witches Sabbath


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witch′es' Sab′bath

(or sab′bath),


n.
(in European folklore) a secret rendezvous of witches and sorcerers, characterized by orgiastic rites, dances, feasting, etc.
[1670–80]
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The twisted killer wanted the fifth movement of Hector Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique played at his funeral - a piece that the composer envisaged as a "witches sabbath", where hideous monsters gathered to laugh at a burial.
Conductor and orchestra got into the true spirit of the piece in the second movement (A Ball), and were at full throttle in the last two movements (March to the Scaffold and Dream of a Witches Sabbath), giving a vivid picture of the obsession and intoxication that produced the music.