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78 rpm: ARTHUR BLISS FILM MUSIC H.G.WELLS THINGS TO COME 78 RPM SCIENCE FICTION 1936

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06 Dec 2018
29 Nov 2018
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ARTHUR BLISS FILM MUSIC H.G.WELLS THINGS TO COME 78 RPM SCIENCE FICTION 1936

You are bidding on ARTHUR BLISS FILM MUSIC TO H.G. WELLS THINGS TO COME

This is a 12 inch 78 rpm on Decca 817 UK issue with the original company Decca sleeve.

This is unplayed mint store stock.

Listen to a version of this tune : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o78_M3s8GZs

At the invitation of H. G. Wells, Arthur Bliss was hired to score one of the earliest science fiction films, Things to Come, which was released in 1936. Wells had full artistic control over the film and tasked Bliss to write the score, and then he would adapt his film to it. This radical approach went against all convention of the day. It suffices to say that Bliss, who was renown for his modernist classical compositions, only took the assignment because of the creative license Wells provided. Well the rest is history, as Bliss created a masterwork that in every way supported Wells’ creative vision, as well as the film’s narrative, which revealed humanity on a noble quest to establish a better society, and a new world order grounded in principles of science. Bliss created a concert suite for his score, which survives to this day. Regretfully, producer Alexander Korda over-ruled Wells’ vision and subjugated Bliss’ score to the film, which necessitated edits.

The score offers a remarkable journey. We open with energetic music, which alludes to a palpable and growing menace. This portentous prelude ushers in the destruction and confusion of modern war. What follows is the suffering of war, its pathos, pain and pestilence. Yet hope remains as patriotism rouses the populace and inspires the heroism of the airmen. Victory ushers in the mechanical crescendo of reconstruction and the drive towards a new world order. Remarkably, Bliss emotes this with a growing orchestral tranquility and confluence, thus reflecting a growing efficiency by which humanity abolishes the inequity of the earlier mechanistic civilization of the nineteenth century. The music of the new world abounds with optimism, yet is soon countered by a reactionary counter-revolutionary revolt. We conclude with an inspired and heroic victory as we see a massive Space Gun fire a moon cylinder spacecraft on its momentous journey, thus realizing humanity’s quest for the stars. Bliss’ score is a seminal achievement in the annals of film score art. His inspired writing in every way enhances the dramatic arc of the story’s narrative, thus making Wells’s film better.

This is credibly rare and possibly the first soundtrack to ever be released on record (at least as far as I'm aware).

A great collectible for the science fiction collector

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