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 Posted:   May 2, 2022 - 7:27 PM   
 By:   Jason LeBlanc   (Member)

Intrada returns with a new Kickstarter campaign. This will be our third, after the successful campaigns to record Dimitri Tiomkin's Dial M for Murder and most recently the Jerry Goldsmith scores to Black Patch and The Man. Now we turn our attention to one of the most revered composers with a singular voice – Bernard Herrmann. Herrmann is no stranger to the Intrada catalog, as we have previously released the original tracks to North by Northwest and a late '90s recording of Jason and the Argonauts with the Sinfonia of London.

As with our previous Kickstarter albums, William Stromberg is on tap to record the score along with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

The relationship between Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann represents one of the most famous composer/director relationships in film music history. With nine collaborations (including their amazing work on Psycho, Vertigo, and our previously released North by Northwest), nearly everything of the Herrmann/Hitchcock collaboration has been released. The two exceptions are The Birds (for which there's no original score as Herrmann only served as sound consultant) and The Man Who Knew Too Much. With the exception of the "Main Title" recorded for a compilation and the "Storm Cloud Cantata," which is not a Herrmann composition, the score remains essentially unreleased. Perhaps it's because it only runs 25 minutes and is mixed low in the film so as not to have a large presence. Nonetheless it needs to be recorded, and so here we are. This however is a stretch goal to our main campaign. See below after the clip from The Man Who Knew Too Much for our feature attraction.

Due to its brevity, we decided to pair the score with music for the 1951 film-noir classic On Dangerous Ground, perhaps one of Herrmann's most exciting scores, Conductor Charles Gerhardt chose "The Death Hunt" from the score to open his Bernard Herrmann compilation back in the 70s, giving the album an exciting, heart racing overture. The Film Score Monthly label later released the original tracks from mono, aged acetates, which while of historical significance didn't make for the most pleasant listening experience. It's a score that deserves to shine in a new contemporary recording, to allow all the thundering action and passionate playing of the solo viola d'amore to come through.

For this campaign, we are setting the target just to cover the costs of recording On Dangerous Ground. However, if we're able to raise an additional $10,000, for a total of $60,000, then we will be able to include the Hitchcock. That's our plan. And with your generous support, we can make that plan a reality. Check out the reward tiers and note that there are some cool add-ons you can only see by clicking on the tier itself!


Roger says

New Intrada Kickstarter Coming soon!

I can't reveal the titles just yet, but we're hoping by late next week we'll be announcing a new Kickstarter campaign. This will require the largest sum to date, so it will be a test for sure. Get your wallet ready! And no, it's not Joan of Arc.

Doug says


Bernard Herrmann excitement! Following on our continuing series of successful re-recordings of film music with Maestro William T. Stromberg on the podium and myself tapping him on the shoulder every time we want more French horns in bar 27, we’re readying the scores and parts to two incredible scores Herrmann scored in the fifties: Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) and On Dangerous Ground (1951). Only a brief portion of the Hitchcock score has been previously recorded, Now listeners will finally have all of the music Herrmann composed, including four minutes of music never-before-heard that was scored but then dropped from the finished film! And that “Prelude” is one of his most exciting with brass and tympani getting center spotlight. Some of the quieter cues with James Stewart searching for his kidnapped son are extraordinary as well. On Dangerous Ground of course features the ferocious “Death Hunt” which we’ll be doing replete with eight horns, six trumpets and trombones and two tubas! In balance are the numerous lovely passages for solo viola d’amore and strings. All-in-all an incredible array of Herrmann music. We’ll post the official Kickstarter goal and launch here in just a few days as we complete the session line-up requirements for this extraordinary recording event. We’ve got a nice track record with this series, thanks to the support from all of you!

Doug says

The decision to go with these two scores was actually a consortium of minds here: Roger and i have talked about The Man Who Knew Too Much for many years, On Dangerous Ground is a favorite of William Stromberg's, and our contractor in Europe, Paul Talkington, is an amazing supporter of everything we do together. ODG is badly in need of a full length, state-of-the-art new recording. William and i talked at length about just what was involved in the scoring for TMWKTM, being a shorter score and as it it turned out - yayyy! - we discovered there is additional music that Herrmann wrote for the movie that was never used. So we started jumping at the thought of doing the 30-35 minutes of music Herrmann wrote for this Alfred Hitchcock movie, the last Herrmann/Hitchcock film score yet to be released. This now gave us a 45-minute score and one running just over a half hour, that would result in an incredibly exciting and well-packed album.

One of the cool tidbits that excites me, if not our audience, is that we'll be doing that spectacular "Death Hunt" in ODG with the scoring for full orchestra that includes eight French horns, six trombones, six trumpets... and two tubas! What a sound! And the solo viola d'amore will make for a beautifully haunting contrast. As to TMWKTM, that "Prelude is one masterful piece of brass and tympani-led excitement. With maestro Stromberg's expert knowledge of these two scores and his ability to get both passion and nuance from our players, this should be a really fantastic release to make Bernard Herrmann fans delirious! big grin


Doug says


Next week’s new release is a tour-de-force of orchestral splendor. This is one to have. It’s a riveting score! And hopefully all of you Bernard Herrmann fans and loyal supporters of our re-recordings will help us reach our Kickstarter goal in the next couple of weeks. William Stromberg is extremely excited about conducting these two scores currently on deck. Fans know the fierce French horn-led excitement of On Dangerous Ground, balanced with those haunting viola d’amore passages, all of it just begging for a modern recording. And I have my heart set on getting The Man Who Knew Too Much available at last: That riveting “Prelude”, the subdued “search” material for kidnapped Hank, plus cues none of us have ever heard that were scored for the movie but never used. Even an alternate ending to the score that I’m anxious to discover. What a treat this premiere will be! Let’s make it happen. We’ve proven our reliability with these projects and our speed with getting them reconstructed, recorded by the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, edited, mastered, manufactured and into your hands. We’re very good at this. Help us keep our track record of success going!

 Posted:   May 2, 2022 - 7:31 PM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

Too bad! I was hoping for JOAN OF ARC. Such a lovely score.

 Posted:   May 2, 2022 - 7:57 PM   
 By:   .   (Member)

"Titles"? Plural?

 Posted:   May 2, 2022 - 8:57 PM   
 By:   cody1949   (Member)

Too bad! I was hoping for JOAN OF ARC. Such a lovely score.

Yes ,it is a marvelous score. That's what keeps it from being recorded. Don't you know people who love that kind of music are all supposed to be dead. I guess what Doug would like to do has little weight.

 Posted:   May 2, 2022 - 9:10 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

Surely you realize there’s many more scores than just one, which Doug would like to do?

You might find you love the score(s) they’ve picked, Cody… why not at least wait and find out what they are, before complaining like this?


 Posted:   May 2, 2022 - 9:20 PM   
 By:   cody1949   (Member)

Surely you realize there’s many more scores than just one, which Doug would like to do?

You might find you love the score(s) they’ve picked, Cody… why not at least wait and find out what they are, before complaining like this?


That's true. It might be scores I like. I also like to "voice" my feelings.

 Posted:   May 2, 2022 - 9:28 PM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

You certainly do. So why not just (at most) voice disappointment that it’s not Joan of Arc, without the other (sourer) stuff, when you don’t even know you’ll dislike the choice, yet? Why make it personal by suggesting somehow that Doug Fake isn’t in charge of his own company, just because Joan of Arc wasn’t selected?

Again, based on my own conversations with Doug I’m sure there are at least two or three dozen scores he would love to newly record, and I’d be shocked if this next Kickstarter was for anything not on that list. And there are a lot of other factors no doubt which Intrada has to consider, in selecting what to tackle next from that list: not just sales potential, but costs and logistical stuff that most of us don’t have to figure out.


 Posted:   May 2, 2022 - 10:05 PM   
 By:   cody1949   (Member)

For a while there I thought I could voice my feelings without having you preach to me and perhaps you could accept my faults without you being a self styled know it all. I see that both of us will never find a way of getting along. So be it.

 Posted:   May 2, 2022 - 10:33 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

I'm intrigued. Titles (plural). Largest sum to date. I will now look at a list of every film and television show ever made and narrow it down to the 70,000 most likely titles.

 Posted:   May 2, 2022 - 11:20 PM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

Well if I could voice my feelings; it's a minor miracle that any old score is being re-recorded now, I thought those days were well behind us.

 Posted:   May 2, 2022 - 11:55 PM   
 By:   Lokutus   (Member)


or possibly just one of those combined with THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH?

 Posted:   May 3, 2022 - 12:08 AM   
 By:   moolik   (Member)

Interesting...So it has to be either a larger orchestra or something with a choir section...or its the rising inflationsmile
Nevertheless lots of possibilities.....

 Posted:   May 3, 2022 - 1:30 AM   
 By:   Grimsdyke   (Member)

Hmmm, so a compilation of shorter scores but still fitting on one CD ?
Or recording several scores during one visit to be released over time ?

 Posted:   May 3, 2022 - 2:25 AM   
 By:   Andy   (Member)

Ten Commandments
Jungle Book

 Posted:   May 3, 2022 - 2:44 AM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

And it does say 'titles'

 Posted:   May 3, 2022 - 2:48 AM   
 By:   cody1949   (Member)

2 Miklos Rozsa WW2 scores to cover both areas of conflict:
2 Miklos Rozsa film noir scores like
2 Miklos Rozsa epic scores like

 Posted:   May 3, 2022 - 3:13 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

And it does say 'titles'

I hope one of them is “The Cranes Are Flying”

 Posted:   May 3, 2022 - 3:25 AM   
 By:   Stefan Huber   (Member)

I don't think it's "On Dangerous Ground" since that one has been in preparation quite a while. The blurb suggests that it's either a very long score, one that requires a huge ensemble or one that requires expensive licensing.

 Posted:   May 3, 2022 - 3:39 AM   
 By:   TacktheCobbler   (Member)

I don't think it's "On Dangerous Ground" since that one has been in preparation quite a while. The blurb suggests that it's either a very long score, one that requires a huge ensemble or one that requires expensive licensing.

That blurb also says “titles,” indicating there’s more than one score being recorded. Therefore, I can see the proposed Herrmann trio of On Dangerous Ground, Cape Fear, and Man Who Knew Too Much being a distinct possibility since a lot of Herrmann’s scores tend to be brief (plus, a choir would be required if they decide to record the Benjamin Cantata for MWKTM). Then again, it could be one of the Rózsa pairings Cody mentioned above. Regardless of what it does turn out to be, I’m looking for to this, even though I’m slightly disappointed it’s not Joan of Arc.

 Posted:   May 3, 2022 - 4:51 AM   
 By:   Prince Damian   (Member)

Isn't licensing less of an issue if you are doing a new recording. Rather than reusing the originals. Studios own the recordings not the dots.

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