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Torn Curtain

Bernard Herrmann, Joel McNeely, National Philharmonic Orchestra

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Alfred Hitchcock's film Torn Curtain had two scores written, but only one was used. The music heard in the film was written by John Addison, but an alternate score by famed cinematic composer Bernard Herrmann has also been released on CD no less than three times, Alfred Hitchcock's Torn Curtain: The Unused Score. The legend of the scores is that Herrmann refused to craft his composition toward the director's and studio's preferred pop direction. After an amazing nine efforts, Hitchcock and Herrmann parted ways after collaborating on some of the most famous soundtrack music of all time, including that for Psycho, Vertigo, and North by Northwest. The Addison version is about half as long, probably due to resultant time constraints. "Main Title" is sweeping with some jazzy hints, while "Love Theme" sounds like most upbeat romantic cues of the time. Whereas Herrmann's unused score has moody and paranoid undertones throughout (as befitting a 1966 Cold War drama), Addison's only occasionally repeats those darker motifs. Herrmann's, with so many more cues and subsidiary pieces, provided a much deeper musical experience. So soundtrack fans are presented with a wonderful debate: which score is better? The one used is top-notch, but the unused has cache and a lot more music. While Addison used melody to propel the story ahead, Herrmann chose to forgo Hollywood's melodic conventions to further a brooding mood. The soundtrack to Torn Curtain shows that the tensions between producers and artists is universal and that the corporate needs with regard to film music are probably as old as film itself. Like with Orson Welles' unsuccessful struggle to make The Lady From Shanghai (and its music) more alienating and frightful, Bernard Herrmann was unsuccessful in forcing his musical vision upon Hitchcock. The used score is undeniably lesser, but also a good piece of work. The two scores together make for an interesting history lesson for the students of film music. Highly recommended to anyone who studies the craft of film music or Hollywood film production.
© JT Griffith /TiVo

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1
Prelude
00:02:20

Joel McNeely, Conductor - National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Bernard Herrmann, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1998 Varese Sarabande Records

2
The Ship
00:00:56

Joel McNeely, Conductor - National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Bernard Herrmann, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1998 Varese Sarabande Records

3
The Radiogram
00:02:30

Joel McNeely, Conductor - National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Bernard Herrmann, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1998 Varese Sarabande Records

4
The Hotel
00:01:03

Joel McNeely, Conductor - National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Bernard Herrmann, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1998 Varese Sarabande Records

5
The Phone
00:02:03

Joel McNeely, Conductor - National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Bernard Herrmann, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1998 Varese Sarabande Records

6
The Bookstore
00:02:18

Joel McNeely, Conductor - National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Bernard Herrmann, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1998 Varese Sarabande Records

7
The Book
00:01:49

Joel McNeely, Conductor - National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Bernard Herrmann, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1998 Varese Sarabande Records

8
Valse Lente
00:02:48

Joel McNeely, Conductor - National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Bernard Herrmann, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1998 Varese Sarabande Records

9
The Travel Desk
00:01:19

Joel McNeely, Conductor - National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Bernard Herrmann, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1998 Varese Sarabande Records

10
The Blurring
00:00:31

Joel McNeely, Conductor - National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Bernard Herrmann, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1998 Varese Sarabande Records

11
Hotel Berlin
00:01:06

Joel McNeely, Conductor - National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Bernard Herrmann, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1998 Varese Sarabande Records

12
Sarah
00:01:12

Joel McNeely, Conductor - National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Bernard Herrmann, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1998 Varese Sarabande Records

13
Dawn
00:00:51

Joel McNeely, Conductor - National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Bernard Herrmann, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1998 Varese Sarabande Records

14
Gromek
00:01:53

Joel McNeely, Conductor - National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Bernard Herrmann, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1998 Varese Sarabande Records

15
The Farmhouse
00:02:11

Joel McNeely, Conductor - National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Bernard Herrmann, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1998 Varese Sarabande Records

16
The Killing
00:02:03

Joel McNeely, Conductor - National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Bernard Herrmann, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1998 Varese Sarabande Records

17
The Body
00:02:48

Joel McNeely, Conductor - National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Bernard Herrmann, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1998 Varese Sarabande Records

18
The Street
00:00:38

Joel McNeely, Conductor - National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Bernard Herrmann, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1998 Varese Sarabande Records

19
The Toast
00:00:58

Joel McNeely, Conductor - National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Bernard Herrmann, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1998 Varese Sarabande Records

20
The Photos
00:02:11

Joel McNeely, Conductor - National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Bernard Herrmann, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1998 Varese Sarabande Records

21
The Sausage
00:00:37

Joel McNeely, Conductor - National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Bernard Herrmann, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1998 Varese Sarabande Records

22
The Fall
00:00:25

Joel McNeely, Conductor - National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Bernard Herrmann, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1998 Varese Sarabande Records

23
The Cab Driver
00:01:02

Joel McNeely, Conductor - National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Bernard Herrmann, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1998 Varese Sarabande Records

24
The Hill
00:02:16

Joel McNeely, Conductor - National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Bernard Herrmann, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1998 Varese Sarabande Records

25
The Search
00:00:40

Joel McNeely, Conductor - National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Bernard Herrmann, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1998 Varese Sarabande Records

26
Discovery
00:01:00

Joel McNeely, Conductor - National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Bernard Herrmann, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1998 Varese Sarabande Records

27
The Blackboard
00:02:28

Joel McNeely, Conductor - National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Bernard Herrmann, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1998 Varese Sarabande Records

28
The Formula
00:01:23

Joel McNeely, Conductor - National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Bernard Herrmann, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1998 Varese Sarabande Records

29
The Corridor
00:01:32

Joel McNeely, Conductor - National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Bernard Herrmann, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1998 Varese Sarabande Records

30
The Bicycles
00:01:25

Joel McNeely, Conductor - National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Bernard Herrmann, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1998 Varese Sarabande Records

31
The Bus
00:01:29

Joel McNeely, Conductor - National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra - Bernard Herrmann, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - The National Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1998 Varese Sarabande Records

Album Description

Alfred Hitchcock's film Torn Curtain had two scores written, but only one was used. The music heard in the film was written by John Addison, but an alternate score by famed cinematic composer Bernard Herrmann has also been released on CD no less than three times, Alfred Hitchcock's Torn Curtain: The Unused Score. The legend of the scores is that Herrmann refused to craft his composition toward the director's and studio's preferred pop direction. After an amazing nine efforts, Hitchcock and Herrmann parted ways after collaborating on some of the most famous soundtrack music of all time, including that for Psycho, Vertigo, and North by Northwest. The Addison version is about half as long, probably due to resultant time constraints. "Main Title" is sweeping with some jazzy hints, while "Love Theme" sounds like most upbeat romantic cues of the time. Whereas Herrmann's unused score has moody and paranoid undertones throughout (as befitting a 1966 Cold War drama), Addison's only occasionally repeats those darker motifs. Herrmann's, with so many more cues and subsidiary pieces, provided a much deeper musical experience. So soundtrack fans are presented with a wonderful debate: which score is better? The one used is top-notch, but the unused has cache and a lot more music. While Addison used melody to propel the story ahead, Herrmann chose to forgo Hollywood's melodic conventions to further a brooding mood. The soundtrack to Torn Curtain shows that the tensions between producers and artists is universal and that the corporate needs with regard to film music are probably as old as film itself. Like with Orson Welles' unsuccessful struggle to make The Lady From Shanghai (and its music) more alienating and frightful, Bernard Herrmann was unsuccessful in forcing his musical vision upon Hitchcock. The used score is undeniably lesser, but also a good piece of work. The two scores together make for an interesting history lesson for the students of film music. Highly recommended to anyone who studies the craft of film music or Hollywood film production.
© JT Griffith /TiVo

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