Bernard Hermann

Reply Wed 11 Jan, 2006 03:02 pm
He was a composer, and is most often remembered as the man who scored a number of Hitchcock films. I think he was brilliant, and anyone who's seen "North by Northwest," "Vertigo," or "Psycho" will know what I'm talking about. Thoughts?
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Reply Wed 11 Jan, 2006 09:27 pm
Few know his only movie Western score was "Garden of Evil" which I have on a Marco Polo CD. His score for "Journey to the Center of the Earth" has a magnificent passage for organ and orchestra when the explorers first gaze down into the abyss of the crater. His scoring, with Alfred Newman, of "The Egyptian" was actually broadcast on the old LA FM classical station KFAC upon the release of the film. It's the best element of the film.

"The Devil and Daniel Webster" is a brilliant Hermann score as well as "Citizen Kane" (I'ave met many people who don't even know he scored that film).

His complete filmography of scores:

Movie Boy (2005) (cue "The Killing" from "Torn Curtain")
"20th Century Greats" (2004) (mini) TV Series
The Hitch Hiker (2004/I)
Visioni di Palio (2004)
... aka Visions of the Palio (International: English title)
Fremde Frau, Die (2004) (TV)
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) (from score "Twisted Nerve")
... aka Kill Bill (USA: informal short title)
... aka Kill Bill 1 (USA: informal title)
... aka Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill: Volume One (USA: promotional title)
Wonderland (2003/I) (from "Taxi Driver")
Koi... Mil Gaya (2003) (from "Cape Fear (1991)") (uncredited)
... aka I Found Someone (International: English title: informal literal title)
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003) (from film scores "Cape Fear" and "Vertigo")
Dhund: The Fog (2003) (from "Psycho (1960)") (uncredited)
Jackass: The Movie (2002) ("The Murder" from film "Psycho")
... aka Jackass (USA)
Road (2002) (from "Cape Fear (1962)") (uncredited)
The Making of 'Cape Fear' (2001/II) (V) (from "Cape Fear")
'Obsession' Revisited (2001) (V)
The Trouble with Harry Isn't Over (2001) (V)
The Making of 'The Man Who Knew Too Much' (2000) (V)
'Torn Curtain' Rising (2000) (V)
RKO 281 (1999) (TV) (from "Citizen Kane")
... aka RKO 281: The Battle Over Citizen Kane (USA: video box title)
'Psycho' Path (1999) (V)
Trail of Terror (1999) (V) (from "Psycho (1960)") (uncredited)
Psycho (1998) (from "Psycho (1960)")
The Harryhausen Chronicles (1998) (TV) (excerpts from "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad", "The Three Worlds of Gulliver", Mysterious Island", and "Jason and the Argonauts") (uncredited)
The Reality Trip (1997) (TV)
Lumière et compagnie (1996) (from film score "Marnie")
... aka Lumière and Company (International: English title)
... aka Lumiere y compañía (Spain)
Twelve Monkeys (1995) (from "Vertigo (1958)")
It Takes Two (1995) (theme song "Psycho")
... aka Me and My Shadow
Reality Bites (1994) (from film "Psycho") (uncredited)
Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey (1994) (from "The Day the Earth Stood Still") (as Bernard Hermann)
100 Years at the Movies (1994) (from score "Citizen Kane") (uncredited)
Mammo (1994) (from "Psycho (1960)")
Kika (1993) (from "Psycho (1960)")
... aka Kika (France)
Music for the Movies: Bernard Herrmann (1992)
Cape Fear (1991) (from "Cape Fear (1962)")
Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990) (TV) (from "Psycho (1960)")
Adam Hart i Sahara (1990) (V) (from "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad") (uncredited)
The Wizard of Speed and Time (1989) (from "Devil and Daniel Webster, The (1941)")
It's Alive III: Island of the Alive (1987) (from "It's Alive! (1974/I)")
... aka Island of the Alive (USA)
Psycho II (1983) (from "Psycho (1960)")
... aka Psicosis 2 (USA: Spanish title)
... aka Psycose 2 (USA: Spanish title)
Mistress Electra (1983) (from "Taxi Driver") (uncredited)
... aka My Mistress Electra
Chambre 666 (1982) (TV)
... aka Room 666 (International: English title)
Afternoon Delights (1980) (from "Vertigo" (1958)
It Lives Again (1978) (from "It's Alive! (1974/I)")
... aka It's Alive II
Water Power (1977) (from "Cape Fear" and "Taxi Driver") (uncredited)
... aka Enema Bandit (USA: reissue title)
... aka The Enema Killer (USA: reissue title)
... aka Water Power (USA)
Obsession (1976)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Secret Desire (1975) (unauthorized)
Wet Wilderness (1975) (from "Psycho" 1960) (uncredited)
It's Alive (1974/I)
Sisters (1973)
... aka Blood Sisters (UK)
The Night Digger (1971)
... aka The Road Builder
Endless Night (1971)
... aka Agatha Christie's Endless Night
Bezeten - Het gat in de muur (1969)
... aka Besessen - Das Loch in der Wand (West Germany)
... aka Obsessions
Backtrack! (1969) (stock music) (uncredited)
Bitka na Neretvi (1969)
... aka Battaglia della Neretva, La (Italy)
... aka Battle of the River Neretva (Australia: video title)
... aka Schlacht an der Neretva, Die (West Germany)
... aka The Battle of Neretva (USA)
... aka The Battle of the River Neretva (USA)
Twisted Nerve (1968)
Companions in Nightmare (1968) (TV)
Mariée était en noir, La (1968)
... aka The Bride Wore Black (Australia) (UK) (USA)
... aka Sposa in nero, La (Italy)
"Cimarron Strip" (1967) TV Series (episode "Knife in the Darkness")
Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
"Convoy" (1965) TV Series (multiple episodes) (also theme)
"Lost in Space" (1965) TV Series (stock music)
Joy in the Morning (1965)
"Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" (1964) TV Series (episode "Cave of the Dead")
Marnie (1964)
"Kraft Suspense Theatre" (1963) TV Series (episode "A Lion Amongst Men")
"Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre" (1963) TV Series (multiple episodes)
... aka The Chrysler Theater
... aka Universal Star Time (syndication title)
"The Great Adventure" (1963) TV Series (episode "The Story of Nathan Hale")
"The Richard Boone Show" (1963) TV Series
Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
... aka Jason and the Golden Fleece
"The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" (1962) TV Series (17 episodes)
"The Virginian" (1962) TV Series (episode "The Last Grave at Socorro Creek") (episode "Nobility Of Kings") (episode "Reckoning") (episode "Show Me A Hero")
... aka The Men from Shiloh (new title)
Cape Fear (1962)
Tender Is the Night (1962)
Mysterious Island (1961)
... aka Jules Verne's Mysterious Island (UK: complete title)
"The Americans" (1961) TV Series
The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (1960)
... aka The Worlds of Gulliver
Psycho (1960)
Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)
... aka Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth
... aka Trip to the Center of the Earth
"Adventures in Paradise" (1959) TV Series (uncredited)
"The Twilight Zone" (1959) TV Series (theme) (episode "90 Years without Slumbering") (theme) (episode "The Eye of the Beholder") (theme) (episode "Little Girl Lost") (theme) (episode "Living Doll") (theme) (episode "The Lonely") (theme) (episode "Walking Distance") (theme) (episode "Where Is Everybody?")
Blue Denim (1959)
... aka Blue Jeans (UK)
North by Northwest (1959)
"For Better or Worse" (1959/I) TV Series
"Rawhide" (1959) TV Series (episode "Pursuit")
"The House on K-Street" (1959) TV Series (pilot "Hammer Fist (1959)") (also theme)
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)
"Pursuit" (1958) TV Series
"Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse" (1958) TV Series
... aka Desilu Playhouse
The Naked and the Dead (1958)
The Fiend Who Walked the West (1958) (stock music) (uncredited)
Vertigo (1958)
Collector's Item (1958) (TV) (uncredited)
"Perry Mason" (1957) TV Series
"Have Gun - Will Travel" (1957) TV Series (episodes "Three Bells to Perdido (1957)" and others)
A Hatful of Rain (1957)
Williamsburg: The Story of a Patriot (1957)
The Wrong Man (1956)
"Playhouse 90" (1956) TV Series (episode "Without Incident")
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956)
The Ethan Allen Story (1956) (TV)
Landmark (1956) (TV)
The Trouble with Harry (1955)
"Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1955) TV Series (theme)
"Gunsmoke" (1955) TV Series (episode "Harriet") (episode "Kitty Shot") (episode "The Tall Trapper")
... aka Gun Law (UK)
... aka Marshal Dillon (USA: rerun title)
The Kentuckian (1955)
Prince of Players (1955)
"Climax!" (1954) TV Series
... aka Climax Mystery Theater (USA)
"Shower of Stars" (1954) TV Series (episode "A Christmas Carol")
... aka Chrysler Shower of Stars
The Egyptian (1954)
Garden of Evil (1954)
"The Lineup" (1954) TV Series
... aka San Francisco Beat
King of the Khyber Rifles (1953)
Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953)
White Witch Doctor (1953)
"General Electric Theater" (1953) TV Series (episode "A Child Is Born")
... aka G.E. Theatre (USA)
The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952)
... aka Ernest Hemingway's The Snows of Kilimanjaro (USA: complete title)
5 Fingers (1952)
... aka Five Fingers
On Dangerous Ground (1952)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
"Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok" (1951) TV Series (stock music) (uncredited)
"Suspense" (1949) TV Series (theme)
Portrait of Jennie (1948) (uncredited)
... aka Jennie (UK)
... aka Tidal Wave
"Studio One" (1948) TV Series
... aka Studio One Summer Theatre (summer title)
... aka Studio One in Hollywood (new title)
... aka Summer Theatre (summer title)
... aka Westinghouse Studio One
... aka Westinghouse Summer Theatre (summer title)
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)
Anna and the King of Siam (1946)
Hangover Square (1945)
The Falcon in Mexico (1944) (stock music) (uncredited)
Jane Eyre (1944)
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) (uncredited)
The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941)
... aka A Certain Mr. Scratch (USA: alternative title)
... aka All That Money Can Buy (USA: bible belt title)
... aka Daniel and the Devil (USA: reissue title)
... aka Here Is a Man (USA: preview title)
Citizen Kane (1941) (background score) (song "Aria from Salambo") (uncredited)
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Reply Wed 11 Jan, 2006 09:36 pm
He was one of the early composers who championed the Theremin which represented the birth of electronically generated music and used it to great effect in "The Day the Earth Stood Still."
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Reply Thu 12 Jan, 2006 01:21 am
He's slowly but steadily becoming "canonized." He appears on more symphony concert programs every year.
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Reply Thu 12 Jan, 2006 12:42 pm
There are several CD's out with compilations of his scores including Esa Pekka Solonen and the LA Philharmonic who performed it live with rear projection behind the orchestra of the films.
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