Jane Eyre and Gothic Romances

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Saturday, April 09, 2011

A lonely young woman...an isolated, gloomy mansion...a brooding man with a secret...these are some of the identifying ingredients in Gothic Romance. Innumerable paperback novels and quite a few films have used this recipe for drama invented in part by Charlotte Brontë in her novel Jane Eyre, and in Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights. Both of those famous books have been adapted to film several times, and host David Garland presents music from Gothic Romances, including four different movie adaptations of Jane Eyre.


Bernard Herrmann - Jane Eyre - Main Title - 20th Century Fox

Dario Marianelli - Jane Eyre - Awaken, My Edward And I - Sony Music

Bernard Herrmann - Jane Eyre - Jane's Return - 20th Century Fox

Alessio Vlad and Claudio Capponi - Jane Eyre - Jane Eyre's Theme, Thornfield - DRG

John Williams - Jane Eyre - Jane Eyre Theme, Reunion - Silva Screen Records

Alfred Newman - Wuthering Heights - Main Title - Albatross

Bernard Herrmann - Wuthering Heights (opera) - Prologue; Introduction - Unicorn-Kanchana

Franz Waxman - Rebecca - Main Title/Foreward/Opening Scene, Coming Back From Boathouse - Varese Sarabande

Les Baxter - House of Usher - Overture, The Sleepwalker - Intrada

Ennio Morricone - Drammi Gotici - Drammi Gotici #4 - GDM

Trailer for Dario Marianelli's score for "Jane Eyre":

Comments [1]

Robert from NYC

Hi David:

Love, love, love your show.

Very provocative statement about melody. But a good way to start a discussion.

Well, I think a film score has to be illustrative AND emotional. To evoke a mood the director wishes. or to complement the visuals.

But I don't believe music can be music without melody, even atonal. If not, it's just sound effects.

Apr. 09 2011 09:24 PM

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