Bernard Herrmann: A 100th Birthday Timeline

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

You know the music of Bernard Herrmann, even if you’re just learning his name. Perhaps the movie Psycho rings a bell? He scored that Hitchcock classic as well as dozens of other influential films, starting with Citizen Kane (1941) and ending with Taxi Driver (1976).

Herrmann gave us the screeching violins in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho -- which have become one of pop culture’s most identifiable (and widely imitated) film cues -- yet his lush, atmospheric scoring is what continues to capture the hearts of audiences today. His music gave emotional depth to tragic characters, psychotic murderers and space aliens. In commemoration of his 100th birthday, we trace the milestones in his wide-ranging career.

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Comments [2]

Robert Ellis from West Virginia

Can I download the Centenary celebration of Bernard Herrmann? I see where one can watch it, but tried the r-click "save target" and that doesn't work.

Nov. 19 2012 09:03 PM
Jim Macinick from Shirley, NY

Thanks WQXR for celebrating a local hero. Herrmann music has added an extra dimension of excitment and mystery to many films. Outside the films the music still retains its ability to thrill and awe.

Jun. 22 2011 01:32 PM

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