"the noise of witches"
The Arrival at the Sabbath and the Homage to the Devil (c.1780)
Public DomainThe Arrival at the Sabbath and the Homage to the Devil (c.1780) - Credit: Antoine Francois Saint-Aubert
  
 
 
Saul and the Witch of Endor (detail) (1526) (351 * 232)
 

In keeping with their gnarled appearances, the voices of witches are generally held to be shrill and rasping, their speech frequently punctuated with eldritch shieks and cackles. Margaret Hamilton, playing the Wicked Witch of the West in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, gives a demonstration par excellence in the clip below. Classical fans may enjoy the high camp of Hector Berlioz's musical rendering of a witches' Sabbath from his Symphonie Fantastique. This recording is accompanied by a quirky, surreal animation.