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Scoring Films: Bernard Herrmann

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Scoring Films: Bernard Herrmann


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Musicologist/composer David Raksin discusses the career of his friend, the eminent film composer Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975). Many film clips illustrate his themes, and Raksin demonstrates some of Herrmann's techniques on the piano. Herrmann stands as one of the geniuses in the art, and was a pioneer and risk taker in many of his approaches.

He worked with directors Orson Welles, Martin Scorcese, Francois Truffaut, Alfred Hitchcock, among others. Among his over 60 film credits are: "North by Northwest", "Citizen Kane", "All That Money Can Buy", "Jane Eyre", "Hangover Square", "Wuthering Heights", "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir", "Beneath the 12 Mile Reef", "The Man Who Knew Too Much", "Psycho," "The Bride Wore Black," "Obsessions," "It's Alive", "Sisters", "Fahrenheit 451", and his last film "Taxi Driver".

David Raksin was an American composer who was renowned for his work in film and television. With over 100 film scores and 300 television scores to his credit, he became known as the "Grandfather of Film Music."

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