Probably one of the more frightening (and creepy) songs in the Lieder repertoire is Schubert’s Der Erlkönig, D328 (1815). Translated as “The Erlking”, “King of the Alders” or Elf-king, this poem by Goethe tells the story of a boy riding home on horseback in his father’s arms. The boy becomes frightened when he is courted by the Elf-King, a powerful and creepy supernatural being. The boy’s father, however, cannot see or hear the creature and tells the boy that his imagination is playing tricks on him. The boy grows increasingly terrified by what he hears from the Erl-King, but his father tells him that the things he thinks he sees and hears are only the sights and sounds of nature on a dark and stormy night. When the Erl-King eventually seizes the boy, the father spurs on his horse, but when he arrives home his son is dead.