Dracula: The Music and Film

Original music by Philip Glass
Performed by Philip Glass and Kronos Quartet (Michael Riesman conductor) to the Universal Pictures 1931 film classic Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi.

Philip Glass keyboards
Kronos Quartet
Michael Riesman conductor

Dracula (film screening, Certificate PG)

The performance lasts approximately 1 hour 20 minutes with no interval.

Cinema’s most beguiling bloodsucker appears in a new light as Philip Glass’s revelatory score blows the cobwebs off the iconic 1930s movie Dracula. It’s a unique opportunity to witness one of the world’s most famous composers in action: Glass himself shares the stage with the internationally renowned Kronos Quartet, and his hypnotic music provides an eerie counterpart to the strange suspense of this creepy classic.

‘A night to remember… bewitching and hypnotic.’ Toronto Globe and Mail

Free post-concert performance by BiLE (Birmingham Laptop Ensemble) in the Symphony Hall Cafe Bar:
Seven laptops, one voice – a live blend of electronic music, improvisation, live sampling, visuals and laptop performance.
Supported by BEAST


Review by Diane Parkes, BehindTheArras:

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…    “Glass’s forms which repeat and yet develop are ideal for building the tension in the film as Bela closes in, travelling from his Transylvanian castle to England where he stalks about menacingly eyeing up potential victims.

The score perfectly complements the stylised manner of the film in which the suave Hungarian actor created a stereotype of the vampire count.”     …


Review by Maggie Cotton, Birmingham Post:

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…     “Filming was imaginative and fascinating with massive sets, plenty of swirling mists, armadillos, rats, skeletal creeping hands, inevitable coffins and beautiful young ladies confusing the disjointed tale.

Glass’s music was minimally repetitive, mostly around the same key and subtly haunting the brain.”     …