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The Eve, however, is when the dead are said to be called up from their rest by Old Man Death (who is meant to play a fiddle, but for effect the orchestral soloist plays the more haunting viola). He plays then rattles his boney knuckles on each gravestone to call the skeletons up to dance (xylophone). I won’t tell you the whole story here, but do your homework and find the story and the recording. Now if the whole dance of the dead isn’t satanic then nothing ever will be, but, my word, it’s most entertaining. If you have a friend with a deep, theatrical, rich voice to tell the story, so much the better. I play the viola, but I know I couldn’t do this piece justice; my fingers must be stiffer than Old Man Death’s. Now there is a sobering thought.