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Today we’re listening to Bernard Herrmann, an American composer and conductor from New York City. He studied at New York University and Juilliard, and joined CBS as a staff conductor, where he met and began collaborating with a young Orson Welles.1 Herrmann’s first film score would be Citizen Kane, for which he received an Oscar nomination at age 30.2 Later, he linked up with Alfred Hitchcock and scored seven of his films, composing for iconic scenes including the shower sequence from Psycho. Today we’re playing two of those Hitchcock scores: North By Northwest from 1959 and Vertigo from 1958. Herrmann brought a classically rigorous yet unmistakably original sound to the screen and influenced generations of film musicians to this day.
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