The Music of Candyman

Music by Philip Glass
For the Films by Bernard Rose and Bill Condon
Michael Riesman, Conductor
© 2001 Orange Mountain Music


Orange Mountain Music OMM-003


1. Music Box 1:05

2. Cabrini Green 3:27
3. Helen’s Theme 1:56
4. Face to Razor 6:13
5. Floating Candyman 7:04
6. Return to Cabrini 9:46
7. It Was Always You, Helen 3:07

8. Daniel’s Flashback 2:55
9. The Slave Quarters 5:22
10. Annie’s Theme 3:33
11. All Falls Apart 3:13
12. The Demise of Candyman 4:05
13. Reverend’s Walk 1:09


In 1990 Philip Glass was asked by director Bernard Rose to compose a score for his film Candyman. Rose, a young director had an intriguing film, Paperhouse to his credit and the Candyman story, (written by Clive Barker), was a tale of contemporary myth and horror that possessed a truly frightening psychological plot. Glass accepted this task and wrote a “gothic” score for chorus and pipe organ. Somewhere down the line the film’s producers and Clive Barker became dissatisfied with Rose’s work, probably because he wasn’t creating enough overt gore and horror and relieved him of the job of finishing the film.

The final version of the film was a disappointment to Glass. He felt that he had been manipulated. What was presented to him as a low budget independent project with creative integrity indeed became a low budget Hollywood slasher flick. The film had its merits and unsurprisingly, the studio called for a sequel. Glass agreed to let the studio use his original score for the new project. At this point I began the remixing and editing of the original score to create new cues for the sequel and Glass graciously contributed 4 new cues to supplement the original music.

Since the release of the Candyman films there has been interest from the fans for a soundtrack album and, indeed there have been a number of bootlegs and cover versions offered for sale on the internet and at record fairs. Initially, Philip Glass’ ambivalence about the films and the fact that there wasn’t enough music to merit a whole CD prevented a release, but with the inclusion of the Candyman II material and the obvious interest in this music, there seemed be an appropriate rationale for bringing this music to the fans.

The recordings found on this CD are the original score recordings for the films Candyman and the sequel, Candyman II: Farewell to the Flesh. The cues have been remixed to better suit home stereo playback. The score for Candyman II: Farewell to the Flesh was built from the original Candyman cues plus the extra music represented on this disk.

— Don Christensen, June, 2001


Music composed by Philip Glass.
For the Bernard Rose film Candyman and its sequel Candyman II: Farewell to the Flesh by Bill Condon.
Conducted by Michael Riesman.

Candyman sound track CD produced by Don Christensen for Euphorbia Productions. Engineered by Pete Keppler assisted by Hector Castillo.

Candyman film sound track produced by Kurt Munkacsi.
Tristar Pictures presents in Association with Polygram Filmed Entertainment a Propaganda Films Production.
A Bernard Rose Film. Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Xander Berkeley, Kasi Lemmons.
Executive Producer: Clive Barker.
Film Editor: Dan Rae.
Designed by Jane Ann Stewart.
Photography: Anthony B. Richmond B.S.C.
Based on the “The Forbidden” by Clive Barker.
Produced by Steve Colin, Sigurjon Sighvatsson and Alan Poul.
Written and Directed by Bernard Rose.

Candyman II: Farewell to the Flesh film soundtrack produced by Don Christensen.
Polygram Film Entertainment presents a Propaganda Films Production of a Bill Condon Film.
Tony Todd, Kelly Rowan, with Timothy Carhart as Paul Mckeever and Veronica Cartwright as Octavia.
Costume Designer: Bruce Finlayson.
Edited by Virginia Katz.
Production Designer: Barry Robinson.
Director of Photography: Tobias A. Schliessler.
Executive Producer: Clive Barker.
Story by Clive Barker.
Screenplay by Rand Ravich and Mark Kruger.
Produced by Sigurjon Sighvatsson and Greg Fienberg.
Directed by Bill Condon.
All recordings were made at the Looking Glass Studios NYC in 1992, 1995 and 2000. Design by Lissi Sigillo.
Thank you Kara Bilof.

Philip Glass’s music published by Dunvagen Music Publishers, Inc.
A Euphorbia Production for Orange Mountain Music.



Candyman II

Philip on Film on Nonesuch
Philip Glass Soundtracks – Michael Riesman

Candyman by Bernard Rose
Candyman II by Bill Condon