Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Writing credits: Charles Bennett, Alfred Hitchcock, Benn Levy
Starring: Anny Ondra, John Longden, Sara Allgood, Charles Paton
Genre: thriller, drama
Country: U.K.
Running Time: 84 minutes

Instrumentation List

Blackmail (2008):

2 Flutes
2 Oboes
2 Clarinets
Alto Saxophone
2 Bassoons
4 Horns2 Trumpets
2 Trombones
Percussion (2 players)
Strings (10, 8, 6, 6, 4)


Scoring for Hitch by Neil Brand

I believe that there is such a thing as a ‘Hitchcock score’, for all the fact that Hitch worked with numerous composers during his sound career. It’s a score heavily weighted towards the tonality of Bernard Herrmann and Miklos Rozsa, a textbook compendium of tension and thrill motifs which soars romantically in the love scenes with just a hint of warning that there may be no happy ending. This is the toolbox I raided when I embarked on this score for Blackmail and I have enjoyed it more than any work I have ever done before...

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