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Bernard Herrmann (1911 - 1975)

Related: Psycho (1960) - score - soundtrack

Psycho: The Complete Original Motion Picture Score (1960) - Bernard Herrmann [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

Psycho (1960) - Alfred Hitchcock [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]

The famous shower scene with its now trademark score by Bernard Herrmann, featuring the screeching violins.


Bernard Herrmann (June 29, 1911–December 24, 1975) was a composer, best known for his film scores, particularly for those directed by Alfred Hitchcock. He also wrote the scores for Citizen Kane, Cape Fear and Taxi Driver as well as for the original radio broadcast of Orson Welles' The War of the Worlds. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest film composers of all time.

See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard Herrmann

Unorthodox Orchestration

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. --http://hitchcock.tv/people/herrmann.html [Jan 2006]

Psycho (1960) - Alfred Hitchcock

Psycho (1960) features the famous screeching violins of the shower scene.

It's Alive! (1974) Larry Cohen

It's Alive! (1974) Larry Cohen [Amazon.com]

It's Alive is a 1974 horror film written and directed by Larry Cohen. In the movie, a couple's infant child turns out to be a vicious monster that kills when frightened. Notable talents involved in the movie were Bernard Herrmann for the score and Rick Baker for makeup and puppet effects. [Jan 2006]

See also: horror film - 1974 - pregnancy in film - Larry Cohen

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