Bernard Herrmann Centenary Celebration, Part IV: Lyricism and Later Works

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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."

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Comments [6]

Marc Levy from San Diego, CA

Great series, thanks for your insights.

Were you referring to Gig Young in "Companions in Nightmare" produced/directed by Norman Lloyd? This 1968 TV movie and soundtrack beg for re-release!

The ending cue foreshadows Benny's work for "Sisters" and "Fahrenheit 451" and I have never forgot it (saw it only once on TV in the late 60's).

Jul. 22 2011 05:10 PM
Michael A Kaplan from NYC

David -

RE your comment about the odd acoustic on the Herrman score for THE BRIDE WORE BLACK - I've noticed that same distractingly 'up front' placement on British soundtracks as far back as 1964's SQUADRON 633 (composer/Ron Goddwin) and at least up to 1971's ZEPPELIN (composer/Roy Budd) - I'm sure there are dozens of others, but they all seem to be British-based - and I've always presumed they were recorded in the same facility, but where? It's a very odd sound positioning. BTW - recently saw a James Mason film, THE UPTURNED GLASS which has a tremendous score by Bernard Stevens, a classical composer with few film credits. Worth checking out.

Jul. 04 2011 03:07 PM
Dennis Lonergan from Manhattan

This was a fantastic evening, so thoughtfully put together. It was a wonderful event and each speaker lent something unique to it. Thank you for making it happen.

Jun. 30 2011 11:51 AM
John Kaufman from Allston, MA

Your Bernard Hermann series has been absolutely fascinating. I've gained many fresh insights into the life and work of this great composer through your programs.

Jun. 28 2011 08:53 AM
ed chang from nyc

Bravo on a great job of 4 weeks of Bennie!

Jun. 26 2011 09:57 AM
Linda Miner from NJ

Your insight into Bernard Herman, the man, makes his music come to life even more. I hear the yearning in his music. Thanks for all the great shows.

Jun. 25 2011 09:57 PM

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