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The Modern Prometheus

Matthew Sweet introduces a selection of film music inspired by the Frankenstein story to mark the release of the film Morgan.

200 years ago this year, a group of English literati, holidaying in Switzerland, which included the poet Lord Byron and his physician Dr John Polidori, Mary Shelley, her step-sister Claire Clairemont, and her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley, decided to pass the summer evenings entertaining each other with the telling of supernatural stories. The seeds were sown for one of the most enduring of all horror tales - Frankenstein.
Matthew Sweet introduces a selection of film music inspired by the Frankenstein story in the week of the release of Luke Scott's debut feature "Morgan". The programme highlights music from the Universal Studios series of films from the '30s and '40s; from the Hammer Collection of the '60s and '70s; and from some of the more recent cinematic incarnations of the story.

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25 minutes

Music Played

  • Thomas Dolby

    Gothic (1987) - Phatasmagoria

  • Bernhard Kaun

    Frankenstein (1931) - Theme

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Barry Wordsworth.
  • Frank Skinner

    Son of Frankenstein (1939) - Monster's Rampage & Finale

    Orchestra: Moscow Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: William T. Stromberg.
  • Life Toward Twilight

    Life Toward Twilight's score for Edison's Frankenstein of 1910 (2008)

  • Hans J. Salter

    Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) - Main Title & Freeing the Monster

    Orchestra: RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Penny.
  • Leonard Salzedo

    The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958) - Main Title

    Conductor: John Hollingsworth. Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.
  • James Bernard

    Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969) - End Credits

    Conductor: John Hollingsworth. Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.
  • Patrick Doyle

    Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994) - The Creation

    Conductor: David Snell. Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.
  • Irving Berlin

    Young Frankenstein (1974) - Puttin On The Ritz

    Singer: Gene Wilder. Singer: Peter Boyle. Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.
  • Maurice Jarre

    The Bride (1985) - Main Theme

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.
  • Franz Waxman

    Bride of Frankenstein (1935) - The Creation & The Tower Explodes

    Orchestra: Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir. Conductor: Kenneth Alwyn.
  • Richard Band

    Bride of Re-animator (1990) - Main Titles

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.
  • Marco Beltrami

    Ben Hur (2016) - Chariots of Fire

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.

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