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Violent classical music?

I'm looking for similar masterpieces to:

Edvard Grieg's In The Hall Of The Mountain King


Richard Wagner's Ride of The Valkyries

Ye know, those violence inducing classical manifestos...

1812 Symphony

Wagner whole Das Ring from which Ride of the Valkyries comes.

Try out Olivier Messiaen's music.

I am not sure I agree with your characterization of these pieces as "violence inducing." But music of a similar vein would be:
Prokofiev - Scythian Suite "The Enemy god and the dance of the Spirits of Darkness."
Or perhaps Holst's "Mars the Bringer of War."

Le Sacre Du Printemps (The Rite Of Spring)
composed by Igor Stravinsky.
It makes 'Hall of The Mountain King' sound almost peaceful in comparison.
You can get the composer himself conducting this with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra[Sony 1960]

Did anyone mention The Rite of Spring?

And then there is the Infernal Dance of The Firebird.

Both are composed by Igor Stravinsky.

Edit: Oh, mephistopheles already mentioned it...

The "Sabre Dance" by Khachaturian from Gayane is literally a dance, but sounds far more dangerous.

John Corigliano's Symphony No. 1 has a "Tarantella" for it's second movement, (sadly but terrifyingly)depicting the the screaming madness that accompanies AIDS-related dementia.

"Mazeppa" from Liszt's Transcendental Etudes is about a Cossack tied to a wild horse, which was expected to gallop both of them to their deaths.

The Wolf's Glen scene from Weber's opera "Der Freiscutz" has a demon being summoned, wheels of fire rolling about the woods, magic bullets being cast, and the winds of Hell sweeping across the scene.

The Dies Irae from Verdi's "Requiem" does a nice job depicting the Judgement Day. I don't think canon are actually used as percussion, but he hardly needs them when he cuts loose with pretty much every instrument and voice in the classical arsenal.

Hmm. Violent music. I suggest a few to you.

The "Hut on Fowl's Leg" from Pictures at an Exhibition is quite violent.
Composed by Mussorgsky, Orchestrated by Ravel.

Max Bruch's Violin Concerto 3rd movement has violent parts on violin.

Beethoven Symphony no. 9, 2nd movement

Dvorak symphony no. 9, 4th movement.

Marche Slave by Tachaikovsky

Vivaldi: 4 seasons: Summer - presto

I'm not too sure whether these are "violent" enough for you. I definitely agree that Mars the Bringer of War by Holst and The Rite of Spring by Stravinsky are violent pieces.