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Benjamin Frankel

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Benjamin Frankel was created in 1906 and found music carrying out a year’s apprenticeship to some London watchmaker. He examined with Victor Benham, an American pianist, in Britain and Germany. He embarked on his profession in 1923 playing violin and organizing for various rings on London’s burgeoning jazz picture, even while carrying on his formal education on the Guildhall College of Music. He afterwards joined up with the BBC Dance Orchestra and became the associate to its head, Henry Hall. He afterwards became a musical arranger for the stage productions of Noël Coward and Charles B. Cochrane and became a member of the United kingdom film industry being a conductor and arranger in 1934. During Globe Battle II, he started composing for the concert hall, including chamber functions (Sonata for single violin No. 1, Trio for clarinet, cello, and piano), a tune routine (The Aftermath), as well as the overture Might Time. Frankel principally functioned being a conductor in films until the middle-’40s, when he started composing frequently for the display screen. Sometimes acknowledged as Ben Frankel, he began getting top quality films to score within the afterwards ’40s using the Seventh Veil and Mine Very own Executioner. In 1949, he have scored the thriller Evening and the town, a high-profile creation that might are already an international discovery for the composer. A issue over United kingdom and American copyright rules, nevertheless, led the studio room to really have the film rescored by Franz Waxman because of its American discharge, and Frankel’s rating went unheard beyond Britain until March 2003. Not surprisingly setback, by the first ’50s Frankel was obtaining a huge selection of subjects to utilize, like the thriller The Clouded Yellowish (1951), the Alec Guinness dream/satire THE PERSON in the White colored Match (1951), and Anthony Asquith’s Victorian satire THE SIGNIFICANCE to be Earnest (1952). His 1952 Violin Concerto — created in memory from the six million Jewish victims from the Nazis — brought him restored interest from concert viewers. His film function became less regular after the middle-’50s as he flipped ever more focus on composing severe music, which ultimately included eight symphonies as well as the opera Marching Track. His best-known function, however, is most likely his rating for the 1965 Globe War II theatre The Battle from the Bulge. Frankel’s film ratings had been melodic, but frequently extended tonality to its external limits. From the past due ’50s, his concert music was constructed on a distinctive, personal make of twelve-tone serial technique.

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Full Name Benjamin Frankel
Date Of Birth January 31, 1906
Profession Film Score Composer
Education Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Nationality British
Spouse Xenia P.H. Kennaway, Phyllis Leat, Joyce Stanmore Rayner
Music Songs Panzerlied, Interlude With a Courtesan 1st Class, The German Tanks Emerge and Break Through, 1st Tank Battle, Kiley's Plane Chases Hessler's Car, Attack on the Fuel Depot Fails, The Massacre of the American Prisoners, Prelude, The Man in the White Suit, The Panzermen Abandon Their Tanks: Victory and Postlude, Here’s To Champagne, Shannon's Long Swim, Hannah And Shannon Theme, Maxine And Shannon Theme, Christmas in Ambleve, Aerial Pursuit, Up to His Neck, Introduction to the Second Symphony, Introduction to the Third Symphony, A Kid for Two Farthings: Theme, The Washer Women Of Mexico, The Curse of the Werewolf, Mary Finds Harry At Anna O’Leary’s, Mary Gives Money To Harry, Main Title / The City At Night, Mary At The Silver Fox, So Long at the Fair, The Armaments Train, The Siege of Ambleve, Back to Base -- Hessler's Arrival, The Plan of Attack -- Tank Inspection, Final Tank Battle
Albums Battle of the Bulge, Violin Concerto in Memory of the Six Million / Viola Concerto / Serenata Concertante, Curse of the Werewolf, Night and the City, Complete Symphonies
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score
Movies Battle of the Bulge, The Curse of the Werewolf, The Night of the Iguana, The Man in the White Suit, Night and the City, The Importance of Being Earnest, Footsteps in the Fog, The Seventh Veil, So Long at the Fair, A Kid for Two Farthings, The Old Dark House, The Clouded Yellow, The End of the Affair, Storm Over the Nile, Trottie True, Give Us This Day, The Prisoner, The Iron Petticoat, Aventure Malgache, Orders to Kill, Appointment with Venus, Bon Voyage, The Man Who Watched Trains Go By, Dear Murderer, Guns of Darkness, Daybreak, The Net, London Belongs to Me, Surprise Package, Radio Parade of 1935, The Years Between, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, The Young Lovers, Double Confession, They Met in the Dark, Brothers in Law, Mad About Men, Libel, Lost, Happy Is the Bride, The Long Dark Hall, Aunt Clara, I Only Arsked!, Always a Bride, Up to His Neck, The Chiltern Hundreds, Flight from Folly, Love in Exile, No Monkey Business, Music Hath Charms, Public Nuisance No. 1


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Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mystery and Imagination 1970 TV Series 1 episode
Theatre 625 1965-1967 TV Series 4 episodes
Battle of the Bulge 1965
The Night of the Iguana 1964
Espionage 1964 TV Series 8 episodes
The Old Dark House 1963
Guns of Darkness 1962
The Curse of the Werewolf 1961
Surprise Package 1960
Season of Passion 1959
Libel 1959
I Only Arsked! 1958
Orders to Kill 1958
Happy Is the Bride 1958
The World Our Stage 1957 TV Movie special music
Brothers in Law 1957
The Iron Petticoat 1956
Tears for Simon 1956
Storm Over the Nile 1955
Simon and Laura 1955
Footsteps in the Fog 1955
A Kid for Two Farthings 1955
The Prisoner 1955
The End of the Affair 1955
The Man Who Loved Redheads 1955
Aunt Clara 1954
Mad About Men 1954
Chance Meeting 1954 uncredited
Up to His Neck 1954
Malaga 1954
The Love Lottery 1954
The Final Test 1953
Always a Bride 1953
Project M7 1953
The Paris Express 1952
The Importance of Being Earnest 1952
Mr. Denning Drives North 1951
Island Rescue 1951
The Man in the White Suit 1951
Hotel Sahara 1951
The Long Dark Hall 1951
The Clouded Yellow 1950
BBC Sunday-Night Theatre 1950 TV Series 1 episode
Moving House 1950 Short
So Long at the Fair 1950
Double Confession 1950
Night and the City 1950 British version
Give Us This Day 1949
The Amazing Mr. Beecham 1949
The Gay Lady 1949
Lost Daughter 1949
Sleeping Car to Trieste 1948
Dulcimer Street 1948
Bond Street 1948
Daybreak 1948
Night Beat 1947
Mine Own Executioner 1947
Dancing with Crime 1947
Dear Murderer 1947 as Ben Frankel
A Girl in a Million 1946
The Years Between 1946 as Ben Frankel
English Criminal Justice 1946 Documentary short as Ben Frankel
The Seventh Veil 1945 as Ben Frankel
This Was Japan 1945 Documentary short
Flight from Folly 1945
Famous Scenes from Shakespeare No. I: Julius Caesar - The Forum Scene - Act III. Scene 2 1945 Short as Ben Frankel
Fire of London 1945 Documentary short
The Broad Fourteens 1945 Documentary short as Ben Frankel
The Great Circle 1944 Documentary short
Aventure malgache 1944 Short uncredited
Bon Voyage 1944 Short uncredited
The New School 1944 Short
They Met in the Dark 1943 as Ben Frankel
Love in Exile 1936
No Monkey Business 1935 uncredited
Radio Parade of 1935 1934

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Battle of the Bulge 1965 conductor
The Night of the Iguana 1964 conductor
Espionage 1964 TV Series conductor - 1 episode
The Old Dark House 1963 conductor
Guns of Darkness 1962 conductor
The Curse of the Werewolf 1961 conductor
Season of Passion 1959 conductor
Libel 1959 conductor
I Only Arsked! 1958 conductor
Orders to Kill 1958 conductor
Happy Is the Bride 1958 conductor
Brothers in Law 1957 conductor
The Iron Petticoat 1956 musical director
Charley Moon 1956 musical director - uncredited
On Such a Night 1956 Short musical director
Tears for Simon 1956 conductor - uncredited / musical director
Storm Over the Nile 1955 conductor
Simon and Laura 1955 conductor
Footsteps in the Fog 1955 conductor
A Kid for Two Farthings 1955 conductor
The Prisoner 1955 conductor
The End of the Affair 1955 conductor
The Man Who Loved Redheads 1955 conductor
Aunt Clara 1954 conductor
Mad About Men 1954 conductor
Chance Meeting 1954 conductor
Up to His Neck 1954 conductor
The Final Test 1953 conductor
Always a Bride 1953 conductor
The Paris Express 1952 conductor
The Importance of Being Earnest 1952 conductor
Mr. Denning Drives North 1951 conductor
Island Rescue 1951 conductor
Hotel Sahara 1951 conductor
The Long Dark Hall 1951 conductor
The Clouded Yellow 1950 conductor / musical director - uncredited
So Long at the Fair 1950 musical director
Double Confession 1950 conductor - uncredited / music director
Give Us This Day 1949 conductor
The Players' Theatre Revue 1948 TV Movie music and lyrics by - as Ben Frankel
I'll Be Your Sweetheart 1945 orchestrator - as Ben Frankel
While Nero Fiddled 1944 music arranger - uncredited
He Found a Star 1941 musical director - as Ben Frankel
The Singing Cop 1938 musical director
Love in Exile 1936 musical director
Public Nuisance No. 1 1936 musical director
Music Hath Charms 1935 music arranger - uncredited
No Monkey Business 1935 musical director - as Ben Frankel
Radio Parade of 1935 1934 conductor

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Classic Widows 1995 TV Movie documentary music: "Symphony No. 5, Movt. I", "Carriage and Pair"
Screen Two 1991 TV Series music - 1 episode
I Only Arsked! 1958 music: "Boots Song" - uncredited
Simon and Laura 1955 arranger: "Good King Wenceslas" - uncredited
The Man Who Loved Redheads 1955 lyrics: "Madame, Madame" - as Ben Bernard / music: "Madame, Madame" - as Ben Bernard
Mad About Men 1954 writer: "I Can't Resist Men" - as Ben Bernard
Chance Meeting 1954 "Swan Lake"
The Love Lottery 1954 music: "It May be You" - as Ben Bernard
Always a Bride 1953 music: "I Love You Toujours" - as Ben Bernard
Hotel Sahara 1951 music: "Say Goodbye Soldier Boy", "I Love A Man" - as Ben Bernard
So Long at the Fair 1950 music: "Carriage and Pair" - uncredited
The Gay Lady 1949 arranger: "White Wings" 1912
Dulcimer Street 1948 music: " Little Girl In Blue" - as Ben Bernard
Night Beat 1947 music: "I'm Not In Love", "When You Smile" - as Ben Bernard
Dancing with Crime 1947 music: "BOW BELLS" - as Ben Bernard
They Met in the Dark 1943 music: "TODDLE ALONG"
Sailing Along 1938 music: "Bargees' Ballet" - uncredited
Radio Parade of 1935 1934 writer: "I'm Not What I Used to Be"

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1966 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Original Score Battle of the Bulge (1965)


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