A Case Study of the Bernard Herrmann Style

http://hitchcock.tv/essays/herrmann/herrcase1.html

A study on Bernard Herrmann’s frantic Hitchcock fandango in the movie North By Northwest. The score is said to pale in comparison to the epileptic violin screeches in Psycho or the dizzy dancing intensity in Vertigo, but by revisiting certain choice cuts in North By Northwest, the essay argues that the orchestration is just as good – it’s just overlooked due to the comic nature of the film. If you’re a fan of Alfred Hitchcock enough to get into the anatomy of even the way his films are scored, this essay will be quite an enjoyable trip for you.

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