Born on June, 1911, Herrmann studied the violin at an early age. But his real love was conducting and by age 20, he created and conducted the New Chamber Orchestra. In 1934, he went to work for CBS radio, where he served as an arranger and composer. It was his work on Orson Welles’ radio shows, that first brought him out to Hollywood to write the scores for Citizen Kane and The Magnificient Ambersons.
He wrote memorable music for many films and between 1955 and 1965, wrote the music to all of Alfred Hitchcock‘s motion pictures. He lived in London in ’70, conducting albums of his film scores, concerts works, and music by neglected composers. He died in Los Angeles on December 24, 1975, right after completing the music to Taxi Driver. This score was the first time he utilized jazz elements in his writing, a direction that he would have continued to explore had he lived. Psycho is one of the classic suspense scores of all times, and once heard is not forgotten.
- Citizen Kane (1941)
- All that money can buy (1942)
- The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
- Anna and the King of Siam (1946)
- The Ghost and Mrs Muir (1947)
- Psycho (1960)
- Marnie (1964)
- Obsession (1976)
- Taxi Driver (1976)