[Program Seven: Robin Hood and Beyond] The Adventures of Robin Hood poster, 1938; ©Warner Brothers/Photofest.
The Adventures of Robin Hood poster, 1938; ©Warner Brothers/Photofest.

Bard Music Festival Presents

Program Seven: Robin Hood and Beyond

7:30 pm Preconcert Talk
8 pm Orchestral Performance
Selections from The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Directed by Michael Curtiz and William Keighley
With Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Basil Rathbone, Claude Rains, and others
Score by Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897–1957)

Works by Max Steiner (1888–1971); Alfred Newman (1901–70); Franz Waxman (1906–67); and Bernard Herrmann (1911–75)

It was through Max Reinhardt that Korngold first started writing for Hollywood, where he and his family joined the growing exodus of émigrés from Europe. Korngold believed that “music is music, whether it is for the stage, rostrum, or cinema,” and his background in concert music, opera, operetta, and musical comedy proved invaluable in writing for film. His Academy Award-winning score for The Adventures of Robin Hood – an epic Technicolor swashbuckler starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland – integrated music from both his Sursum Corda and his original material for Rosen aus Florida into a taut, genre-defining masterpiece. Performed with screened excerpts from the film, selections from this score will be heard alongside music by other leading lights of Hollywood’s Golden Age, including Korngold’s compatriot and colleague Max Steiner, whose extensive output includes such classics as King Kong, Casablanca, and Gone with the Wind; Bernard Herrmann, whose iconic scores include Citizen KanePsychoVertigo, and Taxi Driver; Franz Waxman, of Bride of FrankensteinRebecca, and Sunset Boulevard fame; the Russian-born Dimitri Tiomkin, best-known for archetypically American Westerns like Duel in the SunHigh Noon, and Gunfight at the O.K. Corral; and Alfred Newman, whose work includes Wuthering HeightsAll About Eve, and the famous fanfare that accompanies the 20th Century Fox logo. To launch Weekend Two, TŌN performs excerpts from these composers’ seminal scores in Program Seven, “Robin Hood and Beyond.”