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Bernard Herrmann (I) (1911–1975)


The man behind the low woodwinds that open Citizen Kane (1941), the shrieking violins of Psycho (1960), and the plaintive saxophone of Taxi Driver (1976) was one of the most original and distinctive composers ever to work in film. He started early, winning a composition prize at the age of 13 and founding his own orchestra at the age of 20. After ... See full bio »

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Known For

Taxi Driver Music Department
(1976)
Citizen Kane Music Department
(1941)
(1951)
12 Monkeys Soundtrack
(1995)

Filmography

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 2021 History of World Cinema (Documentary short) (main title composer) (pre-production)
 2021 The Marriage Zone (TV Movie)
 2020 Psycho 60 (Short) (original music by)
 2020/I Box (Short)
 2020 Repairment (Documentary short) (original music by)
 2020/I Mother (Short)
 2018-2019 Trailer Nation (TV Series short) (the day the earth stood still - 5 episodes)
- Attack of the Puppet People (2019) ... (the day the earth stood still - as Bernard Herrman)
- The Cyclops (2019) ... (the day the earth stood still - as Bernard Herrman)
- Santa Claus (2018) ... (the day the earth stood still - as Bernard Herrman)
- ZAAT (2018) ... (the day the earth stood still - as Bernard Herrman)
- The Killer Shrews (2018) ... (the day the earth stood still - as Bernard Herrman)
 2017/IV Meat (Short)
 2016 Taxi Driver-Suvilahti (Short)
 2014 Citizen Vader (Short) (original score music)
 2014 Horror Movie Adventure Part II: Dead by Dawn (Short) (stock music)
 2014 Gintberg på kanten (TV Series documentary) (music - 1 episode)
- Pressen (2014) ... (music)
 2013 The Marble Elephant (Short) (music composed by)
 2013/III The Audition (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 2012 The Clinic (Short) (stock music)
 2009 The Poster (Short) (executive music producer)
 2006 The Fear (El Miedo) (composer: stock music)
 2001 'Obsession' Revisited (Video documentary short)
 2001 'Topaz': An Appreciation by Film Critic/Historian Leonard Maltin (Video documentary short) (music excerpts from 'Torn Curtain' - unused score)
 2001 Psycho: The Shower Scene - With and Without Music (Video short) (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 2000 'Rear Window' Ethics: Remembering and Restoring a Hitchcock Classic (Video documentary) (additional music)
 2000 'Torn Curtain' Rising (Video documentary short) (stock music)
 1999-2000 Troldspejlet (TV Series) (composer - 2 episodes)
- Episode #23.1 (2000) ... (composer: stock music)
- Troldspejlet Special: Stop Motion (1999) ... (composer: stock music)
 1999 Reputations (TV Series documentary) (additional music - 2 episodes)
- Hitch: Alfred the Auteur (1999) ... (additional music)
- Hitch: Alfred the Great (1999) ... (additional music)
 1998 Psycho Path (TV Special documentary short) (music)
 1998 Dream Interpretation (Short) (composer)
 1997 Untitled (Short) (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1994 Everything Went Wrong (Short) (music by)
 1993 Das Ei (Short) (stock music - uncredited)
 1992 The Jewel of Death (Short) (composer: stock music)
 1992 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
- Incident in Lot 7 (1992) ... (composer: stabbing theme from the original score to "Psycho" - uncredited)
 1990 Psycho IV: The Beginning (TV Movie) (composer: original score from Psycho)
 1987 Moonlighting (TV Series) (composer - 2 episodes)
- Take a Left at the Altar (1987) ... (composer: main theme from the original score to "North by Northwest" - uncredited)
- Poltergeist III - Dipesto Nothing (1987) ... (composer: stabbing theme from the original score to "Psycho" - uncredited)
 1987 It's Alive III: Island of the Alive (composer: original "It's Alive" theme)
 1985 Remington Steele (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
- Illustrated Steele (1985) ... (composer: stabbing theme from the original score to "Psycho" - uncredited)
 1984 Knight Rider (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
- Halloween Knight (1984) ... (composer: themes from the original score to "Psycho" - uncredited)
 1983 Grizzly II: Revenge (composer: stock music)
 1979 Psycho Shampoo (Video short) (stock music - uncredited)
 1978 Xenogenesis (Short) (composer: stock music)
 1976 Obsession (conductor - uncredited)
 1976 Taxi Driver (musical director - uncredited)
 1974 It's Alive (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1972 Sisters (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1972/I Endless Night (conductor - uncredited)
 1971 The Night Digger (conductor) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1969 The Battle of Neretva (conductor - english version, uncredited) / (orchestrator - english version, uncredited)
 1969 Backtrack! (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1968 Twisted Nerve (composer: Georgie theme whistled version - uncredited) / (conductor - uncredited)
 1968 Cimarron Strip (TV Series) (conductor - 1 episode)
- Knife in the Darkness (1968) ... (conductor)
 1965-1968 Lost in Space (TV Series) (composer - 17 episodes)
- Time Merchant (1968) ... (composer: stock music - uncredited)
- The Galaxy Gift (1967) ... (composer: stock music - uncredited)
- The Astral Traveler (1967) ... (composer: stock music - uncredited)
- The Phantom Family (1967) ... (composer: stock music - uncredited)
- The Dream Monster (1966) ... (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1966 Fahrenheit 451 (conductor - uncredited)
 1966 Torn Curtain (composer: unused music - uncredited)
 1965-1966 The Virginian (TV Series) (library music - 4 episodes)
- Nobody Said Hello (1966) ... (library music)
- Blaze of Glory (1965) ... (library music)
- Letter of the Law (1965) ... (library music)
- The Laramie Road (1965) ... (library music)
 1965 Rawhide (TV Series) (conductor - 2 episodes)
- The Pursuit (1965) ... (conductor)
- Encounter at Boot Hill (1965) ... (conductor)
 1965 Convoy (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
- Lady on the Rock (1965) ... (composer: theme music)
 1965 Joy in the Morning (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
  The Twilight Zone (TV Series) (composer - 74 episodes, 1959 - 1964) (conductor - 7 episodes, 1959 - 1963)
- The Bewitchin' Pool (1964) ... (composer: stock music - uncredited)
- I am the Night - Color Me Black (1964) ... (composer: stock music - uncredited)
- Night Call (1964) ... (composer: stock music - uncredited)
- Number 12 Looks Just Like You (1964) ... (composer: stock music - uncredited)
- Ninety Years Without Slumbering (1963) ... (conductor)
 1964 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series) (library music - 1 episode)
- Isabel (1964) ... (library music)
 1963-1964 The Richard Boone Show (TV Series) (conductor - 3 episodes)
- Death Before Dishonor (1964) ... (conductor)
- Wall to Wall War (1963) ... (conductor)
- Statement of Fact (1963) ... (conductor)
 1963 The Great Adventure (TV Series) (conductor - 1 episode)
- The Story of Nathan Hale (1963) ... (conductor)
 1963 Jason and the Argonauts (conductor: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
 1957-1963 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series) (composer - 92 episodes)
- Face of a Shadow (1963) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited)
- The Lady of the Fifth Moon (1963) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited)
- Place for Abel Hix (1962) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited)
- The Fifth Bullet (1962) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited)
- Taylor's Woman (1962) ... (composer: theme music - uncredited)
 1962 Cape Fear (conductor - uncredited)
  Perry Mason (TV Series) (library music - 8 episodes, 1959 - 1962) (composer - 1 episode, 1958)
- The Case of the Melancholy Marksman (1962) ... (library music - uncredited)
- The Case of the Glamorous Ghost (1962) ... (library music - uncredited)
- The Case of the Misguided Missile (1961) ... (library music - uncredited)
- The Case of the Loquacious Liar (1960) ... (library music)
- The Case of the Slandered Submarine (1960) ... (library music)
 1961 Mysterious Island (conductor: The London Symphony Orchestra) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1960-1961 Hong Kong (TV Series) (composer - 12 episodes)
- The Innocent Exile (1961) ... (composer: stock music)
- Love Honor and Perish (1961) ... (composer: stock music)
- The Woman in Grey (1961) ... (composer: stock music)
- The Hunted (1961) ... (composer: stock music)
- Lady Godiva (1961) ... (composer: stock music)
 1961 Gunsmoke (TV Series) (conductor - 2 episodes)
- Kitty Shot (1961) ... (conductor)
- Tall Trapper (1961) ... (conductor)
 1960 Jarrett of K Street (TV Movie) (composer: opening and closing theme music)
 1960 The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (conductor: The London Symphony Orchestra) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1960 Psycho (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1959 Journey to the Center of the Earth (conductor - uncredited) / (music producer - uncredited)
 1959 Blue Denim (conductor - uncredited)
 1959 North by Northwest (conductor - uncredited) / (music arranger - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1959 The Trap (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1958-1959 Pursuit (TV Series) (composer - 12 episodes)
- The House at Malibu (1959) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Dark Cloud (1958) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Silent Night (1958) ... (composer: theme music)
- The Last Night in August (1958) ... (composer: theme music)
- Calculated Risk (1958) ... (composer: theme music)
 1958 The Naked and the Dead (conductor - uncredited)
 1958 The Fiend Who Walked the West (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1958 The Law and Jake Wade (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1958 Vertigo (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1958 Studio One (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
- The Brotherhood of the Bell (1958) ... (composer: additional music)
 1957 A Hatful of Rain (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1956 General Electric Theater (TV Series) (conductor - 1 episode)
- A Child Is Born (1956) ... (conductor)
 1956 The Wrong Man (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1956 The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (conductor - uncredited) / (music arranger - uncredited)
 1954-1955 Shower of Stars (TV Series) (conductor - 2 episodes)
- A Christmas Carol (II) (1955) ... (conductor)
- A Christmas Carol (1954) ... (conductor)
 1954 The Egyptian (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1954 Garden of Evil (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1953 King of the Khyber Rifles (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1953 Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1953 White Witch Doctor (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1952 The Snows of Kilimanjaro (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1952 5 Fingers (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1951 On Dangerous Ground (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1951 The Day the Earth Stood Still (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1950 Suspense (TV Series) (composer - 1 episode)
- The Brush Off (1950) ... (composer: theme music)
 1947 The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1946 Anna and the King of Siam (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1945 Hangover Square (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1944 The Falcon in Mexico (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1943 Jane Eyre (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1942 The Magnificent Ambersons (conductor - uncredited) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1941 All That Money Can Buy (conductor) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1941 Citizen Kane (music conducted by) / (orchestrator - uncredited)
 1938 The Mercury Theatre on the Air (Podcast Series) (conductor - 2 episodes)
- The War of the Worlds (1938) ... (conductor)
- Hell on Ice (1938) ... (conductor)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(1953-54) Radio: Conductor for the CBS Radio series "Crime Classics". See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 2 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 2 Articles | See more »


Alternate Names:

Bernard Hermann | Bernard Herrman | Mr. Bernard Herrmann

Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)

Spouse:

Norma Shepherd  (his death) | See more »
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[Good film music] . . . can invest a scene with terror, grandeur, gaiety or misery . . . \propel narrative swiftly forward, or slow it down. See more »

Trivia:

Alfred Hitchcock was so pleased by Herrmann's music for Psycho (1960) that he doubled his contracted fee for the score. See more »

Nickname:

Benny

Star Sign:

Cancer

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