Made famous by the terrifying stabbing music accompanying the notorious shower scene, Herrmann’s soundtrack for Psycho was written for strings rather than full symphonic forces, mirroring the black-and-white cinematography of the film. Hitchcock himself said that ‘33% of the effect of Psycho was due to the music.’
1931’s Dracula, directed by Tod Browning and starring Bela Lugosi, is still considered a definitive portrayal of the eponymous vampire. Philip Glass wrote his 1998 score for Dracula for the Kronos Quartet. Here it is expanded for string orchestra, with the addition of a piano, a part Glass played himself alongside the Kronos Quartet in live performances accompanying the film.
Though Mahler left what amounts to a complete arrangement of Schubert’s Death and the Maiden, he himself conducted only the second movement Andante con moto, at a concert in Hamburg in 1894.
His annotated score was given by the composer’s daughter to musicologist Donald Mitchell, who, together with composer David Matthews, created a performing edition of the full work.
PerformersCovent Garden Sinfonia
RepertoirePhilip Glass: Dracula Suite
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