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|Born||June 29, 1911
New York City, New York, United States
|Died||December 24, 1975
North Hollywood, California, United States
|Cause of death||Heart failure|
|Years active||1941 - 1975|
|Spouse||Lucille Fletcher (2 October 1939-1948)
Lucy Anderson (1949-1964)
Norma Shepherd (27 November 1967–24 December 1975)
He won the Academy Award for the movie The Devil and Daniel Webster made in 1941. Herrmann often worked with director Alfred Hitchcock, including Psycho, North by Northwest, The Man Who Knew Too Much, and Vertigo. He also wrote music for many other movies, including Citizen Kane, Cape Fear and Taxi Driver. He also wrote music for radio drama including works for Orson Welles. He wrote for several fantasy movies by Ray Harryhausen, and many television programs.
Movie scores[change | edit source]
Note: This is by the date of release, not when they were written
Radio scores[change | edit source]
Melodramas[change | edit source]
These works are for a speaker and a full orchestra. These were written to be played over the radio because a human voice would not be able to be heard over the full volume of an orchestra. The 1935 works were written before June 1935.
- La Belle Dame Sans Merci (September 1934)
- The City of Brass (December 1934)
- Annabel Lee (1934-1935)
- Poem Cycle (1935):
- The Willow Leaf
- Weep No More, Sad Fountains
- Something Tells
- A Shropshire Lad (1935)
- Cynara (1935)
Music for radio shows and dramas[change | edit source]
- Palmolive Beauty Box (1935?) (2 existing cues)
- Dauber (October 1936)
- Rhythm of the Jute Mill (December 1936)
- Gods of the Mountain (1937)
- Brave New World (1956)
Concert works[change | edit source]
- The Forest: Tone poem for Large Orchestra (1929)
- November Dusk: Tone Poem for Large Orchestra (1929)
- Tempest and Storm: Furies Shrieking!: for Piano (1929)
- The Dancing Faun and The Bells: Two Songs for Medium Voice and Small Chamber Orchestra (1929)
- Requiescat: Violin and Piano (1929)
- Twilight: Violin and Piano (1929)
- March Militaire (1932), ballet music for Americana Revue (1932)
- Aria for Flute and Harp (1932)
- Variations on "Deep River" and "Water Boy" (1933)
- Prelude to Anathema: for Fifteen Instruments (1933)
- Silent Noon: for Fourteen Instruments (1933)
- The Body Beautiful (1935), music from the Broadway play
- Nocturne and Scherzo (1935)
- Sinfonietta for Strings (1935)
- Currier and Ives Suite (1935)
- Violin Concerto: Unfinished (1937)
- Moby Dick: Cantata (1937)
- Johnny Appleseed: Unfinished Cantata (1940)
- Symphony (1941)
- The Fantasticks (1942)
- The Devil and Daniel Webster Suite (1942)
- For the Fallen (1943)
- Welles Raises Kane (1943)
- Wuthering Heights: Opera (1951)
- Echoes: String Quartet (1965)
- Souvenirs de Voyage (1967)
- The King of Schnorrers (1968) Musical comedy
Other pages[change | edit source]
- Columbia Workshop - a radio series for which Herrmann was music director and wrote music for many episodes.
- High Anxiety— a comedy that makes fun of many Hitchcock movies and Herrmann's music.
- Hitchcock & Herrmann— a stage play about the relationship between Herrmann and Alfred Hitchcock.
Books[change | edit source]
- Smith, Steven C. (1991). A Heart at Fire's Center: The Life and Music of Bernard Herrmann. US: University of California Press. ISBN 0520071239.
- Cooper, David (2001). Bernard Herrmann's Vertigo: A Film Score Handbook. US: Greenwood Press. ISBN 031331490X.
- Cooper, David (2005). Bernard Herrmann's The Ghost and Mrs Muir: A Film Score Guide. US: Scarecrow Press. ISBN 0810856794.
- Johnson, Edward (1977). Bernard Herrmann - Hollywood's Music-Dramatist - Foreword by Miklos Rozsa. Rickmansworth, UK: Triad Press - Bibliographical Series No. 6.
Other websites[change | edit source]
- The Bernard Herrmann Estate
- The Bernard Herrmann Society
- Bernard Herrmann at the Internet Movie Database
- Bernard Herrmann papers, at the University of California, Santa Barbara Library.
- Bernard Herrmann: The Early Years
- Bernard Herrmann at Soundtrackguide.net
- Bernard Herrmann: A Celebration of his Life and Music
- Gramophone magazine obituary, February 1976.