Dracula [Motion Picture Score]

Dracula [Motion Picture Score]

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by Philip Glass
     
 
Perhaps because it was released during the transition between silent films and "talking pictures," no music was ever composed for "Dracula" (1931), starring Bela Lugosi -- not until now, that is. To accompany the new video release of this horror classic, Universal Pictures commissioned Philip Glass to compose a score. Glass said he used

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Perhaps because it was released during the transition between silent films and "talking pictures," no music was ever composed for "Dracula" (1931), starring Bela Lugosi -- not until now, that is. To accompany the new video release of this horror classic, Universal Pictures commissioned Philip Glass to compose a score. Glass said he used the sound of a string quartet to evoke "the world of the 19th century," and that he wanted to "stay away from the obvious effects associated with horror films." With music that's at once grand and intimate, the composer's trademark use of repetition provides an appropriately portentous and oppressive mood. A brooding lyricism not only enhances the eerie atmosphere of the visual images, it fits perfectly with Lugosi's old-world elegance. Beautifully played by the Kronos Quartet and richly recorded at Lucasfilms's Skywalker Ranch, this is one film score you can sink your teeth into.

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All Music Guide
Do not expect scary music for a scary film. Philip Glass' 1999 soundtrack for the 1931 film Dracula is a well-executed piece of work, notably for many of its stylistic choices. There is nothing particularly scary or frightening about the music -- the horror and thrill of the project is left to the imagery and drama of the film itself. The music in absolutely beautiful, augmented by the raw, woody sounds of the Kronos Quartet. No refined or reverbed string sounds here; you hear the naked, scratchy sound of a bow on a string all the way through, playing in the interwoven arpeggiated style that is unmistakably Glass. Complex chord structures and dense rhythms permeate the record, making it musically satisfying for both the pedestrian and the sophisticate ear. This will certainly stand out as one of the premiere works in Glass' soundtrack portfolio. ~ Mark W. B. Allender

Product Details

Release Date:
08/31/1999
Label:
Nonesuch
UPC:
0075597954227
catalogNumber:
79542

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In an almost perfect collaboration, Philip Glass and the Kronos Quartet present an extrememely listenable atmospheric album. Great background music for reading, studying, sleeping, or concentrated listening. Not just generic background movie music, this album is a work of art that you will not get tired of listening to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently rented the Dracula video with the added film score. When the first note of the soundtrack sounded, I knew this would be something special. I am already a fan of Philip Glass, and what he was able to bring to this movie was brilliant. Scenes that had before been so emotionally neutral, now came alive with an added depth. Mr. Glass trully has written a classic score for a classic movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This score sparked my interest enough to look into the music of Philip Glass. It has become over time an indespensible piece of music to me. As I have grown to love the music of Philip Glass, I now find this score to be one of the finest pieces of music he has composed and it is my personal favorite. Some people find that Glass's proclivity for writing film scores diminishes the grandiousity of his accomplishments, but I say that he is doing a great service to the world of film, music and art in general. As he has grown as a composer, I see him as contemporary Shostakovich or Beethoven--perhaps just as brilliant. Seriously, I am in love with classical music, and I don't know if I had to choose between throwing away Beethoven's 9th or this piece which one I would choose. This piece stands alone, but coupled with the film, you can percieve a dark but high beauty with which I can compare few other works of art. Don't be cheap! Buy It!