Work Is A Four Letter Word

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Work Is A Four Letter Word is Peter Hall's first feature film, made in 1967 by Calvacade Films[1], released in the UK on 7th June 1968[2] and distributed by Universal Pictures.[1]

I also did the music for Peter Hall's first feature film, Work is a Four Letter Word. I did the electronic part of the music... the bloopy bits when they'd taken the magic mushrooms.
   --Delia, in the Surface interview

To create the music, she reused several themes from the ESL104 album, most notably Delia's Theme and Delia's Psychadelian Waltz.

Contents

Credits

From the opening titles:

  • Stars: David Warner, Cilla Black
  • Written by: Jeremy Brooks, adapted from the play "EH?" by Henry Livings
  • Director of Photography: Gilbert Taylor
  • Editor: Jack Harris
  • Art Director: Philip Harrison
  • Production Manager: Donald Toms
  • Assistent Director: Claude Watson
  • Sound recordists: Robert MacPhee, Gordon K. McDallum
  • Music Composed and Conducted by: Guy Woolfenden
  • Associate Producer: Ham Haysom
  • Production Controller: Tom White
  • Producer: Thomas Clyde
  • Director: Peter Hall

From the closing titles:

  • Electronic music by Delia Derbyshire

Excerpts

Spectrograms are from A(55Hz) to A(3520Hz) at 200 pixels per second except 9) at 100pps.

1. First theme: "I love you, Betty" (0:15)

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2. Second theme; semitone chord theme: "Mrs Murray? You're beautiful" (0:38)

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3. Delia's theme; first theme reprise: "Val, oh Val, you have such lovely ears" (0:15)

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4. Climbing theme; second theme: "They had been climbing, it seemed, for hours" (0:59)

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5. Spangles; Delia's theme (0:08)

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6. Second theme reprise (0:39)

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7. Second theme slow: "I'm just gonna see to me mushrooms, Betty" (0:15)

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8. Acciaccatura theme (0:13)

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9. Semitone cheeps and mushroom-eating finale (3:20)

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Papers

  • DD080404 Letter dated 1st Jan 1968 saying that Kaleidophon lost money on this job
  • DD084547-DD085106 16 pages of Delia's notes
  • DD085123-DD085526 Cue sheets for all sound effects used in the film
  • DD085538-DD085802 8 pages of Delia notes and sound diagrams
  • Delia's manuscript scores:

Tapes

  • DD239 "Work is a 4 letter word: Master tape 3"
  • DD240 "Work is a 4 letter word: BH label, plus numerous labels"
  • DD241 "Work is a 4 letter word"

Copyright

The Performing Right Society's list of works by Delia Ann Derbyshire has:

Title: Work Is A Four Letter Word
Writer(s): Derbyshire Delia Ann
Creation date: 19 November 1996

Availability

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Breege Brennan's thesis.
  2. Work Is A 4-Letter Word on imdb.com
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