Elmer Bernstein was going to be the next composer featured in this series, but I watched ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’ (1959) yesterday and, well, Bernard Herrmann knocked that score out of the park. So I had to write this post about him.
Bernard Herrmann is probably best known for scoring Hitchcock films – ‘The Trouble With Harry’, ‘The Wrong Man’, ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much’ (1956 version), ‘Vertigo’, ‘North By Northwest’, ‘Psycho’…and the list goes on. In fact, he scored almost every major Hitchcock film of the 50’s and 60’s. It’s no wonder, then, that whenever I see Herrmann’s name in a film’s credits, I expect something atmospheric, a little creepy, and definitely intriguing.
But aside from Hitchcock’s films, Herrmann also did excellent work with other genres and film makers. His first film credit was ‘Citizen Kane’ – a fact that speaks for itself. I also love his work in ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’ (1951) as I mentioned in this post. Probably the first Herrmann score I heard was, as I talked about earlier, ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’. It’s not a great movie, but it’s a fun one, and the music is ingrained in my brain.
Just to give you a taste…
So, do you enjoy Bernard Herrmann’s work? Have you seen ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’ (1959 version)?