Benjamin Frankel

Biography

Born: January 31, 1906; London, England   Died: February 12, 1973; London, England  
Benjamin Frankel was born in 1906 and came to music following a year's apprenticeship to a London watchmaker. He studied with Victor Benham, an American pianist, in England and Germany. He embarked on his career in 1923 playing violin and arranging for various bands on London's burgeoning jazz scene, all the while continuing his formal education at the Guildhall School of Music. He later joined the BBC Dance Orchestra and became the assistant to Read more its leader, Henry Hall. He later became a musical arranger for the stage productions of Noël Coward and Charles B. Cochrane and joined the British film industry as a conductor and arranger in 1934. During World War II, he began writing for the concert hall, including chamber works (Sonata for solo violin No. 1, Trio for clarinet, cello, and piano), a song cycle (The Aftermath), and the overture May Day. Frankel principally functioned as a conductor in movies until the mid-'40s, when he began composing regularly for the screen. Sometimes credited as Ben Frankel, he started getting higher quality movies to score in the later '40s with The Seventh Veil and Mine Own Executioner. In 1949, he scored the thriller Night and the City, a high-profile production that might have been an international breakthrough for the composer. A conflict over British and American copyright law, however, led the studio to have the movie rescored by Franz Waxman for its American release, and Frankel's score went unheard outside of England until March 2003. Despite this setback, by the early '50s Frankel was getting a vast range of subjects to work with, including the thriller The Clouded Yellow (1951), the Alec Guinness fantasy/satire The Man in the White Suit (1951), and Anthony Asquith's Victorian satire The Importance of Being Earnest (1952). His 1952 Violin Concerto -- written in memory of the six million Jewish victims of the Nazis -- brought him renewed attention from concert audiences. His film work became less frequent after the mid-'50s as he turned ever more attention to composing serious music, which eventually included eight symphonies and the opera Marching Song. His best-known work, however, is probably his score for the 1965 World War II drama The Battle of the Bulge. Frankel's film scores were melodic, but often stretched tonality to its outer limits. Beginning in the late '50s, his concert music was built on a unique, personal brand of twelve-tone serial technique. Read less

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MOST POPULAR WORKS
I. Moderato
II. Alla burla
III. Lento di molto
I. Molto moderato
II. Allegro con spirito
III. Allegretto, quasi andantino
Introduction to the Second Symphony
I. Adagio - Tranquillo
II. Alla marcia: Moderato
III. Adagio
Introduction to the Third Symphony
Symphony No. 3, Op. 40
I. Prelude
II. The Beggar
III. Servant Girl and Beggar
IV. Revenge and Escape
V. Baptism
VI. Pastoral
VII. Leon's Assignation
VIII. A Deadly Transformation
IX. Leon Confronts the Horror
X. Leon Imprisoned
XI. Final Transformation
XII. Finale
I. Prelude
II. The Prison
III. Cat and Mouse
IV. Cardinal and Interrogator
V. Mind Games
VI. Civil Unrest
VII. Solitary Confinement
VIII. The Dark
IX. The Confession
X. Last Meal
XI. Finale
WORKS
I. Andante
II. Moderato quasi andantino
III. Adagio
IV. Lento di molto intimo
V. Largamente - Grave
I. Too Early
II. Breakfast Cackle
III. Unwillingly to Work
Prelude - The Lily Watkins Theme
Lowry's Secret
Lily's Triumph: A Drive In The Countryside
Lowry's Gamble - Finale
I. Andante
II. Allegretto
III. Molto adagio
IV. Tempo di walzer
I. Andantino tranquillo
II. Allegro brioso
III. Expressivo ma serioso: Andante molto
IV. Serioso: Moderato
I. Moderato, tranquillo
II. Gioviale
III. Lento
IV. Allegretto misterioso
IV. Allegro assai
I. Andantino dolente, con fluidito
II. Moderato deciso
III. Allegretto malevolo
IV. Lento, misteriosamente
V. Giubilante: Presto
I. Allegro comodo
II. Scherzando
III. Lento mesto
IV. Andantino semplice
I. Misurato, sereno
II. Intermezzo I: Allegro
III. Molto adagio
IV. Intermezzo II: Allegrettino
V. Scorrevole
I. Moderato
II. Alla burla
III. Lento di molto
I. Molto moderato
II. Allegro con spirito
III. Allegretto, quasi andantino
Introduction to the Second Symphony
I. Adagio - Tranquillo
II. Alla marcia: Moderato
III. Adagio
Introduction to the Third Symphony
Symphony No. 3, Op. 40
I. Andante tranquillo
II. Allegretto: Piacevole
III: Alla marcia: Moderato
IV. Andante
I. Moderato grave
II. Allegro assai
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro moderato
I. Prelude
II. The Beggar
III. Servant Girl and Beggar
IV. Revenge and Escape
V. Baptism
VI. Pastoral
VII. Leon's Assignation
VIII. A Deadly Transformation
IX. Leon Confronts the Horror
X. Leon Imprisoned
XI. Final Transformation
XII. Finale
Prelude
Mexican Washer Women
The Letter
Shannon Shanghaies The Coach
Hannah And Shannon Theme
A Personal View
Shannon's Way Out
Shannon's Long Swim
The Iguana Is Released
Maxine And Shannon Theme (Finale)
I. Prelude
II. The Prison
III. Cat and Mouse
IV. Cardinal and Interrogator
V. Mind Games
VI. Civil Unrest
VII. Solitary Confinement
VIII. The Dark
IX. The Confession
X. Last Meal
XI. Finale


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