September 29, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
4349 Tujunga Ave
Studio City, CA 91604
INFOrum: Bernard Herrmann with William Malpede @ Vitello's | Los Angeles | California | United States

Psychological Narrative and Orchestral Color: The Film Scores of Bernard Herrmann

“Music on the screen can seek out and intensify the inner thoughts of the characters…”
“Each film can create its own variety of musical color.”

The Academy of Scoring Arts with William V. Malpede will present an exploration of the music, unique style, and influence of legendary composer Bernard Herrmann. Born in New York City in 1911, and trained at the Juilliard School of Music, Mr. Herrmann, early in his career, became a proficient and creative composer of scores for radio dramas. This body of work in the 1930s helps lay the foundations of what biographer Steven C. Smith calls “perhaps his greatest achievement in film…his remarkable use of orchestration to reinforce theme and character psychology.”

Following an introduction to Herrmann’s background, work in radio, and overview of his work in scoring for motion pictures, we will journey through a series of specially selected music cues. Along with audio, video, and score examples, we will examine the techniques he employed to create his iconic and influential orchestral colors. We will also discuss his approach to what might be called the “psychological narrative;” or the employment of musical techniques through which his scores become the “connective link” between the characters / story, and the audience. Music to be analyzed will include cues from NORTH BY NORTHWEST, CITIZEN KANE, JANE EYRE, THE GHOST & MRS. MUIR, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, VERTIGO, PSYCHO, and more. We would like to present and discuss some of the perhaps lesser known cues, and cues which really serve both as connective psychological tissue for the film, and also which look forward to the use of orchestral color serving as atmosphere and ‘sound design.’