Scary Music
De Boself

Scary music that's also classical piano music is a great idea! Your students, like mine, will find this free printable piano music for dark nights lots of fun.




The video above is almost exactly like the version I have here.

This music was kindly shared with me by piano teacher and composer/arranger Tabitha S. Kierszka of the Netherlands. Here is what she says about it:

"This is a scary little piece. The original title was Neckender Kobold, or The Merry/Happy Kobold, by Theodor Oesten (19th century).

"I have doubled the note values, quarters instead of 8ths, otherwise it is unchanged. It has the flavour of Schubert's Erlkonig, and it can be played really exciting if it can be mastered at speed with all the dynamics."

Music for Halloween De Boself


The Merry Kobold, by Theodor Oesten


Download scary music De Boself, free classical sheet music


So Tabitha made it easier to read
- a good idea for students whose playing ability is beyond their rhythm-reading ability (most piano students).

There is lots of tension in this scary music! That allows your student to play with drama. Though the music sounds difficult, it is much easier to play than your student might think.  And kids enjoy it!

Make sure they are acquainted with chord inversions for the left hand as shown in the cadence progressions of these free "Key of --" sheets, and then they will find the Em chords changing to the Am and suspended Em chords easy and fun.

This music was written about the antics or mischief of a kind of elf-like being, a sprite.  From Wikipedia:

"The kobold (occasionally cobold) is a sprite stemming from Germanic mythology and surviving into modern times in German folklore. Although usually invisible, a kobold can materialise in the form of an animal, fire, a human being, and a candle. The most common depictions of kobolds show them as humanlike figures the size of small children. Kobolds who live in human homes wear the clothing of peasants; those who live in mines are hunched and ugly; and kobolds who live on ships smoke pipes and wear sailor clothing."

Thank you, Tabitha, for this easy-to-read version of The Merry Kobold!




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