Herrmann

Bernard Herrmann

Bernard Herrmann

Thanks to his collaborations with great movie directors like Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorcese, New Yorker Bernard Herrmann (June 29th 1911 - December 24th 1975) is one of history's best-loved film composers.

  • Bernard Herrmann was born in New York City on June 29th, 1911 with the name Max Herman.
  • He won a composition aged just 13, and decided that music was to be his focus from then on.
  • Herrmann then studied composition at New York University and at the Juilliard school.
  • 1934 saw Herrmann join CBS as a staff conductor, later becoming the chief conductor of the CBS Symphony Orchestra.
  • His time at CBS saw him collaborate with Orson Welles for the first time, providing music for his adaptation of HG Wells' The War Of The Worlds.
  • Herrmann first collaborated with the legendary Alfred Hitchcock in 1955 on the film The Trouble With Harry, but he was more notably behind scores for Psycho and North By Northwest.
  • Possibly his best-known score, though, was his final one - Martin Scorcese's Taxi Driver, released in 1976.
  • Herrmann unexpectedly died the day after recording had finished on Taxi Driver, December 24th 1975.