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Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953)
Music by Bernard Herrmann
Beneath the 12-Mile Reef Beneath the 12-Mile Reef
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Price: $59.95
Limited #: 3000
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Line: Golden Age
CD Release: February 2001
Catalog #: Vol. 3, No. 10
# of Discs: 1

Film composers don't come any more legendary or unique than Bernard Herrmann. For the first time ever collectors have the opportunity to hear his groundbreaking score to Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953) in stereo from the original session masters.

Herrmann's music is unique for its gorgeous, atmospheric evocation of the film's underwater photography, with nine harps (each playing a separate part) grounding the sublimely Herrmannesque sea-soundscapes—from gentle currents to rippling waves to crashing terror. The score also includes jaunty maritime melodies, heartfelt string writing (a la The Ghost and Mrs. Muir), crashing action music and the proto-minimalist traveling patterns of "The Marker"—which later became the jetpack music in Lost in Space—all culminating in the primal aggression of "The Octopus."

A suite from 12-Mile Reef was recorded in the early 1970s for the Herrmann entry of RCA's Classic Film Scores series—now, get the complete chronological score, in stereo, as conducted by Herrmann for the film. Please note that the master tapes have sustained some deterioration and that there is minor "wow" present; these masters are all that survive of the score and we trust that aficionados will appreciate having them in the best condition possible.

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About the Composer

Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975) started his film career with Citizen Kane, finished with Taxi Driver, and in-between scored famous projects for Alfred Hitchcock (Psycho, Vertigo), Ray Harryhausen and a host of others—to say nothing of the transcendent beauty of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir or the pioneering timbres of The Day the Earth Stood Still. He practically invented “psychological” film scoring and the use of orchestral color to achieve dramatic ends; his music for radio and television is brilliant despite (or perhaps because of) his limited resources. He was a genius and cast a long shadow on music for film. P.S. Check out On Dangerous Ground. IMDB

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Leader (Conductor):
Bernard Herrmann

Violin:
Sol Babitz, George Berres, Henry Camusi, Joachim Chassman, Adolph DiTullio, Peter Ellis, Marvin Limonick, Paul Lowenkron, Irma W. Neumann, David Selmont, Paul C. Shure, Felix Slatkin

Viola:
Myer Bello, Alvin Dinkin, Alex Neiman, Sven Reher

Cello:
Joseph Coppin, Joseph DiTullio, Leonard Krupnick, Kurt Reher

Bass:
Paul Gregory, C. Magdelano Rivera, Meyer (Mike) Rubin

Flute:
Luella Howard, Barbara Moore (Putnam), Sterling D. Smith

Oboe:
William Kosinski, Gordon Pope

Clarinet:
Russell Cheever, Morris Crawford, Charles Gentry, Edward R. Miller, Abe Most, William A. Ulyate

Bassoon:
Don Christlieb, Arthur Fleming

French Horn:
Alfred Brain, Fred Fox, Alan I. Robinson, Harry Schmidt

Trumpet:
Frank Beach, John Clyman, Jack R. Coleman

Trombone:
Marlo Imes, Ray Klein, John Tranchitella

Tuba:
Clarence Karella

Piano:
Urban Thielmann

Harp:
Mary Jane Barton, Helen Bliss (Hutchison), Cheryll Scott Butterman, Mae Cambern, Stella Castellucci, Zhay Clark Moor, Paula Schertzinger Chaloupka, Louise Steiner (Klos), Anne Stockton (Mason)

Drums:
Richard Cornell, Paul DeDroit, Preston Lodwick, Cameron Maus, Harold L. "Hal" Rees

Orchestra Manager:
Simon Waronker

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