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Composer Michael Shapiro Talks About His Score to the Film "Frankenstein"

Composer Michael Shapiro
Photo: michaelshapiro.com

James Whale's 1931 film classic "Frankenstein" was released without a musical score.  Many critics over the years have remarked that it has been badly in need of music.  Composer Michael Shapiro was commissioned in 2002 by the Boris Koutzen Foundation to write his 70-minute film score. Shapiro: Overture to Frankenstein

Since its premiere, there have been more than 50 performances worldwide and Michael has created four versions.  The various settings are for chamber orchestra, full symphony orchestra, wind ensemble and an operatic version for five singers and chamber orchestra.

Michael Shapiro has written in many genres over the years and I sat down to talk with him about his wide range of experience and the opportunity to compose this score.

Yours in good music,
Mike Goldberg
Classical Music Host, VPM Music