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The 3 Worlds of Gulliver, Bernard Herrmann

Bernard Herrmann

October 14th, 2014

Bernard Herrmann


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'30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

Bernard Herrmann


Bernard Herrmann was arguably the most innovative film composer of the 1940s, '50s, and '60s, even though he actually rejected the term "film composer," preferring to call himself a composer who sometimes wrote film scores. That was an apt description for a musician who, in addition to his film work, also composed works in a variety of other forms including opera, symphony, musical comedy, and concert music, as well as writing extensively for radio and television, while maintaining a concurrent conducting career that found him wielding a baton before major orchestras in New York, London, Los Angeles, and other cities, and in recording studios where he committed many of his compositions and those of other composers to disc. Nevertheless, his greatest fame came as an Academy Award-winning movie scorer who provided background music for 47 feature films released between 1941 and 1976, among them such cinema classics as Citizen Kane, Psycho, and Taxi Driver. That isn't actually such a large number of credits for the typical A-list Hollywood composer, who might have been expected to score twice as many motion pictures in three and a half decades. But Herrmann was deliberately selective in accepting screen assignments, determined to take the time to orchestrate his own scores, a practically unheard-of practice that contributed to the unusual nature of his writing. Unlike his peers and their arrangers, who tended to make full use of the existing orchestras at the movie studios, resulting in scores that sounded like traditional classical music, he made unusual decisions about what instruments to use, often employing far fewer musicians to more striking effect. Nor was he much interested in writing conventional melodic themes, preferring instead ostinatos and dramatic sound-effects-like passages that emphasized the suspenseful developments in his films for director Alfred Hitchcock, for example, or brought out the grandeur of the fantasy elements in his films for producer Charles Schneer and special effects expert Ray Harryhausen.

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The 3 Worlds of Gulliver, Bernard Herrmann
1. The 3 Worlds..
The Twilight Zone (The Complete Scores of Bernard Herrmann), Bernard Herrmann
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The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Bernard Herrmann
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Vertigo (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Bernard Herrmann
4. Vertigo (Ori..
Journey to the Center of the Earth (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Bernard Herrmann
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9. Fahrenheit 4..
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Sisters: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Bernard Herrmann
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The Day the Earth Stood Still, Bernard Herrmann
13. The Day the ..
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Psycho (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Digitally Remastered), Bernard Herrmann
17. Psycho (Orig..
Alfred Hitchcock (An Essential Collection), Bernard Herrmann
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Bernard Herrmann At Fox, Vol. 1: Tender Is the Night / The Man In the Gray Flannel Suite / A Hatful of Rain (Original Motion Picture Scores), Bernard Herrmann
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Taxi Driver (Main Title)Taxi Driver (Original Sound..2:14$0.99
Overture3 Worlds of Gulliver1:52$1.29
On the RocksNorth By Northwest (Origina..3:08$1.29
Stone FacesNorth By Northwest (Origina..1:50$1.29
MessageNorth By Northwest (Origina..1:02$1.29
AirportNorth By Northwest (Origina..1:04$1.29
AuctionNorth By Northwest (Origina..1:01$1.29
DuoNorth By Northwest (Origina..1:26$1.29
Conversation PieceNorth By Northwest (Origina..4:04$1.29
U.N.North By Northwest (Origina..1:09$1.29
Wild RideNorth By Northwest (Origina..2:49$1.29
KidnappedNorth By Northwest (Origina..2:06$1.29
StreetsNorth By Northwest (Origina..1:07$1.29
OvertureNorth By Northwest (Origina..2:19$1.29
Finale7th Voyage of Sinbad1:51$1.29
Sultan's Feast7th Voyage of Sinbad1:39$1.29
Stone Gate7th Voyage of Sinbad1:40$1.29
Princess7th Voyage of Sinbad0:59$1.29
Overture7th Voyage of Sinbad2:07$1.29
ForestNorth By Northwest: Origina..1:25$1.29
Overture — Main TitleNorth By Northwest: Origina..2:19$1.29
Necklace, The Return and FinaleVertigo (Original Motion Pi..7:47$1.29
Goodnight and the ParkVertigo (Original Motion Pi..3:09$1.29
Farewell and the TowerVertigo (Original Motion Pi..6:43$1.29
BayVertigo (Original Motion Pi..3:08$1.29

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