Gotham Radio Theatre re-creates two episodes of the radio series CBS Columbia Workshop live on stage, with live music, sound effects and more to underscore the action. The Columbia Workshop – which aired on the CBS radio network from 1936 – 1942 – was the perfect platform for experimenting with the new medium and helped to develop the use of sound effects and vocal impersonations. Bernard Herrmann, who composed the scores for Psycho and Citizen Kane, wrote and arranged music for several of these productions, and his work will be on display in this production.News
FSM has published their old print magazine (1990-2005) now for free:
The San Francisco Symphony performs the score of Hitchcock’s Vertigo along with the film on November 1. One hour prior to the presentation of Vertigo on November 1, Steven Smith will give an informal talk from the Davies Symphony Hall stage to shed light on the working relationship of Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann.
UK viewers only.
A documentary presented by Neil Brand featuring Steiner, Korngold, Rozsa, Barry, Zimmer, Williams and Herrmann. Norma Herrmann also appears.
A special show live from BFI, Southbank in London, to launch Radio 3′s Sound of Cinema season.
His guests include Norma Herrmann, widow of the great film score composer Bernard Herrmann whose celebrated partnership with Alfred Hitchcock gave rise to some of the most disconcerting scores in cinema history; silent film pianist and composer Neil Brand; and the Tippett Quartet playing live and showcasing some of the best music to come out of the movieNews
Broadcaster and music critic John Amis died on 1st August at the age of 91.
Amis was a friend of Herrmann’s and interviewed the composer several times for the BBC.
He also appeared as singer on Herrmann’s 1967 recording of Moby Dick and the 1975 recording of The Fantasticks.
More on John Amis:News
Bernard Herrmann was born on 29th June 1911 in New York.
We have updated the website with two new items to celebrate his birthday.
In August 1975 Bernard Herrmann gave one of his last interviews to scholar Royal S. Brown,
Herrmann held his final public performance on April 21st 1974, at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London.
The WDR Radio orchestra presents a concert of Herrmann’s music with Katia Labèque & The Bernard Herrmann-Projekt
Experience thrillers from the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, accompanied live by the Symphony and featuring the US premiere of Vertigo with orchestra, Psycho, and more.
Wed Oct 30 8pm: Psycho complete with Orchestra
Thu Oct 31 7:30pm: The Lodger: Silent Film with Organ
Fri Nov 1 8pm: US Premiere: Vertigo complete with Orchestra
Sat Nov 2 8pm Hitchcock! Greatest Hits (with North by Northwest)News
The Norwegian Radio Orchestra gives an all Herrmann concert in February 2013:News
Film Score Rundowns has added a chord profile on Prince of PlayersNews
This trailer of Sacha Gervasi’s new film Hitchcock shows footage of Paul Schackman playing Bernard Herrmann:
The first (of four) volumes of the new edition of Randall D. Larson’s book has been published. Bernard Herrmann is included in the chapter on Television Music in the first book, and his music for fantasy and science fiction films will be covered in depth in the forthcoming second book. This is a major rewrite and update of the original 1984 edition.News
An article by Vincent Dowd for the BBC World Service:News
Nitin Sawhney was interviewed about his new score for Hitchcock’s The Lodger and Bernard HerrmannNews
Bernard Herrmann’s friend the author Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451) has passed away on 5th June 2012.News
The Warwick Arts Centre in Warwick, UK is showing the 1999 moving image installation by Douglas Gordon at the Mead Gallery from 1 May 2012 to 23 June 2012 alongside his new work Zidane, which follows the famous footballer. The event is called Maestros.
In Feature Film the camera hones in on conductor James Conlon as he leads the Paris Opera Orchestra conducting all of Herrmann’s music for Vertigo,
Ludovic Bource won an the Oscar for the best original score.
A scene in the film uses the music from Bernard Herrmann’s Vertigo (Scene d’Amour)
The score has also won the following awards previously:
BAFTA Award for Best Film Music
European Film Award for Best Composer
Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score
The Filmus-L archive is now available from the Bernard Herrmann Society.
The archives start in 1993 and end in 2010. If you were into film music in the nineties it was the most important place to be.
Also includes “Filmus-L: A Brief History” by H. Stephen Wright.
Varese Sarabande has released a 14 CD boxed set containing all his 20th Century Fox scores to celebrate the centenary:News
To celebrate Twilight Time’s Blu Ray of Mysterious Island is show at the Egyptian Theatre in LA on 13th November:News
The British comedian talks about scary film soundtracks:News
The recent Moby Dick recording by Chandos was reviewed by the Guardian:News
Bernard Herrmann, a film composer born 100 years ago, is the star of the film music Prom says Ivan Hewett:
BBC Proms 2011: The man who made Psycho even scarier
The Big Apple celebrates Herrmann’s 100th birthday with an intimate evening by Jim Lochner:
A piece on Herrmann’s concert music in the Gramophone’s blog:
My Weekend With Bernie – Getting beyond Herrmann’s famed film scores by Albert Imperato:News
Britain’s Oldest Classical Music Magazine Musical Opinion features in the current issue an article by Edward Johnson:
CBSnews.com’s Bernard Herrmann: A master of movie music
Conductor John Wilson on Bernard Herrmann:
The Watershed events in Bristol, UK:
Video interviews and talks with Norma Herrmann, Laurie Johnson, Neil Brand and Adrian Utley:
Rarely seen, silent Alfred Hitchcock films are to have new orchestral scores composed for them as part of screenings for the London 2012 Festival:News
Today is the Centenary Anniversary of Bernard Herrmann’s birth — 29 June 1911 – 2011.
We have given the web site a face lift + some new content:
More to come.News
Several articles have appeared over the weekend mentioning the Herrmann Centenary.
2MBS-FM, Australia is devoting a special 2 hour program to Herrmann on 26 June called “Bernard Herrmann Centenary”.
The program will go to air at 2-4PM (Sydney time) and can be heard online via their website at www.2mbs.com.News
Herrmann’s longtime friend Fred Steiner died on 23rd June 2011 aged 88.
A musical analysis of the seminal sci-fi score by Ross Care
is published by FSM Online magazine (subscribers only):
Steven Smith be signing copies of A HEART AT FIRE’S CENTER: THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF BERNARD HERRMANN
at the bookstore Every Picture Tells a Story in Santa Monica, CA on Friday, 24th June at 6:30,
This will be followed by a showing of CITIZEN KANE/THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS across the street at the Aero Theater on Friday, 24th June at 7:30.
He will also be introducing VERTIGO at the Aero on Sunday, 26th June at 7:30.News
Join WQXR’s Movies on the Radio for a celebration of this illustrious composer best-known for his thrilling and chilling film scores for Hitchcock. Guests include Hollywood Bowl Orchestra conductor John Mauceri, Bernard Herrmann’s daughter and writer Dorothy Herrmann, composer Rob Schwimmer, and Josh Waletzky, director of the Academy Award-nominated documentary Music for the Movies: Bernard Herrmann. Special appearance by Academy Award-winning film composer Michael Giacchino (Super 8, UP, The Incredibles). Hosted by WQXR’s David Garland and Elliott Forrest
The WQXR events have been put online:
The German radio station WDR is devoting a special program to Herrmann on June 26 titled:
“Let’s not talk about Movies”
Film composer David Arnold talks about Psycho:News
The Art of Time Ensemble presents The War of the Worlds, a celebration of the music Bernard Herrmann to mark the centenary of his birth. Also on the program is the world premiere of an instrumental suite ‘Herrmannthology’ newly composed by Dan Parr based on 20 of Herrmann’s film scores.News
Beginning Friday, April 1, Minnesota Opera and Take-Up Productions will present a thrilling five-week festival of films featuring scores by Bernard Herrmann. Swap your Wuthering Heights opera ticket stub for a free small popcorn at any screening in the Herrmann series!News
Marking the centenary of Bernard Herrmann’s birth the Watershed in Bristol, UK screens a film season in June and July 2011:
Full details: http://www.watershed.co.ukNews
Herrmann’s main title music to Vertigo are featured in Lady Gaga’s video “Born This Way” (the 7 min version):News
There are several Herrmann related concert programmes from 1943 onward available on the NY Phil website.News
The editors of Film Music Review listed their favouritve Herrmann scores:News
The Minnesota production of Wuthering Heights will be filmed in HD to be shown in theaters all over the world.News
A HAPPY NEW YEAR 2011 from the Herrmann Society!
This year is Herrmann’s centenary and great things are on their way!
We hear rumours of new recordings, box sets, special editions and documentaries!!!
Watch this space…
Waiting for 29 June 2011 !!!News
To coincide with Herrmann’s centenary in 2011, this three-day conference seeks to explore the relationship between Herrmann and Hitchcock and aims to bring together practitioners and academics working on a range of theoretical, analytical and historical perspectives.
The International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) announced the formation of the IFMCA Legends archive and launches it with a Herrmann Tribute:News
The 2nd Annual TCM Film Festival in April 2011 will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of Herrmann’s birth.News
Transformation of “The Psycho Theme”: in Bernard Herrmann’s Music for Psycho
by Stephen Husarik
Norma Herrmann, the widow of Bernard Herrmann will introduce the special showing of Psycho on 17th October at the Empire Leicester Square!
The screening and the next day concert are about to raise money for CARE International…
It will be followed by a Q and A with David Arnold and many other composers attending the Concert for Care on the 18th.News
As part of the Minnesota Opera’s performances of wuthering Height, noted film expert Bruce Crawford will discuss Bernard Herrmann’s life and career, from CBS Radio to Carnegie Hall to Hollywood, and his lasting impact on our culture.
Monday, April 4, 2011 07:00 pm
Minnesota Opera Center
The Montpelier performance is available for listening at:News
New production of Wuthering Heights to conclude Minnesota Opera’s 2010–2011 season:News
Morag Beaton, soprano died in Sydney on 1st April 2010 aged 83.
Morag Beaton was chosen by Bernard Herrmann to sing the leading role of Cathy in the complete recording of his opera Wuthering Heights in London in 1966.News
Sounds of the Future
Essays on Music in Science Fiction Film
Edited by Mathew J. Bartkowiak
published by McFarland has a chapter on Herrmann written by Stephen Husarik
‘Suspended Motion in the Title Scene from The Day the Earth Stood Still’
The British Film Institute is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Hithcock’s masterpiece in April.
It includes 36 (!) showings of the film, plus several films it influenced or was influenced by:News
WWFM The Classical Network will set the stage for Oscar night with a weekend filled with music from the big screen March 5 through March 7.
‘Lights, Camera Music!’ will kick off Friday, March 5, with a daylong, on-air tribute to the music of John Williams (Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones), Bernard Herrmann (Psycho, North by Northwest) and other composers behind the soundtracks of movie blockbusters. The celebration will continue through Sunday as a ‘Theme Stream’ an online-only program available via the station’s Internet streaming.
The weekend’s programming will include original music from film scores, such as Gone with the Wind, Lawrence of Arabia and The Godfather, as well as classical music masterpieces that have been immortalized in movies such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Fantasia. The Theme Stream will also feature concert works by composers most often associated with film scores, such as Erich Wolfgang Korngold (The Adventures of Robin Hood, The Sea Hawk) and Miklos Rozsa (Spellbound, Ben-Hur).News
KUSC presents “On Dangerous Ground: A Tribute to Bernard Herrmann.” This two-hour sound portrait of one of cinema’s greatest composers will be hosted by Jon BurlingameNews
Gold Rush: The Bastard Child of Puccini
The story behind Bernard Herrmann’s only opera.
by Jim Lochner
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Universal Music Australia will release Herrmann’s 1970 recording of Holst’s The Planets on CD next year. It will be out on the Decca Eloquence label.News
Bill Wrobel’s site has been updated with a rundown of Herrmann’s Twilight Zone Episode Ninety Years Without SlumberingNews
A new article is online. Well actually Herrmann wrote it in 1946…
and a few things have changed in the British musical landscape since then but still a nice journey back in time:
Every Tuesday in September Turner Classic Movies (US Version) will show several Herrmann scored films.
The spotlight will be hosted by Robert Osborne.
The Herrmann consultant is Bruce Crawford.
Devil and Daniel Webster
The Magnificent Ambersons
On Dangerous Ground
The Snows of Kilimanjaro
Beneath the 12-Mile Reef
The Naked and the Dead
3 Worlds of Gulliver
The Trouble With Harry
The Man Who Knew Too Much
The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad
North By Northwest
Joy In The Morning
The Bride Wore Black
The Road Builder (aka The Night Digger)
On 29 September 2009 TCM will show The Bride Wore Black, The Road Builder, Obsession and Taxi Driver
This is a very rare US outing for THE ROAD BUILDER AKA THE NIGHT DIGGERNews