“IT’S ALIVE!” A Modern Composer Breathes New Life into a Horror Classic

October 31, 2020, 8:00 am

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Soundtrack celebrates Halloween with a plastic-pumpkin-full playlist of scary favorites: classic, contemporary, and a little bit of both!

Michael Shapiro’s Frankenstein: The Movie Score was created to be performed simultaneously with the classic 1931 talkie starring Colin Clive and Boris Karloff and directed by James Whale.  Although the original movie has sound, Frankenstein had no film score since the technology did not then exist for a second track of music to be embedded on celluloid.  Frankenstein:The Movie Score is a 70-minute symphonic film score composed as if it were a one act opera, enhancing  the drama and propelling it to its terrifying and tragic conclusion. The overture, featured on today’s episode, bows to operatic tradition and incorporates themes from the whole work into a dynamic 3 minutes that thrusts the audience immediately into the horrifying tale. Check out more information on Frankenstein: The Movie Score https://michaelshapiro.com/frankenstein/

Today’s broadcast also includes Michael Phillips sharing a cinematic thriller by Michael Abels.   Special Guest Contributor Candice Agree brings a scary treat, a musical mash-up of  Franz Liszt and  Jerry Goldsmith! Gaming Monster Greg Broderick scares us to pieces, and frequent Soundtrack partner Dave Schwann joins in the fun with a campy classic by Franz Waxman.  Spine tingling holiday delights by Danny Elfman (and a little surprise from a TV classic) round out today’s Spook-tacular playlist.