Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World - Bernard Herrmann

Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World
Published in 1932, some 17 years before George Orwell's equally dystopian 1984, Brave New World was prompted by Aldous Huxley¹s visit to the United States and his shock at the all-embracing commercialisation he encountered. Set in the 26th century, the book depicts a world in which the masses are socially engineered and subconsciously indoctrinated for their roles in society, and kept docile and content by a combination of drugs (Soma), promiscuous sex, synthesised Muzak and mindless entertainment (the Feelies). Solitary pursuits such as reading are discouraged in favour of group activities, while the nuclear family has been replaced by the Hatcheries and Conditioning Centres that control every aspect of the period between artificial conception and childhood. This extraordinary musical radio production of Huxley’s masterpiece attracted a suitably stellar cast of performers including the author himself in the role of narrator and the great film composer Bernard Hermann. A titan of cinema now remembered for such undisputed masterpieces as Citizen Kane, Psycho and Taxi Driver. Here, his palette was necessarily constrained by budgetary considerations, but he nevertheless deployed his slender resources - organ and percussion instruments - with typical ingenuity.
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Brave New World. Original Score Composed and Conducted by Bernard Herrmann / Brave New World - Part One .Narrated by Aldous Huxley. Original Score Composed and Conducted by Bernard Herrmann / 11: Brave New World - Part Two Narrated by Aldous Huxley / Original Score Composed and Conducted by Bernard Herrmann
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