

  2. October 28, 2010 1:03 pm

    We had the filmstrip, though I had forgotten all about it until now. Now I want to see it again! Also I loved the filmstrip where one dinosaur rips out another dinosaur’s guts. It was pretty exciting and gory, for a filmstrip!

  3. Jeanne Brooker permalink
    October 29, 2010 1:44 pm

    Here is the Open Library information on that filmstrip: I know I found out that Idaho State University hs a copy but according to the successor to the original company that created the filmstrip, it was apparently never converted to any other format. I sure wish someone would!

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