Bernard Herrmann (composer)

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Bernard Herrmann (born Maximillian Herman; June 29, 1911 – December 24, 1975) was an American composer and conductor best known for his work in composing for films. As a conductor, he championed the music of lesser-known composers. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest film composers. Alex Ross writes that "Over four decades, he revolutionized movie scoring by abandoning the illustrative musical techniques that dominated Hollywood in the 1930s and imposing his own peculiar harmonic and rhythmic vocabulary."

An Academy Award-winner for The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941), Herrmann is known for his collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock, notably The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) (where he makes a cameo as the conductor at Royal Albert Hall), Vertigo (1958), North by Northwest (1959), Psycho (1960), The Birds (1963) (as "sound consultant") and Marnie (1964). He worked in radio drama, composing for Orson Welles's The Mercury Theater on the Air, and his first film score was for Welles's film debut, Citizen Kane (1941). His other credits include Jane Eyre (1943), Anna and the King of Siam (1946), The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947), The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), Cape Fear (1962), Fahrenheit 451 (1966) and Twisted Nerve (1968). Herrmann scored films that were inspired by Hitchcock, like François Truffaut's The Bride Wore Black (1968) and Brian De Palma's Sisters (1972) and Obsession (1976). He composed the scores for several fantasy films by Ray Harryhausen, and composed for television, including Have Gun – Will Travel and Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone. His last score, recorded shortly before his death, was for Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver (1976).

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1970Symphony no. 5 in E “Lenore”Joachim Raff; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Herrmann3
1970The PlanetsGustav Holst; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Herrmann3
1971The ImpressionistsSatie, Debussy, Ravel, Fauré, Honegger; London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Herrmann1
1974The Fantasy Film World of Bernard HerrmannBernard Herrmann; National Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Herrmann4
1974The Film Music Of Bernard Herrmann: "The Twisted Nerve", "The Bride Wore Black", "Hangover Square"Bernard Herrmann1
1990Bernard Herrmann Anthology, Volume 1: The Magnificent AmbersonsBernard Herrmann1
1991American Chamber MusicBernard Herrmann, David Diamond, Quincy Porter, Charles Ives; Chamber Music Northwest, David Shifrin1
1992Herrmann / Waxman / RózsaBernard Herrmann, Franz Waxman, Miklós Rózsa; Berliner Symphoniker, Isaiah Jackson1
1993Symphony / The FantasticksBernard Herrmann; National Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Herrmann1
1994Welles Raises Kane / The Devil & Daniel Webster / ObsessionBernard Herrmann1
1995Fahrenheit 451 (re-recording)Bernard Herrmann, Joel McNeely & Seattle Symphony Orchestra1
1996Vertigo (re-recording)Bernard Herrmann; Joel McNeely, Royal Scottish National Orchestra4
1996The Mysterious Film World of Bernard Herrmann (National Philharmonic Orchestra feat. conductor: Bernard Herrmann)Bernard Herrmann1
1996At the MoviesBernard Herrmann1
1996Bernard Hermann conducts Great British Film MusicBernard Herrmann1
1996Concerto MacabreBernard Herrmann1
1996The Four Faces of JazzBernard Herrmann3
1997Psycho: Complete Original Motion Picture Score (re-recording)Bernard Herrmann; Joel McNeely, Royal Scottish National Orchestra1
1997Music From Great Film ClassicsBernard Herrmann2
1998The Trouble With HarryBernard Herrmann, Joel McNeely & Royal Scottish National Orchestra1
1998Souvenirs de Voyage / EchoesBernard Herrmann1
1998Torn Curtain (The Unused Score) (re-recording)Bernard Herrmann, Joel McNeely & National Philharmonic Orchestra1
1998The 7th Voyage Of SinbadBernard Herrmann, John Debney - Royal Scottish National Orchestra2
1999The Twilight Zone (re-recording)Bernard Herrmann & Joel McNeely52
1999Citizen Kane (re-recording)Bernard Herrmann, Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Joel McNeely1
1999Jason and the ArgonautsBernard Herrmann; Sinfonia of London, Bruce Broughton1
2000Marnie (re-recording)Bernard Herrmann, Joel McNeely & Royal Scottish National Orchestra2
2001The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (Re-recording)Bernard Herrmann, Joel McNeely & Royal Scottish National Orchestra2
2003The Day the Earth Stood Still (Re-recording)Bernard Herrmann; Joel McNeely2
2007North by Northwest (re-recording)Bernard Herrmann, Slovak National Symphony Orchestra & Joel McNeely1
2008The Kentuckian / Williamsburg: The Story Of A PatriotBernard Herrmann; Moscow Symphony Orchestra, William Stromberg1
2008Four American QuartetsGlass, Herrmann, Antheil, Evans; Fine Arts Quartet1
2010The Film Music of Bernard Hermann: Hangover Square & Citizen Kane (BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Orchestra, Conductor: Rumon Gamba)Bernard Herrmann1
2011Psycho Suite for String Quartet / Souvenirs de voyage / EchoesBernard Herrmann; Tippett Quartet, Julian Bliss1
2011Moby Dick / SinfoniettaBernard Herrmann; Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Choir, Michael Schønwandt, Richard Edgar‐Wilson, David Wilson-Johnson1
2011Wuthering HeightsBernard Herrmann; Laura Aikin, Boaz Daniel, Orchestre national de Montpellier Languedoc‐Roussillon, Alain Altinoglu2
2015Herrmann / Gershwin / Waxman / CoplandHerrmann, Gershwin, Waxman, Copland; The Nash Ensemble2
2016Taxi Driver (Original Soundtrack Recording)Dave Blume And Bernard Herrmann1
2016Herrmann: Souvenirs de Voyage / Del Tredici: Magyar MadnessBernard Herrmann, David Del Tredici; Fine Arts Quartet, Michel Lethiec1
2020Whitman (Radio Drama by Norman Corwin); Souvenirs de voyage; Psycho: A Narrative for String OrchestraBernard Herrmann; William Sharp, Murray Horwitz, David Jones, Netanel Draiblate, Eva Cappelletti Chao, Philippe Chao, Benjamin Capps, PostClassical Ensemble, Angel Gil-Ordóñez1
2023Suite from Wuthering Heights / Echoes for StringsBernard Herrmann; Keri Fuge, Roderick Williams, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Mario Venzago1

Album + Compilation

1969Music From Hitchcock FilmsBernard Herrmann2
1986Alfred Hitchcock's Film MusicBernard Herrmann1
1989Film Fantasy - Film music by Bernard HerrmannBernard Herrmann1
1989The Concert SuitesBernard Herrmann1
1991Citizen Kane (Citizen Kane, Beneath the 12-Mile Reef, Hangover Square, White Witch Doctor)Bernard Herrmann; National Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Gerhardt1
1992Psycho: Great Hitchcock Movie ThrillersBernard Herrmann1
1993Bernard Herrmann Film Scores: From Citizen Kane to Taxi DriverBernard Herrmann; Elmer Bernstein, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra3
1994Classic Fantasty Film ScoresBernard Herrmann1
1995The Marvellous Film World of Bernard Herrmann, Volume 2Bernard Herrmann1
1996Great Film MusicBernard Herrmann1
1996Music from: The Great Hitchcock Movie ThrillersBernard Herrmann2
1996Classic JazzBernard Herrmann & Stanley Black1
1996Concerto MacabreBernard Herrmann1
1996Music From Great Film ClassicsBernard Herrmann1
1999Citizen Kane: The Essential Bernard Herrmann Film Music CollectionBernard Herrmann; The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra1
2000Elokuva SoiBernard Herrmann, Dmitri Šostakovitš; Esa‐Pekka Salonen, Los Angelesin filharmonikot, James Judd, Berliinin radion sinfoniaorkesteri1
2006The Essential Film Music CollectionBernard Herrmann1
2011Highlights From Reconstructed & Newly Recorded Film ScoresKorngold / Steiner / Herrmann / William Stromberg / The Moscow Symphony Orchestra1
2021The Film Scores On Phase 4Bernard Herrmann1

Album + Compilation + Soundtrack

1988Citizen Kane (Citizen Kane, Jane Eyre, The Devil And Daniel Webster, The Snows Of Kilimanjaro, Jason And The Argonauts)Bernard Herrmann1
2001The View from Pompey's Head / Blue DenimElmer Bernstein / Bernard Herrmann1
2003The CBS Years, Volume 2: American GothicBernard Herrmann1
2011At 20th Century FoxBernard Herrmann1
2016Psycho / Vertigo (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)Bernard Herrmann2
2023The Man Who Knew Too Much / On Dangerous Ground (Re-recording)Bernard Herrmann51

Album + Soundtrack

1958VertigoBernard Herrmann57
1969Les Bicyclettes de Belsize / Twisted NerveLes Reed & Barry Mason / Bernard Herrmann1
1975Citizen KaneBernard Herrmann1
1975PsychoBernard Herrmann; National Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Herrmann2
1975SistersBernard Herrmann2
1976Taxi DriverBernard Herrmann7
1980North by NorthwestBernard Herrmann8
1983Bernard Herrmann's Outer Space Suite / The Moat Farm Murders / The HitchikerBernard Herrmann1
1983Outer Space SuiteBernard Herrmann42
1984Have Gun Will TravelBernard Herrmann1
1985The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1975 rerecording)Bernard Herrmann, Elmer Bernstein3
1986The 7th Voyage of SinbadBernard Herrmann2
1987Battle of NeretvaBernard Herrmann2
1989ObsessionBernard Herrmann5
1990It's Alive 2Bernard Herrmann1
1990The EgyptianBernard Herrmann & Alfred Newman5
1991Cape Fear (1991 version)Bernard Herrmann2
1992Wuthering HeightsBernard Herrmann; Pro Arte Orchestra, Bernard Herrmann1
1993The Day the Earth Stood StillBernard Herrmann46
1993Mysterious IslandBernard Herrmann1
1993The 3 Worlds of GulliverBernard Herrmann1
1994Citizen Kane (1992 re-recording)Bernard Herrmann21
1994Marnie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (original 1964 recording)Bernard Herrmann3
1994Night DiggerBernard Herrmann1
1994The Devil And Daniel Webster / Currier And Ives / Silent Noon / For The FallenBernard Herrmann1
1995Fahrenheit 451Bernard Herrmann3
1996The Film ScoresBernard Herrmann; Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen2
1996Cape Fear (1962)Bernard Herrmann2
1996Garden of Evil / Prince of PlayersBernard Herrmann1
1997Journey to the Center of the EarthBernard Herrmann3
1997The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (original 1947 recording)Bernard Herrmann1
1998PsychoBernard Herrmann / Danny Elfman, Steve Bartek1
1999Bernard Herrmann at Fox, Volume 2: Garden of Evil / Prince of Players / King of the Khyber RiflesBernard Herrmann2
1999Bernard Herrmann at Fox, Volume 1: Tender Is the Night / The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit / A Hatful of RainBernard Herrmann2

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