Knowledge Identifier: +Bernard_Herrmann
Born in 1911.
Countries: United States (39%), United Kingdom (25%), (15%)
Linked to: DeWitt Clinton High School, Juilliard School, New York University, Bonhams
In 1934, Herrmann met a young CBS secretary and aspiring writer, Lucille Fletcher
Charles Ives - At this time, Ives was promoted by Bernard Herrmann, who worked as a conductor at CBS and in 1940 became principal conductor of the CBS Symphony Orchestra.
As well as his many film scores, Herrmann wrote several concert pieces, including a symphony in 1941; the opera "Wuthering Heights"; the cantata "Moby Dick" , dedicated to Charles_Ives; and "For the Fallen", a tribute to the soldiers who died in battle in World War II, among others
Miklos Rozsa - In 1945, Rózsa was hired to compose the score for Alfred Hitchcock's film "Spellbound", after Bernard Herrmann became unavailable due to other commitments
From the late 1950s to the mid-1960s, Herrmann scored a series of notable mythically themed fantasy films, including "Journey to the Center of the Earth" and the Ray Harryhausen Dynamation epics "Jason and the Argonauts", "Mysterious Island", "The Three Worlds of Gulliver", and "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad"
Elmer Bernstein adapted and arranged Herrmann's original score from J. Lee Thompson's "Cape Fear" , and used it for the 1991 Martin Scorsese remake
In 1963 Herrmann began writing original music for the CBS-TV anthology series, "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour", which was in its eighth season
Sinfonia of London - Among the original ensemble's most celebrated commercial classical recordings is its 1963 recordings with Sir John Barbirolli conducting the "Serenade for Strings" of Edward Elgar and the "Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis" of Ralph Vaughan Williams for EMI Classics and the 1958 soundtrack album from the Alfred Hitchcock thriller "Vertigo" with Bernard Herrmann's score conducted by Muir Mathieson
During his last years in England, between 1966 and 1975, Herrmann made several LPs of other composers' music for assorted record labels
Joseph Ward (tenor) - In 1966 he appeared in the sole recording of Bernard Herrmann's only opera, "Wuthering Heights", conducted by the composer
Elizabeth Bainbridge - In 1966 she appeared in the sole recording of Bernard Herrmann's opera "Wuthering Heights", conducted by the composer
Morag Beaton - In 1966, she recorded the role of Cathy in the complete recording of Bernard Herrmann's "Wuthering Heights", under the composer's direction
By 1967 Herrmann worked almost exclusively in England
"Georgie's Theme" from Herrmann's score for the 1968 film "Twisted Nerve" is whistled by one-eyed nurse Elle Driver in the hospital corridor scene in Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill Vol. 1"
Marnie (film) - It was the final occasion when he would work with several of his key team members: director of photography Robert Burks, who died in 1968; editor George Tomasini, who died soon after "Marnie"'s release, and music composer Bernard Herrmann, who was fired during Hitchcock's next film, "Torn Curtain" , when Hitchcock and Universal studio executives wanted a more contemporary "pop" tune for the film
"This is rather interesting, because it comes a year after Hitchcock had abruptly fired Herrmann from his work scoring "Torn Curtain" and indicates Hitchcock may have hoped to mend fences with Herrmann and have him score his next film, "Topaz"," reported Wellesnet, the Orson Welles website, in April 2009:
Herrmann later made a recording of the work in 1970 and this reunion with the LSO, after more than a decade, was significant to him for several reasons - he had long hoped to record his own interpretation of the symphony, feeling that Leonard Bernstein's 1951 version was "overblown and inaccurate"; on a personal level, it served to assuage Herrmann's long-held feeling that he had been snubbed by the orchestra after his first visit in 1956
Symphony No. 2 (Ives) - Bernard Herrmann, another long-time champion of Ives's music, recorded the work with the London Symphony Orchestra in Decca/London's 'Phase 4 Stereo' on 4 January 1972
Revell's early orchestral music during the early nineties, such as "Child's Play 2" as well as the 1963 "The Twilight Zone" episode "Living Doll" , were very similar to Herrmann's work
Charles Gerhardt conducted a 1974 RCA recording entitled "The Classic Film Scores of Bernard Herrmann" with the National Philharmonic Orchestra
Taxi Driver - The music by Bernard Herrmann was his final score before his death on December 24, 1975, and the film is dedicated to his memory
On their 1977 album "Ra," American progressive rock group Utopia adapted "Mountaintop/Sunrise," in a rock arrangement, as the introduction to the album's opening song, "Communion With The Sun." And most recently, Ludovic Bource used the love theme from "Vertigo" literally in the last reels of 2011's "The Artist"
In 1991, Steven C. Smith wrote a Herrmann biography titled "A Heart at Fire's Center", a quotation from a favorite Stephen Spender poem of Herrmann's
John Zorn - Naked City - "Radio", released in 1993, was the first Naked City album composed solely by Zorn, and featured tracks drawing on a wide range of musical influences including Charles Mingus, Little Feat, Ruins, Booker T. and the M.G.'s, Colin Wilson, Albert King, Chuck Brown, Orchestra Baobab, the Accüsed, the Meters, Tony Williams' Lifetime, Anton Webern, Sammy Cahn, Frank Sinatra, Morton Feldman, Igor Stravinsky, the Melvins, Beatmasters, Septic Death, Abe Schwartz, Ivo Papasov, Naftule Brandwein, Repulsion, Led Zeppelin, Bernard Herrmann, Santana, Extreme
It was nominated for the 1998 Grammy Award for "Best Engineered Album, Classical
Busta Rhymes - Its lead single, "Gimme Some More" which sampled Bernard Herrmann's theme from Psycho reached number 6 in the UK singles chart in January 1999.
Hollywood Symphony Orchestra - Composers represented in 2006 included Miklós Rózsa, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Maurice Jarre, Victor Young, Dimitri Tiomkin, Craig Armstrong, Clint Eastwood, Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein, Dave Grusin, Alex North, John Scott, Sergei Prokofiev, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Max Steiner, Don Davis, Ernest Gold, Bernard Herrmann
In a 2011 interview on a TCM television special, Steven Spielberg recalls Herrmann's last day