Bernard Herrmann

Born 29 June 1911. Died 24 December 1975.
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Bernard Herrmann

The fascinating life story of Bernard Herrmann, Hitchcock's musical collaborator.

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Bernard Herrmann (June 29, 1911 – December 24, 1975) was an American composer known for his work in motion pictures.

An Academy Award-winner (for The Devil and Daniel Webster, 1941; later renamed All That Money Can Buy), Herrmann is particularly known for his collaborations with director Alfred Hitchcock, most famously Psycho, North by Northwest, The Man Who Knew Too Much, and Vertigo. He also composed scores for many other movies, including Citizen Kane, The Day the Earth Stood Still, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Cape Fear, and Taxi Driver. He worked extensively in radio drama (composing for Orson Welles), composed the scores for several fantasy films by Ray Harryhausen, and many TV programs, including Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone and Have Gun–Will Travel.

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  1. Review of The Day The Earth Stood Still

    The Day The Earth Stood Still

    Reviewed by Nick Reynolds
    New recording of score for classic 1950s sci-fi movie. Not one but two theremins.
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