Winter Concert Resources

This Is Halloween

from "The Nightmare Before Christmas"

Danny Elfman (arr. Kazik)

I hate making cosmic comments like this, but I just let [the music] do what it wants to do.
— Danny Elfman

Danny Elfman is famous for writing many of the scores to the films of Tim Burton. One of his most famous works is his score to "The Nightmare Before Christmas." A full recording of the song "This is Haloween" from that movie can be found below, as well as individual parts for practice.

Below are parts 1 through 3 of an interview with Danny Elfman done around the time The Nightmare Before Christmas was released. Interesting fact: Danny Elfman himself was the voice of Jack Skeleton, acting and singing in the film...

Game of Thrones


Ramin Djawadi (arr. Moore)

Iā€™m just trying to create something magical.
— Ramin Djawadi

Ramin Djawadi is a German/Iranian composer, and a rising star in the world of film and television music. In addition to writing the all the music for Game of Thrones, he has also written the music for the movies Iron Man, Warcraft, Clash of the Titans and Pacific Rim, as well as the television shows Prison Break, Person of Interest and Westworld.

The full music for the arrangement of the theme from Game of Thrones we will be playing is available below, as well as individual parts for practice.

Below, you can hear several interviews with Djawadi about how he how he became a composer, how he thinks about music, and his artistic process.

Below is a live rehearsal of some of Djawadi's music from the Game of Thrones Concert Experience with Djawadi playing organ (and live smoke and fireworks!).