Bernard Herrmann Centenary Celebration, Part 1: The Early Years
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.
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
- Listen to Orson Welles revisiting some of the radio plays Bernard Herrmann scored at the Mercury Summer Theatre. (Part 1) (Part 2)
- Explore Bernard Herrmann's scores for Crime Classics, which billed itself as "a series of true crime stories from the records and newspapers of every land, from every time."
- Hear Orson Welles's collaborations with Bernard Herrmann from the Mercury Theatre in 1938.
- Read about Herrmann's radio work from “Screen and Radio Weekly” (1936) by Lucille Fletcher, author of the classic radio plays "Sorry, Wrong Number," "The Hitchhiker," and Herrmann's wife between 1939 and 1948. (Part 1) (Part 2)