R.A.H. (againstathorn) wrote,

Paul Ferris - Witchfinder General (Prelude and Romanza) (1968)

Today’s selection was performed by the Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra using music composed by Paul Ferris for the 1968 film ‘Witchfinder General’, starring Vincent Price as the titular character, otherwise known as the historical figure Matthew Hopkins, a witch-hunter active during the English Civil War.

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the film, included in on DVD in MGM’s wonderful Midnite Movies series, and I have only a faint memory of the accompanying score, but listening to today’s Music for the Month of Halloween feature as a stand alone track, I find it an outstanding, dramatic arrangement of music.

After a noisy, unsettling opening, our piece introduces a seductive, noble melody which accompanies the listener through the song while a disquieting force lurks underneath. The harp section at 2:30 is especially pretty, but as the piece progresses this aspect turns sublime, creating a foreboding atmosphere which would undoubtedly compliment our film’s subject matter.
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