Main content
Sorry, this episode is not currently available

Donald Macleod explores Bernard Herrmann's collaboration with Alfred Hitchcock, including the story behind its abrupt end over the music for Torn Curtain.

Donald Macleod explores the fruitful years Bernard Herrmann spent in Hollywood. He worked with innovative sci-fi producer Ray Harryhausen and enjoyed a hugely successful collaboration with film director Alfred Hitchcock for 11 years - until its abrupt end over the music for Torn Curtain.

Main titles to North by Northwest
London Studio Symphony Orchestra
Laurie Johnson (conductor)
UKCD 2040 Tr 1

Outer Space (The Day the Earth Stood Still)
National Philharmonic Orchestra
Bernard Herrmannn (conductor)
London 4438992
Track 11

A portrait of 'Hitch' (The Trouble with Harry)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Bernard Herrmann (conductor)
London 4438952 Tr 5

Overture; The Duel with the Skeleton; Baghdad (The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad)
National Philharmonic Orchestra
Bernard Herrmann (conductor)
Track 2, Decca 421 266-2

Suite for Psycho
National Philharmonic Orchestra
Bernard Herrmann (conductor)
London 4438952 Tr 1

Prelude; The Radiogram/Hotel; Valse Lente (Torn Curtain)
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Elmer Bernstein (conductor)
Warner BSK 3185 S1.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Bernard Herrmann

    Main titles to North by Northwest

    Performer: London Studio Symphony Orchestra Performer: Laurie Johnson (conductor)

    • UKCD 2040 Tr 1.
  • Bernard Herrmann

    Outer Space (The Day the Earth Stood Still)

    Performer: National Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Bernard Herrmannn (conductor)

    • London 4438992 Track 11.
  • Bernard Herrmann

    A portrait of 'Hitch' (The Trouble with Harry)

    Performer: London Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Bernard Herrmann (conductor)

    • London 4438952 Tr 5.
  • Bernard Herrmann

    Overture; The Duel with the Skeleton; Baghdad (The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad)

    Performer: National Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Bernard Herrmann (conductor)

    • Track 2, Decca 421 266-2.
  • Bernard Herrmann

    Suite for Psycho

    Performer: National Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Bernard Herrmann (conductor)

    • London 4438952 Tr 1.
  • Bernard Herrmann

    Prelude; The Radiogram/Hotel; Valse Lente (Torn Curtain)

    Performer: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Elmer Bernstein (conductor)

    • Warner BSK 3185 S1..

Broadcast

Composers A to Z

Composers A to Z

Visit the extensive audio archive of Radio 3 programmes about Composers and their works.

Who knew? Five eye-opening stories from Composer of the Week

Who knew? Five eye-opening stories from Composer of the Week

The production team reflects on 5 of Donald Macleod’s best stories from the last 20 years

A man out of time – why Parry's music and ideas were at odds with his image...

A man out of time – why Parry's music and ideas were at odds with his image...

The composer of Jerusalem was very far from the conservative figure his image suggests.

Five reasons why we love Parry's Jerusalem

Five reasons why we love Parry's Jerusalem

What is the strange power of Jerusalem which makes strong men weep?

Composer Help Page

Composer Help Page

Find resources and contacts for composers from within the classical music industry.