Bernard Herrmann born Max Herman (June 29, 1911 – December 24, 1975) was an American composer noted for his work in motion pictures.
An Academy Award-winner (for The Devil and Daniel Webster, 1941), Herrmann is particularly known for his collaborations with director Alfred Hitchcock, most famously Psycho, North by Northwest, The Man Who Knew Too Much, and Vertigo. He also composed notable scores for many other movies, including Citizen Kane, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Cape Fear, and Taxi Driver. He worked extensively in radio drama (most notably for Orson Welles), composed the scores for several fantasy films by Ray Harryhausen, and many TV programs including most notably Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone and Have Gun–Will Travel.
Read more about Bernard Herrmann: Early Life and Career, Collaboration With Orson Welles, Collaboration With Alfred Hitchcock, Other Works, Use of Electronic Instruments, Compositional Style and Philosophy, Legacy and Recording, AFI, In Popular Culture, Film Scores, Stage Works, Concert Works
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