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Michael Shapiro

Michael Shapiro

Subtitle: The Movie Score

General Info

Year: 2002
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Paumanok Press
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental


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Program Notes

Michael Shapiro was commissioned in 2001 by the Chappaqua Orchestra’s Boris Koutzen Memorial Fund to write the movie score for the classic film Frankenstein (1931) directed by James Whale and starring Colin Clive and Boris Karloff. The world premiere of the work with live orchestra and film occurred in October 2002 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Jacob Burns Film Center in New York and since its premiere has received nearly 30 productions worldwide.

Unlike The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), with its lush score by Franz Waxman, the original Frankenstein was produced without a movie score. Many critics, such as Leonard Maltin, have remarked that Frankenstein is badly in need of music. Mr. Shapiro’s 70-minute score is written to be played under the dialogue of the film. For modern day moviegoers, Mr. Shapiro’s haunting music adds significantly to the emotional impact of the film.

- Program Note from publisher


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