The Movie Magic of Bernard Herrmann

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by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 29 June, 2011

Today on Radio Riel we’re playing a wide selection of film music, and we’re featuring the work of noted film composer Bernard Herrmann  (June 29, 1911 – December 24, 1975), who was born on this day 100 years ago.

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 ((which friend and fellow movie music composer Laurie Johnson said, in a recent interview, he rated as his favourite score), Cape Fear, andTaxi 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. (information and image from Wikipedia).

Today’s programme is presented by Elrik Merlin and produced by Radio Riel in conjunction with our friends at the Alexandrian Free Library Consortium of Second Life. You can listen to the programme in‐world now at, or simply click here to start your player, if your browser is configured to do so. Listeners in the United States are encouraged to tune in using this link:

For more information on the Alexandrian Free Library, current exhibits and the work of Consortium members in general, please visit the Alexandrian Free Library website, or one of their branches in‐world.


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