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Alfred Hitchcock's 1957 film Vertigo features music by Bernard Herrmann.
June 29, 2011 With his unorthodox orchestrations and harmonies, Hermann changed the way we heard film music.
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October 29, 2010 In the spirit of Halloween, we've thrown together a list of songs that scare the bejeebies out of us. Hear a mix of terrifying tunes by Black Sabbath, Throbbing Gristle, Nine Inch Nails and, oh yeah, Sufjan Stevens.
February 10, 2007 Film director Alfred Hitchcock was a master of suspense. A new book, Hitchcock's Music, by Jack Sullivan, examines the music in his films and how it conveys emotion in ways images cannot.
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May 18, 2006 Guitarist Tom Verlaine, best known for his work with the New York punk band Television, talks about his own work and shares some of his favorite recordings. Verlaine's just released two CDs, his first new work in 14 years. Hear selections from Around and Songs and Other Things, plus works that have inspired Verlaine over the years, like the classic soundtrack to The Day the Earth Stood Still and Henry Mancini's "Experiment in Terror."
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October 30, 2000 Herrmann and Hitchcock collaborated on many other films, but Psycho is seen as the epitome of their collaboration and the definitive sound of horror music.
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December 3, 1998 Commentator John McDonough recalls an interview he had with the late film composer Bernard Herrmann some years ago. He's prompted to this remembrance on the eve of the opening of a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. The new movie follows the first very closely, including the use of Herrmann's score. At the time of the original Psycho, critics were not impressed by the music — no soundtrack album was released. Today, though, Herrmann's work stands out.
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