Bernard Herrmann, Master of Cinematic Music

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Today, June 29, marks the 102nd anniversary of Bernard Herrmann's birth here in New York City. Herrmann developed a unique approach to scoring films, and his influence continues to be felt and heard. He used unusual instrumental colors, and a less-is-more approach to harmony, to create a new musical language for drama.

Herrmann's first film score was for "Citizen Kane"; his last was for "Taxi Driver." And in between those iconic films Herrmann created many classic film scores demonstrating his versatility and unique flair.

David Garland presents a range of Herrmann's music, including highlights from "Citizen Kane" and "Taxi Driver"; selections from Herrmann's many collaborations with director Alfred Hitchcock, such as "Psycho," "Vertigo," and "North By Northwest"; and scores from "The Twilight Zone" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents."

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Comments [4]

Tiffany

Can this program be made available to listen to again?

Sep. 20 2013 03:04 PM
Bill in Colorado from Colorado

An excellent overview of Herrmann's efforts. Was not sure how you would net his scope, but you pulled it off wonderfully. I really enjoyed the radio and tv takes. Always do, though. That extra layer always takes your show to another level when it is available. (See Combat, Rat Patrol, Superboy, etc for examples.) I would add to Rick's lists of composers, Ralph Vaughan Williams....who I believe Herrmann knew.

Jul. 06 2013 10:41 PM
Peter from Bradley Beach, NJ

Excellent episode of Movies on the Radio. Sometime, I'd also love to hear a whole hour devoted to Jerry Goldsmith.

Jun. 29 2013 09:57 PM
rick from Atlanta, Ga

Bernard Hermann should be listed among the world's greatest composers. In the film score arena, he has no equals. As a composer, in my opinion he rivals the likes of Igor Stravinsky, Aaron Copeland, Ravel and other composers of high rank from the early to mid 20th century. To the present the most influential composers who've amassed a huge body of work for film like: John Williams, Danny Elfman, and many others, have all demonstrated in their musical concepts the unmistakable impact of Bernard Hermann's work.

Jun. 29 2013 11:22 AM

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