Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op. 3, No. 2, is one of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s most famous compositions. It is a ternary (ABA) prelude for piano in C-sharp minor, 62 bars long, and part of a set of five pieces entitled Morceaux de fantaisie.
This piece has a dramatic, haunting feel, making it great for Halloween videos, horror or suspense movies, and dark, dramatic scenes. In “The Exorcism of Emily Rose,” Emily Rose is seen playing the piece: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJ7Q1CdUj0w and in “Shine,” the piece is used in a dark, dramatic, slow-motion scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqmDDOm15gQ
In popular music, the Rachmaninoff Prelude has been sampled by the Beastie Boys “Intergalactic” and En Vogue in “Love Won’t Take Me Out.”
Sample Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBUm13lTp4Y
Video Credit: “DARK MATTERS: HauntedWorx Collection V1” by PHANTAZMA