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Finding Aid for the Bernard Herrmann Collection of Music for Film, Television, and Radio Productions, 1935-1969
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Description
Collection consists of manuscripts, ozalid masters and copies, scores and parts of radio, television, and film music. Includes arrangements used in CBS Crime Classics radio show and music from the following films: Battle of Neretva, Jason and the Argonauts, The Kentuckian, Marnie, North by Northwest, Psycho, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, and The Trouble with Harry. Also includes selections from Herrmann's Opera, Wuthering Heights, and his Nocturne and Scherzo for orchestra.
Background
Herrmann was born in June 29, 1911, in New York City; attended NYU and Juilliard; won a composition prize at age 13; founded and conducted the New Chamber Orchestra at age 20; in 1934 he joined CBS radio as a composer-conductor, and his radio broadcasts included Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre on the Air and its most notorious presentation, The War of the Worlds; his concert music was commissioned and performed by the New York Philharmonic, and he was a guest conductor with the New York Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra; he composed an opera, Wuthering Heights (1951), and a cantata, Moby Dick (1938); he was noted for his integrated and emotionally compelling film scores, which often utilized limited orchestral means; created his most famous scores for Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock; won the Academy Award for the score of All That Money Can Buy (1941); he died in his sleep shortly after completing the recording sessions for his score of Taxi Driver in 1975.
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to the Performing Arts Special Collections. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Music Librarian for Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Music Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained.
Availability
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for access.