Philip Glass


“The inclusion of the 1998 score gives the film an element of independent existence, making it a work of art free from time, space or genre… The music itself is all exquisite strings and arpeggios; yet, it is nearly devoid of fear, of horror. It instead seems to identify with the seductive, curious aspects of Dracula and draws the audience into its potentially dangerous yet irresistible web.”

Jude Warne, CMUSE

About the album

In the late-1990s, Universal Pictures approached Philip Glass to compose a new score for one of its early horror films – Dracula, The Mummy, or Frankenstein – as part of Universal’s Classic Monsters home video collection. Glass chose to compose a score for Tod Browning’s 1931 Dracula, because it never had an original score (only brief excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and Schubert’s “Unfinished Symphony” in B minor). “The film is considered a classic,” Glass has said. “I felt the score needed to evoke the feeling of the world of the 19th century – for that reason I decided a string quartet would be the most evocative and effective. I wanted to stay away from the obvious effects associated with horror films. With Kronos, we were able to add depth to the emotional layers of the film.” Glass and Kronos have performed the music live to the film many times around the world. The album is now available on vinyl from Orange Mountain Music.


Kronos Quartet
David Harrington, violin
John Sherba, violin
Hank Dutt, viola
Joan Jeanrenaud, cello

Produced by Judith Sherman, Michael Riesman and Kurt Munkacsi
Executive Producer for Dunvagen Music: Jim Keller
Executive Producer for Nonesuch Records: Robert Hurwitz

  1. Dracula
  2. Journey to the Inn
  3. The Inn
  4. The Crypt
  5. Carriage Without a Driver
  6. The Castle
  7. The Drawing Room
  8. “Excellent, Mr. Renfield”
  9. The Three Consorts of Dracula
  10. The Storm
  11. Horrible Tragedy
  12. London Fog
  13. In the Theatre
  14. Lucy’s Bitten
  15. Seward Sanatorium
  16. Renfield
  17. In His Cell
  18. When the Dream Comes
  19. Dracula Enters
  20. Or a Wolf
  21. Women in White
  22. Renfield in the Drawing Room
  23. Dr. van Helsing and Dracula
  24. Mina on the Terrace
  25. Mina’s Bedroom/The Abbey
  26. The End of Dracula

Originally released by Nonesuch Records in 1999; re-released by Orange Mountain Music in 2016

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