June 29th marks the 100th anniversary of the birth, here in New York City, of composer Bernard Herrmann. Herrmann got his start composing for radio dramas, and went on to write his first film score for "Citizen Kane" in 1941, and later collaborated with directors such as Alfred Hitchcock, Francois Truffaut, and Martin Scorsese. Herrmann was an innovator. He found new ways to fit music to drama, and his colorful, effective music set a new standard in film scoring. Host David Garland presents highlights from Herrmann's film music, including "North by Northwest," "Citizen Kane," "The Day the Earth Stood Still," "Vertigo," "Taxi Driver," and some of his early radio drama scores.
David Garland has also been featuring Herrmann's music all month long on his WQXR radio show Movies on the Radio. Listen to those shows archived at the links below.