can anyone tell me if there is a cd available
that has the classic universal horror film music scores on ?
ie "house of frankenstein/dracula " etc ?
many thanks guys
As far as Universal horror film music, I would highly recommend a couple of recordings on the Marco Polo/Naxos label. One features suites from The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man Returns and Son of Frankenstein. Another features the complete score of House of Frankenstein , composed by Hans Salter and Paul Dassau. These are not original tracks but stunningly faithful recreations of the scores. I noticed their availability at Amazon UK but I'm sure there are other outlets as well.
Hope these links work. If not, go to Amazon, music department, and search Wolf Man and House of Frankenstein.
Click here: Salter - House of Frankenstein: Hans J. Salter, William T. Stromberg, Moscow Symphony Orchestra: Amazon.co.uk: Mus
Click here: Amazon.co.uk: the wolf man: Music
will send of for these .
Howard, there's another one in the series you might like too, with The Ghost of Frankenstein, Son of Dracula, Black Friday, Man Made Monster and Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror on it:
Skinner.Salter: Classic Scores of Mystery & Horror: Hans J. Salter, William T. Stromberg, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra: Amazon.co.uk: Music
There was also an LP with the original soundtrack score from The Ghost of Frankenstein and a medley of horror themes which had been culled from Hans J. Salter's own collection. I doubt this is still easily available though.
i noticed this one on amazon.was hoping for "house of dracula"
guess it will appear at some point ?
regards to you
The score for House of Dracula was really a patchwork of cues from earlier films, e.g. the main title was a re-recording of the Son of Frankenstein main title and so sadly I think it's unlikely to be released. I know efforts have been made to recreate the score for Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein, which was an original one by Frank Skinner.
Although I cannot help completely, I do think that the most effective piece of music to be played was for the Bella Lugosi version of Dracula. It was from Swan Lake by Tchaikovsy. But it did not come accross for me so well, when they used for The Mummy.
That's right, alan. Universal used it too for Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932) and Secret of the Blue Room (1932). I'd certainly go for a release of the music for The Mummy because as well as the Swan Lake adaptation, there was some effective original scoring by James Dietrich which I've always liked.
I am glad it is not just me who may think along these lines. it does seem howevr, that years ago. the world of established classical music was commonplace. Sometimes it could be just as effective as specially written material.
I did not know whether to mention that in case I was digressifying too much. Which sometimes I do. In actual fact, as we are, I did hear someone say that the definition of an intellectual, was one who could listen to the last movement of The William Tell Overture without thinking of The Lone Ranger.
Universal's The Black Cat (1934) had a score which was adapted by Heinz Roemheld from works by Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Chopin, Bach, Beethoven and Schumann with organ music by Schubert.
Hi Howard. Many moons ago I got a quite long cassette tape which has the Universal horror themes on and makes for good listening.