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Finding Aid for the Bernard Herrmann Collection of Music for Film, Television, and Radio Productions, 1935-1969
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content Note
  • Access Points

  • Descriptive Summary

    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.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Performing Arts Special Collections
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Shelf location: Held at SRLF; use MC5320694 for paging purposes.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Source of Acquisition/Provenance

    Los Angeles Public Library Art and Music Department; gift; 1987


    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for access.

    Publication Rights

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

    Preferred Citation

    [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 in 1975.

    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.

    Access Points

    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.