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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  • 1.
    Monster Music - Classic Horror Music
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8506026 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Max Steiner,  Hans Salter,  Wojciech Kilar,  Frank Skinner  ... 
    Performer:  Leonid Makarevich
    Conductor:  William T. Stromberg,  Antoni Wit,  Carl Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra,  Cracow Philharmonic,  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Music From The Movies - Alwyn, Vaughan Williams, Walton, Etc / Mathieson, London So, Et Al
    Label: Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog: 6146 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Greenwood,  Lambert Williamson,  William Alwyn,  Clifton Parker  ... 
    Performer:  Laurance Turner,  Reginald Leopold,  Sidney Crooke
    Conductor:  Muir Mathieson,  Louis Levy,  Sir William Walton,  Ernest Irving  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Gaumont British Symphony Orchestra,  Hallé Orchestra  ... 
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    Golden Age Of Light Music 1950s Vol 4 - Cornflakes
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5130 Release Date: 06/05/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Malcolm Lockyer,  Lou Singer,  Tolchard Evans,  Heino Gaze  ... 
    Conductor:  Malcolm Lockyer,  Michael Fredericks,  Johnny Gregory,  Laurie Johnson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Malcolm Lockyer and his Orchestra,  Michael Fredericks Orchestra,  Johnny Gregory and his Orchestra  ... 
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    British Light Music Classics / Corp, New London Orchestra
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 44261 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Frederic Curzon,  Trevor Duncan,  Marshall Ross,  Charles Ancliffe  ... 
    Conductor:  Ronald Corp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Orchestra
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    Golden Age Of Light Music - 1950s Vol 3
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5119 Release Date: 06/06/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joyce Cochrane,  Jerome Kern,  Dennis Berry,  Frank Cordell  ... 
    Performer:  Bernie Leighton,  Joe "Mr. Piano" Henderson
    Conductor:  Geraldo,  Gordon Jenkins,  Dolf van der Linden,  Frank Cordell  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Geraldo New Concert Orchestra,  Gordon Jenkins Orchestra,  Dolf van der Linden Metropole Orchestra  ... 
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  • 6.
    Film Music Classics - Frankel: Curse Of The Werewolf, Etc
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557850 Release Date: 05/16/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Frankel
    Conductor:  Carl Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Clarinet Quintets / Thea King, Britten Quartet
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55105 Release Date: 05/13/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dame Elizabeth Maconchy,  Herbert Howells,  Josef Holbrooke,  Benjamin Frankel  ... 
    Performer:  Thea King
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Britten String Quartet
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  • 8.
    Frankel: Complete Symphonies / Albert, Queensland So
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999661 Release Date: 08/01/2002   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Benjamin Frankel
    Conductor:  Werner Andreas Albert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queensland Symphony Orchestra
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    Frankel: Music For The Movies / Albert, Queensland So
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999809 Release Date: 03/05/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Frankel
    Conductor:  Werner Andreas Albert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queensland Symphony Orchestra
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    Frankel: Symphonies 7 & 8, Etc / Albert, Queensland So
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999243 Release Date: 06/19/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Frankel
    Conductor:  Werner Andreas Albert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queensland Symphony Orchestra
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  • 11.
    Byways Of British Music / Hickox, Thomson, Et Al
    Label: Chandos Collect   Catalog: 6611 Release Date: 09/26/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Sir Arthur Bliss,  William Alwyn,  Sir William Walton  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Davis,  Phillip Joll,  David Haslam,  Rachel Masters  ... 
    Conductor:  Bryden Thomson,  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Northern Sinfonia,  City of London Sinfonia  ... 
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    Frankel: Battle Of The Bulge / Werner Andreas Albert
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999696 Release Date: 07/18/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Frankel
    Conductor:  Werner Andreas Albert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queensland Symphony Orchestra
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  • 13.
    Music On And Off The Keys - Foss, Togawa, Frankel, Et Al
    Label: Vienna Modern Masters   Catalog: 2016 Release Date: 08/30/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lukas Foss,  Yoichi Togawa,  Benjamin Frankel,  Ludier Hofmann-Engl  ... 
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  • 14.
    Frankel: Violin Concerto, Viola Concerto, Etc / Albert
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999422 Release Date: 06/02/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Frankel
    Performer:  Alan Smith,  David Lale,  Stephen Emmerson,  Brett Dean  ... 
    Conductor:  Werner Andreas Albert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queensland Symphony Orchestra
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    Frankel: Complete String Quartets / Nomos Quartett
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999420 Release Date: 04/08/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Benjamin Frankel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nomos String Quartet
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    Frankel: Symphonies 4 & 6, Etc / Albert, Queensland So
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999242 Release Date: 12/17/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Frankel
    Conductor:  Werner Andreas Albert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queensland Symphony Orchestra
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    Frankel: Clarinet Quintet, Etc / Paul Dean, Et Al
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999384 Release Date: 07/09/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Frankel
    Performer:  Leesa Dean,  Duncan Tolmie,  Kevin Power,  Paul Dean  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queensland Symphony Chamber Players,  Australian String Quartet
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    Frankel: Symphonies 2 & 3 / Albert, Queensland So
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999241 Release Date: 07/18/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Frankel
    Conductor:  Werner Andreas Albert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queensland Symphony Orchestra
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  • 19.
    Discover New Worlds With Werner Andreas Albert
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999310 Release Date: 06/01/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Frankel,  Paul Hindemith,  Robert Volkmann,  Hans Pfitzner  ... 
    Performer:  David Geringas
    Conductor:  Werner Andreas Albert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queensland Symphony Orchestra,  Sydney Symphony Orchestra,  Northwest German Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Frankel: Symphonies 1 & 5, May Day Overture / Albert
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 999240 Release Date: 01/25/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Benjamin Frankel
    Conductor:  Werner Andreas Albert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queensland Symphony Orchestra
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