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Performed by the National Philharmonic Orchestra, and conducted by the composer, this piece was written and orchestrated in May and June of 1966, "Fahrenheit 451" was Herrmann's first score for director Fran├žois Truffaut. The film was scripted from Ray Bradbury's well-known 1953 novel about a future society in which books are banned and "firemen" are given the task of burning them 451 degrees Fahrenheit is the temperature at which books catch fire and arresting the violators. Meanwhile, the readers have secretly committed to memory one classic per person. The "Prelude" cue title sequence is mysterious and airy with the composer's signature stereo harp arpeggios, ...
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All Music Guide - "Blue" Gene Tyranny
Performed by the National Philharmonic Orchestra, and conducted by the composer, this piece was written and orchestrated in May and June of 1966, "Fahrenheit 451" was Herrmann's first score for director Fran├žois Truffaut. The film was scripted from Ray Bradbury's well-known 1953 novel about a future society in which books are banned and "firemen" are given the task of burning them 451 degrees Fahrenheit is the temperature at which books catch fire and arresting the violators. Meanwhile, the readers have secretly committed to memory one classic per person. The "Prelude" cue title sequence is mysterious and airy with the composer's signature stereo harp arpeggios, steady single glockenspiel bells and high strings -- on the screen we see a montage of 21st-century Britain, life as "some kind of fantastic nursery game...there's a greyness about it" Herrmann. "Fire Engine" is the next cue which is a propelled march, monotonously strident, "aimless music for an aimless life." One of the firemen, Montag his name means Monday in German, falls in love with one of the readers, and we hear the blossoming of their romance in the lovely, rubato waltz cue entitled "The Bedroom" for strings accompanied by arpeggio harps. It ends on a sustained unresolved chord. "Flowers of Fire" is another version of the previous cue, orchestrated with lower strings and eerie harmonies, and depicts the horrifying burning of the books, and early in the movie of an older woman who decides to perish in the fire rather than deny the wisdom that can be shared by anyone through books. "The Road and Finale" begins with a sweet lyrical theme depicting the snow falling at the retreat of the book people hidden in the woods, where they walk about reciting outloud the books they have committed to memory. Herrman called this theme "a full song of humanity." The fireman Montag receives Dicken's "David Copperfield" to remember as he decides to stay with his beloved. The music and film end with several sweeping large chords, which are echoed by other bi-tonal chords, and a final dissonant single chord left hanging in the air suggesting an unknown and uncertain future for the book people by contrast, Bradbury's novel offers a more optimistic outlook. For "Journey to the Center of the Earth," Herrmann "decided to evoke the mood and feeling of inner Earth by using only instruments played in low registers" Herrmann. His unusual orchestra eliminated all strings, and consisted of winds including the Renaissance instrument called the serpent because of its many windings, brass, percussion, many harps, one large Cathedral organ and four electronic organs "to suggest ascent and descent, as well as the mystery of Atlantis." The opening cue is "Mountain Top and Sunrise" with magnificent brass calls, followed by lovely harp arpeggios, orchestral bells, and bright brass sounds and tremendous chords from organs and low brass. "Prelude" is a bi-tonal call-and-response between gradually murkier and descending brass choir and massed organs. The next main cue, "The Grotto," reintroduces the harps in ascending arpeggios with additive winds mildly suggesting Bartok's "The Wooden Prince". The "Salt Slides" are depicted by grainy-textured, suspended cymbal rolls, raucously trilling brass, quickly descending brass lines, and harp glissandi. The music then modulates into quiet, darkly textured chords, suddenly broken with low earthy blasts from the brass. "Atlantis" is built from a deeply reverberant Cathedral organ and vibraphone on a simple minor, Aeolian mode progression that floats in the air. "The Giant Chameoleon and the Fight" creates a primitive, pre-historic atmospheres through a reiterated blast from low winds and brass prophetic of Xenakis' scores or Corigliano's score for "Altered States" with the serpent playing a strange melody in-between. At one point, multiple tympani break loose in a struggle. The ending is a horrifying, steadily ascending mass of sound leading to the last cue "The Shaft and Finale" in which bright chords signal freedom from the underworld. An orchestral suite on this CD was arranged from the composer's filmscore for Ray Harryhausen and Charles Schneer's 1961 film "The Three Worlds of Gulliver," based on Johnathan Swift's famous satirical novel "Gulliver's Travels" of 1726. For the three worlds veiled satires on English social classes -- Wapping England, Lilliput and Brobdingnag -- Herrmann created three ensembles, all heard in the "Overture": a large orchestra which depicts with tongue in cheek 18th-century pomp and circumstance, a miniature world of music-box-like harps and celeste, and low tubas and winds characterizing the giant's world. A "Minuetto-Wapping" Englishmen uproot a Lilliputian forest to grow crops and jolly "Hornpipe" Gulliver catches fish in his "giant's" cap for wind ensemble, celeste and march percussion continue the English ensemble style. "Lilliputians 1 & 2" returns to the second world, beginning with celeste, light strings, sleigh bells and glockenspiel, and then adds lower strings depicting Gulliver in captivity a giant to the Lilliputians. "Victory 1 & 2" are likewise high and low pitched versions of a lilting tune. "Escape" depicts Gulliver's escape from the 2nd world, while "The King's March" is a tiny Lilliputian affair. "Trees" is a noble, rich gavotte for strings, and "The Tightrope," a delightful circus band piece, underscores an acrobatic contest between two Lilliputian candidates campaigning for ministerial positions; one of them falls at the end to the whap of a tambourine. "Lovers" is a lyrical triple-meter ballad for strings filled with longing and sighing gestures, "The Chess Game" is played by the Brobdingnags to low bellowing brass, and "Pursuit" of Gulliver by the giants is very similar to the earlier cue "Escape" except in considerably lower registers. The rousing "Finale" begins with the tiny 2nd world, recalls the giants 3rd world, and merges those two into the 1st English world.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/14/1996
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 028944389920
  • Catalog Number: 443899

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mountain top and sunrise (2:13)
  2. 2 Prelude (2:05)
  3. 3 The grotto (1:03)
  4. 4 Salt slides (2:45)
  5. 5 Atlantis (2:53)
  6. 6 The giant chameleon and the fight (2:02)
  7. 7 The shaft and finale (2:02)
  8. 8 Overture (2:14)
  9. 9 The duel with the skeleton (2:13)
  10. 10 Baghdad (4:00)
  11. 11 Outer Space (1:58)
  12. 12 Radar (2:23)
  13. 13 Gort (0:42)
  14. 14 The Robot (1:55)
  15. 15 Space control (1:18)
  16. 16 Terror (1:58)
  17. 17 Farewell and finale (1:27)
  18. 18 Prelude (1:39)
  19. 19 Fire engine (1:17)
  20. 20 The bedroom (1:50)
  21. 21 Flowers of fire (1:53)
  22. 22 The road and finale (4:06)
  23. 23 Overture (2:26)
  24. 24 Minuetto: Wapping (2:02)
  25. 25 Hornpipe (1:19)
  26. 26 Lilliputians 1 & 2 (3:21)
  27. 27 Victory 1 & 2 (1:27)
  28. 28 Escape (0:39)
  29. 29 The king's march (2:00)
  30. 30 Trees (2:24)
  31. 31 The tightrope (3:02)
  32. 32 Lovers (2:54)
  33. 33 The chess game (1:25)
  34. 34 Pursuit (1:48)
  35. 35 Finale (1:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bernard Herrmann Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Conductor, Drums
National Philharmonic Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Track Performer
Technical Credits
Ray Few Producer
Arthur Lilley Engineer
Tim McDonald Producer
Kenneth Chalmers Liner Notes
Jeremy Tilston Artwork, Art Direction
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