Saturday, February 5, 2011
Bernard Herrmann's Centennial
One of the greatest American composers of the 20th Century was Bernard Herrmann. As 2011 is his centennial year, I want to celebrate the man and his music.
Here are some favorites from his marvelous music for movies.
Jason and the Argonauts - One of the first films I saw as a kid that featured Herrmann's music.
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir - One of the loveliest scores ever to come out of Hollywood.
The Day the Earth Stood Still - Can music take you on a ride into outer space? You bet it can.
Mysterious Island - William Stromberg conducts the MSO in this wild track called The Balloon.
White Witch Doctor - Hold on to your pith helmet when you hear this one!
On Dangerous Ground - Brace yourself for "Death Hunt," a ferocious piece performed by Esa Pekka Salonen conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
North By Northwest - Herrmann's fandango for Hitchcock's classic.
Obsession - "Giving it everything he's got" sums up Herrmann's ravishing score for this DePalma thriller.
Taxi Driver - One of Herrmann's final scores featuring a sweeping jazz sax solo.
Posted by Terrence Seamon on February 5, 2011.