"The Day The Earth Stood Still" soundtrack was composed in July, and recorded in August 1951. It was Bernard Herrmann's first soundtrack after he moved from New York to Hollywood. Herrmann chose unusual instrumentation for the film including violin, cello, and bass (all three electric), two theremin electronic instruments (played by Samuel Hoffman and Paul Shure), two Hammond organs, a large studio electric organ, three vibraphones, two glockenspiels, two pianos, two harps, three trumpets, three trombones, and four tubas. Unusual overdubbing and tape-reversal techniques were used as well. This disc creates mood and drama, as well as suspense and sometimes terror. Herrmann's score is top-notch and engaging.
The Players ...
Bernard Herrmann - Composer
Lionel Newman - Conductor
Alfred Newman - Conductor
Dr. Samuel J. Hoffman - Theremin
Paul Shure - Theremin
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