The Movie Magic of Bernard Herrmann

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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