I was just recently talking about that theme and where it came from but nobody in the converstion had any idea.  Another familiar theme is the chase theme that's always used, (ahem), I'll sing it for you: 
daddladlum, daddladum, daddladdladdladdladdladdladlum, daddladlum, daddladum, daddladdladdladdladdladdladlum....etc.  Does anyone recognize it?


On Tuesday, November 4, 2014 1:09 AM, Malcolm Rockwell <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Thanks for this, Chris.
When I was in my teens I was given a book of sheet music by an older 
Jewish couple in the Bronx, where I went to school. It was silent movie 
themes indexed by emotion rather than song title. The book is long gone 
but I've been hoping it would cross my path again. The Remick and Fox 
books come very close, but neither is the book I'm looking for and I 
cannot remember either the title or the compiler.
The Fox, which is online, complete, is a great asset to me. Not only 
does it have the sheet music, but there are midi files, as well. Very cool!


On 11/3/2014 6:03 PM, Chris Bishop wrote:
> A friend has asked me what is the source of this Halloween-type musical
> phrase.
> Variations are used to cue a spooky mood in countless songs and films,
> here's just one example:
> The article linked to below points to two possible sources - the silent
> movie composer John Stepan Zamecnik, and the *Remick Folio of Moving
> Picture Music vol. I*, published March 24, 1914, by Jerome H. Remick & Co.,
> New York and Detroit and compiled and edited by J. Bodewalt Lampe.
> I'd like to see the sheet music from the folio. Is there a prior source in
> classical music, or a recording from the early 20th Century?
> Thanks