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RIP Basil Ramsey

Herrmann’s friend Basil Ramsey died at the age of 89.


107th Birthday Anniversary

Bernard Herrmann was born on 29th June 1911 in New York.

Excerpts from Moby Dick in Boston

August 15, 2018 at 7:00pm
Sounds of the Sea
Boston Landmarks Orchestra | Christopher Wilkins, conductor

Maurice Ravel Une Barque sur l’océan
Bernard Herrmann Moby Dick excerpts
Stella Sung Oceana (world premiere)
Claude Debussy La Mer

Herrmann’s Symphony

Bernard Herrmann’s Symphony

The Orchestra Now led by Leon Botstein, will be performing Herrmann’s “Psycho Suite” and his Symphony as well as Korngold’s Symphony in F sharp major at Carnegie Hall for one performance, on November 3.


106th Birthday Anniversary

Bernard Herrmann was born on 29th June 1911 in New York.


Bernard Herrmann Composer Toolkit by Spitfire Audio


Spitfire’s first dry scoring stage ensemble library, inspired by the electric genius of Bernard Herrmann. Renowned for his groundbreaking scores including Citizen Kane, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Psycho, Vertigo and Taxi Driver, his legacy continues to inspire the work of composers today. We’ve worked exclusively with Bernard Herrmann’s estate to curate and assemble a unique set of studio orchestra ensembles, informed directly by the composer’s legendary orchestration aesthetic. Recorded at Studio 1 Air Lyndhurst by Simon Rhodes (Avatar, Grand Budapest Hotel, Spectre, Harry Potter, There Will Be Blood), we’ve captured players performing as Herrmann would have had them – boisterous, lively and upfront, with patches featuring selected groups, unusual instrumental combis, chords, effects and much more. Fire-up this versatile Toolkit for lively and distinctive scoring.

Bernard Herrmann, un génie de la musique de film

We have been just made aware of this…thanks to Bob Kosovsky:

In October 2016 Editions Minerve published the first French language book on Bernard Herrmann written by Vincent Haegele:

Bernard Herrmann, un génie de la musique de film


Concert listings update

To simplify the upcoming concert listings we have teamed up Movies in Concert to provide all film music relevant Herrmann concerts on our website.

Many thanks to Flip Jansen and Ingmar Kohl

The new concert listings:



Crime Classics in Elgin, Illinois

A Celebration of Music from the Golden Age of Cinema and Radio
Presented by Chamber Music on the Fox, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, and Gail Borden Public Library

Includes a special guest lecture by Steven C. Smith and a chamber music concert of Herrmann’s music for Crime Classics!

105th Birthday Anniversary

Bernard Herrmann was born on 29th June 1911 in New York.

Stylotone releases Twisted Nerve

Stylotone in association with The Bernard Herrmann Estate, with a little help from director Quentin Tarantino, is proud to announce the World Premiere Release of ‘Twisted Nerve – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’. The release date is the the 6th May, 2016

Over 75 minutes of music across three formats (Vinyl, CD & Download – High-resolution WAV & 320kbps CBR MP3).

A 4 Track EP is released on 4th March, 2016


Bernard Herrmann Festival April 2016 in Washington DC

Bernard Herrmann Festival  .

104th Birthday Anniversary

Bernard Herrmann was born on 29th June 1911 in New York. Sadly we have no updates but Bill Wrobel wrote up his thoughts about the recent Obsession:  .

Bernard Herrmann – 1971 BBC appearance

In a rare clip from the BBC archive, in a preview for the BBC Proms, Bernard Herrmann discusses the works of Carl Ruggles with presenter John Amis on Music On Two: Summer Music Now in 1971. He also directs a performance of the composer’s Angels for six muted trumpets.

Originally shown on 18 July 1971

Also see:

Herrmann in Britain

103rd Birthday Anniversary

Bernard Herrmann was born on 29th June 1911 in New York.

We have updated the website with a new item to celebrate his birthday by longtime collaborator Bob Kosovsky

Facebook Discussion Group

We have now added a discussion group on Facebook!


Bernard Herrmann Weekend in Cleveland

Six films scored by Herrmann will screen during a four-day series

CBS Radio Concert Premieres

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.

Gotham Radio Theatre

Film Score Monthly Print Edition Online Archive

FSM has published their old print magazine (1990-2005) now for free:


Steven Smith to introduce Vertigo in San Francisco

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.


Sound of Cinema: The Music that Made the Movies – 1. The Big Score

UK viewers only.

A documentary presented by Neil Brand featuring Steiner, Korngold, Rozsa, Barry, Zimmer, Williams and Herrmann. Norma Herrmann also appears.


Sound of Cinema: Live from the BFI

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 movie

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John Amis, R.I.P.

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:

Vertigo – Live!

The RTE Orchestra in Dublin will perform the world premiere of Vertigo live with an orchestra.


102nd Birthday Anniversary

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,

An Interview with Bernard Herrmann


Herrmann held his final public performance on April 21st 1974, at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London.

A concert commemorating the 150th anniversary of the death of Lord Byron.


Ray Harryhausen, R.I.P.

Bernard Herrmann’s friend the special visual effects master Ray Harryhausen, has died aged 92.

All Herrmann concert in Cologne in 2014

The WDR Radio orchestra presents a concert of Herrmann’s music with Katia Labèque & The Bernard Herrmann-Projekt


Hitchcock Film Week in San Francisco

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)

All Herrmann concert in Oslo, Norway

The Norwegian Radio Orchestra gives an all Herrmann concert in February 2013:

Prince of Players @ Film Score Rundowns

Film Score Rundowns has added a chord profile on Prince of Players

Herrmann in ‘Hitchcock’

This trailer of Sacha Gervasi’s new film Hitchcock shows footage of Paul Schackman playing Bernard Herrmann:


Musique Fantastique, Second Edition

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.

Bernard Herrmann: The composer behind best-loved films

An article by Vincent Dowd for the BBC World Service:

Nitin Sawhney talking about Herrmann

Nitin Sawhney was interviewed about his new score for Hitchcock’s The Lodger and Bernard Herrmann

101st Birthday Anniversary

Bernard Herrmann was born on 29th June 1911 in New York.

And we have a new article on the site to celebrate it:

Herrmann in Britain

Feature Film in Warwick

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,


An Oscar for the Artist

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

FILMUS-L returns

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.

FILMUS-L archive


14-CD Fox Box Set from Varese

Varese Sarabande has released a 14 CD boxed set containing all his 20th Century Fox scores to celebrate the centenary:

Mysterious Island at the Egyptian Theatre

To celebrate Twilight Time’s Blu Ray of Mysterious Island is show at the Egyptian Theatre in LA on 13th November:

Bill Bailey scared by Herrmann

The British comedian talks about scary film soundtracks:

Norman Corwin, R.I.P.

Bernard Herrmann’s longtime collaborator and friend the radio pioneer Norman Corwin has died at the age of 101.


The Los Angeles Times

The Washington Post

Moby Dick review

The recent Moby Dick recording by Chandos was reviewed by the Guardian:

BBC Proms 2011: Herrmann by Jessica Duchen

An article by Jessica Duchen in the Independent: True fans know the score on cinematic composers.

BBC Proms 2011: The man who made Psycho even scarier

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

Herrmann Centenary @ Film Forum NY

Their Herrmann season starts 21 Oct 2011 and lasts for two weeks:

FSM Online: Herrmann at 100

The Big Apple celebrates Herrmann’s 100th birthday with an intimate evening by Jim Lochner:

(Subscribers only)

Herrmann’s concert music in the Gramophone’s blog

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:

Herrmann Centenary – Article in Musical Opinion by Edward Johnson

Britain’s Oldest Classical Music Magazine Musical Opinion features in the current issue an article by Edward Johnson:

Bernard Herrmann – A Centenary Survey


Herrmann Centenary – Video Roundup’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:


New Hitchcock Scores… ‘following on from Herrmann’

Rarely seen, silent Alfred Hitchcock films are to have new orchestral scores composed for them as part of screenings for the London 2012 Festival:

BBC: Composers to create Alfred Hitchcock silent film scores

Herrmann 100 today

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:

“A Biographical Sketch” by Edward Johnson, with foreword by Miklos Rozsa

“A Celebration of His Life and Music” radio documentary by Bruce Crawford and Bob Coate

More to come.

Herrmann Marathon Blog

To mark the 100th anniversary of Herrmann’s birth George Kaplan (UK) has been doing a marathon blog, working his way through Herrmann’s film scores one by one:

Herrmann Centenary @ 2MBS-FM, Australia

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

Klaatu Barada Nikto!: The Day the Earth Stood Still

A musical analysis of the seminal sci-fi score by Ross Care
is published by FSM Online magazine (subscribers only):

Herrmann Centenary – Steven C. Smith signing

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.

Herrmann Centenary @ WQXR / Green Space, NY

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:


Herrmann Centenary @ WDR Radio

The German radio station WDR is devoting a special program to Herrmann on June 26 titled:
“Let’s not talk about Movies”

Herrmann Centenary @ Watershed Bristol

Watershed’s On Dangerous Ground is an extensive overview of his finest work: from his first film to his last. There’s also performances, workshops, interviews and events:

Herrmann Centenary in Variety

by Jon Burlingame

War of the Worlds starts today!

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.

Minnesota Opera’s Herrmann Film Festival

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!

On Dangerous Ground: The Cinema of Bernard Herrmann

Marking the centenary of Bernard Herrmann’s birth the Watershed in Bristol, UK screens a film season in June and July 2011:

Full details:

Lady Gaga and Herrmann’s Vertigo

Herrmann’s main title music to Vertigo are featured in Lady Gaga’s video “Born This Way” (the 7 min version):

New York Philharmonic Archive

There are several Herrmann related concert programmes from 1943 onward available on the NY Phil website.

Bernard Herrmann: A Centennial Tribute

The editors of Film Music Review listed their favouritve Herrmann scores:

Wuthering Heights in HD

The Minnesota production of Wuthering Heights will be filmed in HD to be shown in theaters all over the world.

Centenary year starts!

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 !!!

Hitchcock/Herrmann Conference in York March 2011

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.

Herrmann Tribute by the International Film Music Critics

The International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) announced the formation of the IFMCA Legends archive and launches it with a Herrmann Tribute:

Naked and the Dead @ Filmscorerundowns

The Film Score Rundowns site has been updated with an analysis of the Herrmann scored war movie The Naked & the Dead:

TCM Film Festival 2011

The 2nd Annual TCM Film Festival in April 2011 will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of Herrmann’s birth.

site update: Transformation of “The Psycho Theme” by Stephen Husarik

site update:
Transformation of “The Psycho Theme”: in Bernard Herrmann’s Music for Psycho
by Stephen Husarik

Psycho screening at the Empire Leicester Square

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.

Battle of Neretva coming from Tribute

Tribute Film Classics are going to record the vomplete “Battle of Neretva” and a suite from “Naked and the Dead” next month in Moscow!

Moby Dick in California

Herrmann’s Cantata to be performed in Sonoma County in 2011:

Bernard Herrmann’s life and career

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

Concert for Care – Psycho screening

A special showing of Psycho at the Empire, Leicester Square

An additional event to this years Concert for Care:

Wuthering Heights

The Montpelier performance is available for listening at:

99th Birthday Anniversary

Bernard Herrmann was born on 29th June 1911 in New York.

One year to the centenary!!!

Psycho – 50th Anniversary

On 16th June 1960 Herrmann’s most famous film Psycho had its premiere in New York.

Moby Dick in Copenhagen

Herrmann’s Cantata to be performed in Copenhagen in 2011

Morag Beaton, R.I.P.

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.


Sounds of the Future

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’

Psycho: A Classic in Context

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: