June 29th 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.
Bernard Herrmann's flair for colorful instrumentation enhanced several mid-century special effects spectaculars. The sight of stop-action animator Ray Harryhausen's giant cyclops ("The 7th Voyage of Sinbad"), or sword-fighting skeletons ("Jason and the Argonauts") were quite convincing and thrilling with Herrmann's music giving them power and panache. And Herrmann's use of otherworldly, keening theremins in "The Day the Earth Stood Still" helped make that movie a science fiction classic. Host David Garland presents music from these and other films, including "Journey to the Center of the Earth," "Mysterious Island," "Fahrenheit 451," "Beneath the 12-Mile Reef," plus a look at Herrmann's music for the television show "The Twilight Zone."
Bernard Herrmann: 100th Birthday Celebration in the Greene Space, June 29
Join WQXR's David Garland and Elliott Forrest to celebrate Bernard Herrmann, with music, film clips, and conversation. Special guests include Bernard Herrmann's daughter, writer Dorothy Herrmann; Hollywood Bowl Orchestra conductor John Mauceri; musician Rob Schwimmer; writer/musician Royal S. Brown; 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).