Herrmann√ïs score for It√ïs Alive represents the epitome of his succinct style. The music evolves from short, mostly conjunct motives (usually only 2√ê5 notes), repeated sequentially. There is little in the way of extended melody. The orchestration is also typical for Herrmann: an unusual ensemble consisting of 6 clarinets, 8 French horns, 6 trumpets, 6 trombones, 2 tubas, 2 harps, Moog synthesizer, electric bass guitar, organ and percussion. The only string instrument is a solo viola d√ïamore, a Baroque-era instrument that the composer previously used for On Dangerous Ground and one of his Twilight Zone episode scores.
This CD features the premiere release of Herrmann√ïs nearly complete score (only one five-second cue is missing), mastered from a set of __ monaural tapes in the Warner Bros. vaults. (No stereo masters survive.) FSM√ïs 16-page booklet, designed by Joe Sikoryak, includes a detailed, perceptive essay on film and score by Jeff Bond and Frank K. DeWald.
It’s Alive (Main Title) 2:09 The Delivery/Something Small 3:39 I’ll See You In the Morning/The Father Returns Home/Cry Baby 4:10 Murdered Boy/Getting Ready for Fishing Trip/The Milkman Goeth 3:35 Frank Visits Basement 1:07 Raid on the School 1:01 Davis Arrives at School/Something in the Room 1:30 Your Kid Goes Here 0:59 Two Policemen/Another Victim 2:12 Frank Refrigerates the Milk 0:41 Restless Night/Where’s Lenore?/Someone’s Thirsty 3:33 Where’s Chris or Someone? 1:30 Empty Fridge/Father Stalks Baby 2:22 Father Continues Search 0:48 Father Searches for Baby 2:35 Charley’s Dead 1:23 The Big Search 1:16 More Searching/Frank Waits 1:24 Still More Searching/Police Pick Up Mother 1:11 Father and Child/Father Protects Child 2:57 Father Runs With Child/Father Keeps Running With Child 1:54 Kill It/Sad Reunion/End Title 1:49 Total Time: 44:45
Bonus Tracks Restless Night/Where’s Lenore?/Someone’s Thirsty (alternate) 3:20 Father Continues Search (alternate) 0:42 Total Time: 4:06 Total Disc Time: 48:58
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