The “Frankenstein” Project

The Lehigh Valley community is invited to contribute musical ideas for a new orchestral piece, "Frankenstein," composed by the ASO Composer-in-Residence - Clarice Assad. The Allentown Symphony Orchestra will premiere this piece on April 26 and 27, 2025. Composer Clarice Assad has led community-wide participatory composition projects in the past with her pieces "Mosaic Variations" (2022) and "Tapestry" (2023).

DEADLINE for submissions is September 6, 2024.

Musical contributions (*) can be:

- a short melody,

- a chord progression,

- a particular orchestral instrumental timbre,

- a rhythmic gesture or ostinato pattern. 

To participate, please upload your musical suggestions through this link:

Story points that may inspire ideas:

- Dr. Victor Frankenstein creates a creature from old body parts and strange chemicals, animated by a mysterious spark.

- The creature, rejected by its creator and society, seeks revenge against Dr. Frankenstein.

- Dr. Frankenstein grapples with guilt and responsibility for his creation's actions.

- The novel explores themes of ambition, the pursuit of knowledge, and the consequences of playing god.


Links to films:

Frankenstein (1931) Colin Clive, Boris Karloff, Mae Clarke

Frankenstein (1994) Kenneth Branaugh, Roberto DeNiro, Helena Bonham Carter

Mary Shelley (2017) Elle Fanning, Douglas Boothe. Streaming on Amazon Prime.


(*) all submissions irrevocably assign to Clarice Assad all of rights, titles, and interests in and to any music and/or musical elements provided to Clarice Assad (the “Works”) and all copyrights therein. Contributors waive all rights to attribution and/or compensation related to the Works or Clarice Assad’s exercise of its rights as owner and copyright holder.