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Frankenstein

Matthew Sweet looks back at film scores composed to convey the wonder and terror of Mary Shelley's great creation in the week of Haifaa al-Mansour's new film biopic of the writer.

Matthew Sweet looks back on film scores composed to convey the wonder and terror of Mary Shelley's great creation in the week of Haifaa al-Mansour's new film biopic of the writer.

As well as featuring music by Amelia Warner for the new film, Matthew also offers musical moments from the 1931 James Whale 'Frankenstein'; 'Mary Shelley's Frankenstein'; 'Son Of Frankenstein'; House Of Frankenstein'; 'Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed'; 'I Frankenstein'; 'Victor Frankenstein'; and the 2015 version of 'Frankenstein'.

The Classic Score of the Week is Franz Waxman's "Bride of Frankenstein'.

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Music Played

  • Thomas Dolby

    Gothic (1986): Opening

    Performer: Thomas Dolby.
    • VIRGIN.
    • CDV2417.
  • Patrick Doyle

    Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994) "The Creation”

    Performer: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: David Snell.
    • EPIC.
    • 4779872.
    • 9.
  • Bernhard Kaun

    Frankenstein (1931) "Titles", “Monster Creation”, “End Titles”

    Performer: Studio Orchestra.
    • Soundtrack Factory.
    • SFCD33554.
    • 2,3,5.
  • Franz Waxman

    Bride Of Frankenstein (1935) "Danse Macabre”, “Creation"

    Performer: Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Kenneth Alwyn.
    • SILVA SCREEN.
    • FILMCD 726.
    • 8, 9.
  • Frank Skinner

    Son of Frankenstein (1939) "Main Titles", “Death of Ygor”

    Performer: Moscow Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: William T. Stromberg.
    • NAXOS.
    • 8557705.
    • 2, 7.
  • Hans Salter

    House Of Frankenstein (1944) "Titles"

    Performer: Moscow Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: William T. Stromberg.
    • NAXOS.
    • 8570188.
    • 2.
  • James Bernard

    Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969) “Opening Titles”, "Finale and End Credits"

    Performer: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: John Hollingsworth.
    • GDI.
    • GDICD011.
  • Johnny Klimek

    I Frankenstein (2014) "Main Titles"

    Performer: Sydney Scoring Orchestra. Conductor: Brett Kelly.
    • Lakeshore Records.
    • LKS343552.
    • 1.
  • Halli Cauthery

    Frankenstein (2015) "Syringe"

    Performer: Studio Orchestra.
    • SCREAMWORKS RECORDS.
    • Download.
    • 1.
  • Craig Armstrong

    Victor Frankenstein (2015) "Finale"

    Performer: Studio Orchestra and Chorus/Cecilia Weston.
    • LA LA LAND RECORDS.
    • 1368.
    • 28.
  • Amelia Warner

    Mary Shelley (2018) "Mary’s Nightmare"

    Performer: Victoria Beaumont (vocals). Performer: Irish Screen Orchestra. Conductor: John Finucane.
    • Globe Soundtrack & Score.
    • Promo.
    • 13.
  • Germaine Franco

    Tag (2018) "Doves Loophole"

    Performer: Studio Orchestra.
    • LAKESHORE.
    • Promo.

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