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Matthew Bourne’s THE RED SHOES & Bernard Herrmann's Music
Posted by: BroadwayTonyJ 12:42 pm EDT 09/18/21
In reply to: re: Matthew Bourne’s “The Red Shoes” premieres on PBS tonight. - larry13 09:48 pm EDT 09/17/21

I'm a huge fan of Herrmann's film music and have all of his film score recordings. I also love the 1948 The Red Shows, which is one of the most magical, beautifully photographed, and scored films ever made.

I got through about 25 minutes of Bourne's ballet. Very pretentious and totally lacking in magic. The music at the opening is from Herrmann's The Ghost and Mrs. Muir and more from this score about 20 minutes in. In between I recognized some smatterings from his Citizen Kane and Hangover Square scores.

Eventually I'll go back and watch the rest of the ballet. The orchestrations are God awful. If Bernard Herrmann were alive, he would absolutely throttle Matthew Bourne and whoever gave him the right to use his music in this way. I hope it wasn't Herrmann's widow. Does anyone know?
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