MUSIC FOR FILMS BY WERNER HERZOG

  

 

 

 

"Ich bin in gewisser Weise kein Filmkomponist, ich bin Werner Herzogs Komponist"

    (from: E.Schneider, Handbuch Filmmusik 1, 1986, p.48)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Popol Vuh has been nominated three times for an Oscar for best original score:
1972 (Aguirre), 1979 (Nosferatu) and 1987 (Cobra Verde) 1987.
See:www.topmovies.wordpress.com

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Werner Herzog: “The music in my films is also very much neglected, if I may interrupt you, in Germany as well. Since AGUIRRE, my friend Florian Fricke, has done the music for almost all my films - for STEINER, for LA SOUFRIERE, for STROSZEK, and for HEART OF GLASS - and I’ve tried to push very hard so that he would be given the National Film Award this year. They’ve never given it to him, and there has been complete neglect of his work. Not even a single mention! And this year they just by-passed him once again!”[From: Images at the Horizon, 1979]

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Popol Vuh delivered the soundtrack for several of Werner Herzog films. The music on the lp-version of these soundtracks differs however often from the music that is actually used in the film.
So we can ask:
- is (all) the music on the record used in the film?
- is music used for the film coming from other records or not released elsewhere?
- is the title as used in the film the same version or mix as on lp?

With help of David Goodine (Toronto) we try to clear this up for: Herz aus Glass, Nosferatu and Fitzcaraldo.



• Lebenszeichen (1967)

• Auch Zwerge haben klein angefangen (1969/70)   

• Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (1972)

• Die grosse Ekstase des Bildschnitzers Steiner (1973/74)     [see film: youtube]

• Jeder für sich und Gott gegen Alle (1974)  

Herz aus Glass (1976) 

Nosferatu (1979)

• Fitzcaraldo (1982) 

• Gasherbrum - der leuchtende Berg (1985)      [see film: youtube]

• Cobra Verde (1987)

• Mein Liebster Feind - Klaus Kinksi (1999)

• Wheel of Time (2004)   

• Rescue Dawn (2006)