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JANE EYRE (1000 EDITION) (CD)
Composed by: Bernard Herrmann

Sample Tracks
Name Number
Prelude 01
Jane’s Departure 02
Thornfield Hall 09
Mr. Mason 19
Farewell 23
Jane’s Return 30
Play All Tracks

The 1943 film of Jane Eyre was a first-class affair straight down the line, from it’s wonderful direction by Robert Stevenson to its literate screenplay by Stevenson, Aldous Huxley, John Houseman and others, to its formidable cast, including Joan Fontaine and Orson Welles, along with the amazing character actors Henry Daniell, Agnes Moorehead, and Sara Allgood, and Margaret O’Brien and Peggy Ann Garner as young Jane (a subtle and beautiful performance), and an unbilled, young Elizabeth Taylor as Helen Burns.

The gorgeous photography was by veteran George Barnes. The resulting film was a truly remarkable movie – evocative, gothic, romantic, and managing to capture the dark, brooding essence of Charlotte Bronte’s masterpiece.

The studio attempted to persuade classical composer Igor Stravinsky to make his film debut with Jane Eyre, but that didn’t happen. Bernard Herrmann really wanted to score the film but didn’t think he had a chance, but happily, Alfred Newman, head of the Fox music department, was a fan of Herrmann and he gave him the assignment, thus beginning Herrmann’s long and brilliant association with Fox.

Herrmann could not have made a more auspicious debut at Fox than with Jane Eyre, a perfect marriage of film and composer. The score captures the Bronte world right from the main title, which, unlike today’s abbreviated main titles, immediately draws you in and sets the tone of the film. His incredible string and reed writing is especially evident in this score, and his themes are simply stunning. The Herrmann musical signature is in evidence in every bar of the score – his music never sounds like any other composer and is instantly identifiable. Jane Eyre remains one of the cornerstones of his film-scoring career, as fresh, mysterious, beautiful, and vibrant today as it was back in 1943.

Jane Eyre was previously released in the Varese Sarabande Bernard Herrmann at Fox box set, that sold out almost instantly. It’s been great to be able to make so much of the contents of that box available in separate releases for those who missed out.

1. Prelude 2. Jane’s Departure 3. Jane Alone 4. Dreaming 5. Vanity 6. Elegy/Jane’s Sorrow 7. Time Passage 8. The Letter 9. Thornfield Hall 10. Valse Bluette/Adele 11. Rochester 12. The Piano 13. Promenade 14. Rochester’s Past 15. The Fire 16. Duo 17. The Door 18. Springtime 19. Mr. Mason 20. The Room 21. The Rattle 22. The Garden 23. Farewell 24. Jane’s Confession 25. The Storm 26. The Wedding 27. The Life 28. Jane’s Farewell 29. The Letter Burns 30. Jane’s Return 31. Finale

BONUS TRACK 32. Prelude (alternate)

  
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