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Guide to the Bernard Herrmann radio and television music, 1936-1959
PA Mss 46  
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Bernard Herrmann Radio and Television Music,
    Date (inclusive): 1936-1959
    Collection number: PA Mss 46
    Collector: xxxx Daugherty
    Extent: 99 Cassette tapes
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, CA 93106
    Abstract: Copies of radio programs and television programs with original music by Bernard Herrmann.
    Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Tapes cannot be duplicated for use outside of the Library without the permission of the copyright holder.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    Bernard Herrmann radio and television music, PA Mss 46, Department of Special Collections, University Libraries, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Donated by Daugherty, 19--


    Though known primarily for his film scores, Bernard Herrmann (born 1931, New York City) began his career scoring radio dramas. After founding the New Chamber Orchestra in 1931 Herrmann was hired as a staff arranger and conductor at CBS Radio in 1933. He soon became involved in the scoring of radio dramas with the innovative and experimental series Columbia Workshop. He also worked with Orson Welles as music director of the Mercury Theater of the Air. His early work in radio gained him the notoriety to move onto scoring films but he continued to score for radio and later for television.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    The collection is divided in eight series: Series I: Campbell Playhouse; Series II: Columbia Presents Corwin; Series III: Columbia Workshop; Series IV: Crime Classics; Series V: Have Gun - Will Travel; Series VI: Mercury Theatre on the air; Series VII Suspense; Series VIII: Miscellaneous.
    Each series contains copies of radio (and in the case of Have Gun - Will Travel; telvision) programs for which Herrmann wrote original music. Episodes are arranged chronologically in each series. Not all episodes of each program are in the collection.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Radio plays.
    Television programs.
    Radio programs.
    Sound recordings.
    Herrmann, Bernard, 1911-1975.
    Cambpell Playhouse (Radio program) Columbia Presents Corwin (Radio program) Columbia Workshop (Radio program) Crime Classics (Radio program) Have Gun - Will Travel (Television program) Mercury Theatre on the air (Radio program) Suspense (Radio program)

    Related Collections

    The Bernard Herrmann Papers are also at UCSB. A collection manuscripts of Herrmann's television and radio programs is in the Special Collections Department of the UCLA Music Library.