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The 1960s: Hammer Horror, Bond and The Beatles

Donald Macleod focuses on British film scores of the 1960s: some using jazz and pop, and others featuring avant-garde music.

Donald Macleod is joined once more by film music expert David Huckvale to explore two completely different musical genres that dominated 1960s British film. On one hand, jazz and pop were beginning to infuse some of the most innovative and popular movies of the decade ? from The Beatles' "Hard Day's Night" to Monty Norman's famous "Bond Theme" and John Barry's music to "The Ipcress File".

And yet in a studio just off Regent Street, ghoulish forces were stirring... Hammer Horror provided a unique environment for British composers to experiment with the latest ideas from the European avant-garde, safe in the knowledge that audiences would accept their harsh dissonances and bizarre soundworlds in the context of terror. David Huckvale discusses the legacy of musical scarers-in-chief Elisabeth Lutyens, Tristram Cary, Benjamin Frankel ? and the 'godfather' of British horror music, James Bernard.

1 hour

Music Played

  • James Bernard

    Curse of Frankenstein

    Orchestra: [unknown].
    • CDI: CDICD002.
    • 16.
  • John Lennon

    A Hard Day's Night

    Performer: Die 12 Cellisten der Berliner Philharmoniker. Composer: Paul McCartney.
    • Teldec:8.255579.
    • 5.
  • John Barry

    Main Title Theme (from The Ipcress File)

    Performer: John Leach.
    • CBS: 2268402.
    • 1.
  • John Barry

    The Lion in Winter - The Herb Garden

    Orchestra: Soundtrack.
    • Varese Sarabande: VSD5217.
    • 9.
  • John Barry

    The Lion in Winter Eya, Eya Nova Gaudia

    Orchestra: Soundtrack.
    • Varese Sarabande: VSD5217.
    • 10.
  • John Barry

    Out of Africa

    Orchestra: Soundtrack.
    • MCA: MCLD 19092.
    • 1.
  • Elisabeth Lutyens

    The Skull - VII end titles

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Jac van Steen.
    • NMC: NMCD073.
    • 21.
  • Elisabeth Lutyens

    The Skull - VI

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Jac van Steen.
    • NMC: NMCD073.
    • 21.
  • The Beatles

    A Hard Day's Night

    • Parlophone: CDP 7464372.
    • 1.
  • James Bernard

    Dracula- Suite from Horror of Dracula

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Neil Richardson.
    • Silva Screen: FILMCD066.
    • 1.
  • Tristram Cary

    Quatermass and the pit

    Orchestra: Soundtrack.
    • GDI: GDICD008.
    • 34.
  • Benjamin Frankel

    Curse of the Werewolf - A Deadly Transformation

    Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Carl Davis.
    • Naxos: 8557850.
    • 8.
  • Monty Norman

    Dr. No Main Theme

    Orchestra: The John Barry Orchestra.
    • capitol records: 523 2942.
    • 1.
  • Sir Cliff Richard & The Shadows

    Summer Holiday

    • Music for Pleasure: CD-MFP 6021.
    • 2.

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