Bernard Herrmann Centenary Celebration, Part IV: Lyricism and Later Works
Saturday, June 25, 2011
June 29th marks the 100th anniversary of the birth, here in New York City, of composer Bernard Herrmann. Each Saturday in 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 excelled at writing music for suspenseful, frightening movies, as has been shown in previous programs in this month-long series. But there was another side to his music. Herrmann also wrote some of the most lyrical, affecting, romantic themes in cinema. Reportedly, Herrmann's personal favorite of his scores was the openhearted, yearning, nostalgic music he wrote for "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir." Host David Garland presents highlights from that score, and others that show Herrmann's lyricism, such as "Joy In the Morning," "Anna and the King of Siam," and "Jane Eyre." Plus, we hear from some of Herrmann's later work, including his final score, "Taxi Driver."