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Bernard Herrmann

Occupation: Composer also: conductor

Born: June 29, 1911, New York, NY
Died: December 24, 1975

Education: NYU; Juilliard (music)


Bernard Herrmann's Biography in the Internet Movie Database.

Bernard Herrmann's Internet Movie Database Filmography entry.

Pre-eminent film composer brought to Hollywood by Orson Welles and subsequently renowned for his collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock. Herrmann had scored many of Welles's radio shows before making the move west for Citizen Kane (1941), and immediately joined the front rank of film composers. In contrast to the prevailing Hollywood style, Herrmann's scores moved away from full, lush arrangements to smaller, often unorthodox orchestration. Equally innovative was his use of brief, easily recognizable themes in place of lengthier melodies.

Of Herrmann's many collaborations with Hitchcock, The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) in which he appears as the conductor Vertigo (1958) and Psycho (1960) stand out. His other outstanding credits include The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941) which beat out his "Kane" score for the Oscar The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), Francois Truffaut's The Bride Wore Black (1968) and Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver (1976).

Hitchcock scores by Herrmann:
The Man Who Knew Too Much
The Trouble With Harry
The Birds (Sound Consultant)
The Wrong Man
Torn Curtain (Scored but not used)
North by Northwest