Scope and Content Note
Title: Bernard Herrmann Collection of Music for Film, Television, and Radio Productions,
Date (inclusive): 1935-1969
Collection number: 79
Origination: Herrmann, Bernard, 1911-1975.
Extent: 14 boxes (7 linear ft.)
University of California, Los Angeles. Performing Arts Special Collections
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Shelf location: Held at SRLF; use MC5320694 for paging purposes.
Source of Acquisition/Provenance
Los Angeles Public Library Art and Music Department; gift; 1987
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[Identification of item], Bernard Herrmann Collection of Music for Film, Television, and
Radio Productions, 1935-1969. Collection number 79, Performing Arts Special Collections,
University of California, Los Angeles.
Herrmann was born in June 29, 1911, in New York City; attended NYU and Juilliard; won a
composition prize at age 13; founded and conducted the New Chamber Orchestra at age 20;
in 1934 he joined CBS radio as a composer-conductor, and 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, and he was a guest conductor with the New York Philharmonic, the BBC
Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra, and the London Symphony Orchestra; he
composed an opera, Wuthering Heights (1951), and a cantata, Moby Dick (1938); he was
noted for his integrated and emotionally compelling film scores, which often utilized
limited orchestral means; created his most famous scores for Orson Welles and Alfred
Hitchcock; won the Academy Award for the score of All That Money Can Buy (1941); he died
in his sleep shortly after completing the recording sessions for his score of Taxi Driver
Scope and Content Note
Collection consists of manuscripts, ozalid masters and copies, scores and parts of radio,
television, and film music. Includes arrangements used in CBS Crime Classics radio show
and music from the following films: Battle of Neretva, Jason and the Argonauts, The
Kentuckian, Marnie, North by Northwest, Psycho, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, and The Trouble
with Harry. Also includes selections from Herrmann's Opera, Wuthering Heights, and his
Nocturne and Scherzo for orchestra.
Herrmann, Bernard 1911-1975--Archives.
Composers--United States--Archival resources.
Radio music--Scores and parts.
Television music--Scores and parts.
Motion picture music--Scores and parts.