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No composer contributed more to film than Bernard Herrmann, who in over forty scores enriched the work of such directors as Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Francois Truffaut, and Martin Scorsese. From his first film (Citizen Kane) to his last (Taxi Driver), Herrmann was a master at evoking psychological nuance and dramatic tension through music, often using unheard-of instrumental combinations to suit the the dramatic needs of a film. His scores are among the most distinguished ever written, ranging from the fantastic (Fahrenheit 451, The Day the Earth Stood Still) to the romantic (Obsession, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir) to the terrifying (Psycho).

Film was not the only medium in which Herrmann made a powerful mark. His radio broadcasts included Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre on the Air and its most notorious presentation, The War of the Worlds. His concert music was commissioned and performed by the New York Philharmonic. As chief conductor of the CBS Symphony, Herrmann gave important first performances of music by such composers as Ralph Vaughan Williams and Charles Ives, whose work he particularly championed.

Almost as celebrated as these achievements are the enduring legends of Herrmann's combativeness and volatility. As complex as any character in the films he scores, Herrmann remains a creative genius, an indefagitable musicologist, an explosive bully, a generous and compassionate man who desperately sought friendship and love.

International Society for the Appreciation of the music of Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975)

The Aims of the Bernard Herrmann Society:

To widen the appreciation and knowledge of the life and music of Bernard Herrmann on an international level.

To encourage the performance and recording of Herrmann's music. In particular the lesser known works with an emphasis on the classical concert hall repertoire.

To aid the research on all aspects of Herrmann's unique career as composer, conductor and champion of underapreciated music and other achievements.

To serve as a modern forum of communication for all who share the interest in the life and music of Bernard Herrmann.