HARLINGEN, Texas – James Whale’s film classic from 1931, Frankenstein, starring Boris Karloff, was released without a musical score.
This was the case for many films in the early days of the “talkies.”
However, in the case of Frankenstein, composer Michael Shapiro wrote a 70-minute score to be played simultaneously with a screening of the movie. Shapiro was commissioned to do so in 2002 by the Boris Koutzen Foundation. It has received over 50 performances worldwide.
The overture of the full orchestral version was recorded by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in the United Kingdom.
Here is my interview with Shapiro about his Frankenstein musical score:
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