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."