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11:38:39 PM Jul 18th 2010
Possible trope, but I don't know the name:

People (largely, if not entirely, because of Fantasia) tend to think of "Night on Bare Mountain" as being about Hallowe'en, but Mussorgsky actually wrote it about Midsummer's Eve. (Or perhaps Walpurgisnacht.)
11:45:45 PM Jul 18th 2010
According to The Other Wiki, Night on Bald Mountain (or "Bare Mountain" if you so prefer) is actually about St. John's Eve — so I was wrong, but only by two days! :-)

01:19:34 AM Jul 19th 2010
edited by Tannhaeuser
Actually, you are not wrong at all. St. John's Eve used to be Midsummer's Eve, but the Precession of the Equinoxes (that troublesome phenomenon) has shifted summer two days back since the Church calendar was set.
04:07:14 AM Mar 24th 2011
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Surprised there's no mention of the original (i.e. racist) verison of the pastoral symphony segment, must be several tropes relating to it, old shame at the very least.
06:54:26 AM Sep 12th 2011
According to Deems Taylor, it is Walpurgisnacht, since it's basically Halloween on the very eve of May Day.
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