Thursday, June 30, 2011

Herrmann at 100

How the heck did I miss the memo that yesterday was Benny's hundredth birthday?!?
Bernard Herrmann is widely considered one of the greatest film composers ever. He revolutionized film music and created damn near all the things that are now considered cliche'. He wrote with incredible speed, composed directly into full score - in ink - and left such an indelible impression that many people cannot think of Alfred Hitchcock's American films and not immediately think of Herrmann's music. He once famously quipped that "Hitch only finishes a picture fifty percent; I have to finish it for him."

I shall celebrate belatedly with some of my faves:

North by Northwest
The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad
The Day the Earth Stood Still
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir » Bernard Herrmann At 100: Master Of The Movie Score


Herr Vogler said...

Yesterday was also Ray Harryhausen's birthday.

Reed said...

God I love Sinbad. It's such a fun score to listen to!
Thanks for reminding me of it. Enjoyed some skeleton castanets/marimba today!

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