Bernard Herrmann Centenary Celebration, Part 1: The Early Years

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Saturday, June 04, 2011

June 29 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth, here in New York City, of composer Bernard Herrmann. Each Saturday during June, David Garland presents aspects of Herrmann's work on Movies on the Radio. Herrmann wrote his first film score for "Citizen Kane" in 1941, and went on to collaborate with directors Alfred Hitchcock, Francois Truffaut, Martin Scorsese and others. 

Herrmann's innovative scoring style was developed composing for radio dramas in the 1930s, prominently with Orson Welles' Mercury Theater, and the Columbia Radio Workshop. This week Garland offers highlights from several of those rarely-heard old broadcasts, as well as Herrmann's music for "Citizen Kane," "The Devil and Daniel Webster," and other films from early in Herrmann's career.

Bernard Herrmann: 100th Birthday Celebration in The Greene Space
June 29, 2011 - Buy Tickets

Join WQXR's David Garland and Elliott Forrest to celebrate Bernard Herrmann, with music, film clips, and conversation. Special guests include Hollywood Bowl Orchestra conductor John Mauceri, Bernard Herrmann's daughter and writer Dorothy Herrmann, musician Rob Schwimmer, and Josh Waletzky, director of the Academy Award-nominated documentary Music for the Movies: Bernard Herrmann, with a special appearance by Academy Award-winning film composer Michael Giacchino (Super 8, UP, The Incredibles).

Resources for Audio Archives of Bernard Herrmann's Work

Comments [7]

Richard Clark from New Windsor, New York

.....Great Program!
...............Many Thanks!.......

.......You are appreciated!........

Jun. 10 2011 05:55 PM
David Garland

@John Epperson, virtuoso pianist and thereminist Rob Schwimmer will play a bit of "Vertigo" on piano, and some of "The Day the Earth Stood Still" on theremin!


Jun. 05 2011 02:44 PM
John Epperson

Will there be any Herrmann music played live at the Green Space event? If so, what will it be and who will play? Thanks.

Jun. 05 2011 12:15 PM
Ed Chang from NYC

Bernard Herrmann is without doubt my favorite 20th Century composer. Unlike most film music composers he did his own orchestrations, giving his work a depth equivalent to concert music.

Thanks for posting these links, what a goldmine!

The Daily Beethoven

Jun. 05 2011 09:19 AM
David Garland

@christopher crawford, Thank you for your sharp-eared annotations!

@Gordon Shaffer, Use the above link to "Part 1" of the Mercury Summer Theater programs, and there you'll find the "Jane Eyre" I excerpted on the show. That's a 1946 performance of the radio drama first presented in 1938. I guess back in those days a repeat broadcast required a whole new performance!


Jun. 05 2011 08:07 AM
Gordon Shaffer from NYC, NY

I listened with great enthusiasm tonight and rushed home to search for the links to a recording of Jane Eyre, one of my very favorites. However upon locating the web site for Orson Welles - Mercury Theater Recordings, I find it missing from the file list even though I heard part of it tonight. In fact, that web site lists the Jane Eyre episode as possibly lost. Can you direct me to where I might find it ? Many thanks, and I will remember you to Norman Lloyd.

Jun. 05 2011 03:11 AM
christopher crawford

To David re Bernard Herrmann's collage score for The Happy Prince:
There were at least four references/quotes; I caught
1. Ravel from le Tombeau de Couperin, the Minuet, fifth of the full six-movement piece for piano solo (which QXR has to my auditory memory never EVER played, hint hint)
2. Debussy Hommage a Rameau, second of Images Book One
3. Debussy (again) Arabesque No 1
4. Mendelssohn Scherzo from Midsummer Night's Dream
regards. ( xpc )

Jun. 04 2011 10:24 PM

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