Music & Bites

  I get countless emails and guest book entries regarding the music used in the Flash Gordon series. When I first started the site I had most of the music bites, but had no idea of their titles or origin. Richard Bush (a very good friend to this site) is the person responsible for the music cues below. He has extensively researched this music and contributed a chapter to the book Film Music 1, in 1989. Although this book is no longer in print it is still available in many libraries. The liner notes for the Silva America CD of the complete score of Franz Waxman's Bride of Frankenstein were also supplied by Richard Bush. Many thanks to Richard for his contributions. You may read an article of his published by the Miklos Rozsa Society.

The music for the Flash Gordon serials was primarily stock music from other films, with the exception of the main title to the first serial, they were virtually all originally composed for earlier Universal films. 

 Music cue listings and composers for a chapter from each serial. 

  "Flash Gordon" Chapter 2   

CUE SOURCE FILM COMPOSER

Main Title "Flash Gordon"

Flash Gordon Vaughan, Clifford
Narrative   Flash Gordon Vaughan, Clifford
Fanfare  Klatzkin, David        
Lost Soul   Werewolf of London Hajos, Karl
First Sign Werewolf of London Hajos, Karl
First Murder  Werewolf of London Hajos, Karl
the Menace Werewolf of London Hajos, Karl  
First Murder  Werewolf of London Hajos, Karl  
Police Captain's Orders  Invisible Man Roemheld, Heinz        
Chase    Invisible Man Roemheld, Heinz  
Men Run      Invisible Man Roemheld, Heinz   
Men Approach   Invisible Man Roemheld, Heinz   
Shot     Invisible Man Roemheld, Heinz   
Steps    Invisible Man Roemheld, Heinz   
Shots    Invisible Man Roemheld, Heinz    
Men Approach                   Invisible Man Roemheld, Heinz    
Shots    Invisible Man Roemheld, Heinz    
Fire    Invisible Man Roemheld, Heinz    
Main Title "The Invisible Man  Invisible Man Roemheld, Heinz    
March Bombay #1    Bombay Mail Roemheld, Heinz    
Xavier     Bombay Mail Roemheld, Heinz    
Main Title "Bombay Mail"  Bombay Mail Roemheld, Heinz    
March Bombay #2    Bombay Mail Roemheld, Heinz    
Main Title "The Invisible Man" The Invisible Man Roemheld, Heinz    
Lost Soul    Bombay Mail Hajos, Karl   
First Murder  Werewolf of London Hajos, Karl  
March  Bombay  #1  Bombay Mail Roemheld, Heinz      
Xavier   Bombay Mail Roemheld, Heinz    
March  Bombay  #2   Bombay Mail Roemheld, Heinz  
Main Title "Werewolf of London" Werewolf of London Hajos, Karl    
Appassionato   Werewolf of London Hajos, Karl  
Appassionato   Werewolf of London Hajos, Karl  
Finale    Werewolf of London Hajos, Karl  
Orloff    Midnight Sun Bernhard Kaun 
Main Title "Flash Gordon"   Flash Gordon Vaughan, Clifford        


  "Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars" Chapter 3   

CUE SOURCE FILM COMPOSER
Main Title "Black Cat"   Black Cat Roemheld, Heinz    
Main Title "The Invisible Man" The Invisible Man Roemheld, Heinz  
Prowling Monster   Werewolf of London Hajos, Karl         
Dance Macabre   Bride of Frankenstein Waxman    
Prowling Monster   Werewolf of London Hajos, Karl   
Cat Threat   Black Cat Roemheld, Heinz     
Dance Macabre                  Bride of Frankenstein Waxman     
Transylvania               Dracula's Daughter Roemheld, Heinz 
Sonata in B Minor          Black Cat Lizst/Roemheld       
Dance Macabre                   Bride of Frankenstein Waxman              
Dance Macabre (second half) Bride of Frankenstein Waxman               
Whistling Drunk   Bombay Mail Roemheld, Heinz      
Two Werewolfs   Werewolf of London Hajos, Karl                 
Shirley's Theme #3 (finale)     Bombay Mail Roemheld, Heinz 
Crucifixion  Bride of Frankenstein Waxman              
Main Title "The Invisible Man"  The Invisible Man Roemheld, Heinz      
Pastorale                      Bride of Frankenstein Waxman              
Village   Bride of Frankenstein Waxman              
Chase     Bride of Frankenstein Waxman     
Main Title "The Invisible Man"  The Invisible Man Roemheld, Heinz      
Pastorale                    Bride of Frankenstein Waxman     
Governor's March   Bombay Mail Roemheld, Heinz 
Bombay Tension Bombay Mail Roemheld, Heinz
Main Title "The Invisible Man"  The Invisible Man Roemheld, Heinz            
Knife Scene                     Great Impersonation Vaughan, Clifford   
March Bombay #1         Bombay Mail Roemheld, Heinz  
Xavier          Bombay Mail Roemheld, Heinz    
Main Title "Bombay Mail"   Bombay Mail Roemheld, Heinz          
Knife Scene                     Vaughan, Clifford           
Crucifixion                     Bride of Frankenstein Waxman   
Orgy of Spirits                  Classical A. lljinsky      
Cat Love Theme                Black Cat Roemheld, Heinz      

       
  "Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe" Chapter 2   
   

CUE

SOURCE FILM COMPOSER
Les Preludes     Classical Liszt
Crucifixion   Bride of Frankenstein Waxman    
War   Sun Never Sets Skinner, Frank   
War                           Sun Never Sets Skinner, Frank       
Torture Scene  Tower of London Skinner, Frank & Freed, Ralph
Anne Neville Montage Tower of London Skinner, Frank & Freed, Ralph
Main Title "The Invisible Man"  The Invisible Man Roemheld, Heinz      
Les Preludes                          Classical Liszt, Franz
Main Title "The Invisible Man"    The Invisible Man Roemheld, Heinz   
Main Title "The Invisible Man"    The Invisible Man Roemheld, Heinz    
War                              Sun Never Sets Skinner, Frank  
Les Preludes                   Classical Liszt, Franz       
Entrance of the Duchess           Composer Unknown    
Les Preludes                 Classical Liszt, Franz             
Crucifixion                    Bride of Frankenstein Waxman   
Tribulation                     Perry, Sam A.  
Les Preludes                    Classical Liszt
Main Title "The Invisible Man"   The Invisible Man Roemheld, Heinz  
Anne Neville Montage              Tower of London Skinner, Frank & Freed, Ralph
Main Title "The Invisible Man" The Invisible Man Roemheld, Heinz   
Les Preludes                   Classical Liszt   
March of the Torches "original " White Hell of Pitz Palu Roemheld, Heinz
March of the Torches            White Hell of Pitz Palu Roemheld, Heinz
War                         Sun Never Sets Skinner, Frank       
Snowstorm                        White Hell of Pitz Palu Roemheld, Heinz  
Snowstorm (repeat)                   White Hell of Pitz Palu Roemheld, Heinz 
Erotic Theme   White Hell of Pitz Palu Roemheld, Heinz 
Main Title "The Invisible Man"     The Invisible Man Roemheld, Heinz 
War                             Sun Never Sets Skinner, Frank
Les Preludes                    Classical Liszt       


  Assorted Music Clips Used in the Series.

CUE

SOURCE FILM COMPOSER
Pretorius' Entrance  Bride of Frankenstein Waxman
You Will Need a Coat Bride of Frankenstein Waxman
You Will Need a Coat Part b Bride of Frankenstein Waxman
March Bombay  Bombay Mail  Roemheld, Heinz 
Oriental Dance  Tarzan the Tiger Sam A. Perry
La Rhumba   Charles Previn and Frank Skinner
Inspector Theme   Bombay Mail Roemheld, Heinz 
Adagio Dance The Raven Clifford Vaughan
Creation Excerpt Bride of Frankenstein Waxman 
Processional March Bride of Frankenstein Waxman 
Pastorale Excerpt    Bride of Frankenstein Waxman "original"
Parsifal Excerpt Classical Richard Wagner
Village Festival 
Scherzo White Hell of Pitz Palu Roemheld, Heinz 
Les Preludes Passage Classical Liszt
Croydon Airport

Dracula's Daughter

Roemheld, Heinz 

The Old Tale  Werewolf of London Karl Hajos
Monster Breaks Out Bride of Frankenstein Waxman 
Invisible Man Finale Invisible Man  Roemheld, Heinz    
Governor's March

Bombay Mail

Roemheld, Heinz 

Music Credits

Classical

Movie Scores

Liszt Karl Hajos
Brahms Heinz Roemheld
Tchaikovsky W. Franke Harling
Richard Wagner Sam A. Perry
Franz Waxman
Clifford Vaughan

Sound Bites

Flash meets Zarkov Flash, Dale and  Zarkov meet for the first time.
Ming meets Dale  Emperor Ming gives Dale the old once over.
The Rock King & Zarkov We all know that the Rock people's language was English recorded backwards. Now listen to it backwards recorded forwards. 
Ming is dead Ming dies for the first time.
Intro Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe.
Returning to Earth "Trip to Mars" Chapter one
Clay People Dale sees the Clay People for the first time.

The complete score of Waxman's Bride of Frankenstein.

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