The author is known on Talking Herrmann as "aka Roger Thornhill". When Bernard Herrmann died in the early hours of Christmas Eve , he left behind a body of work that would go on to transcend the medium for which it was originally written. Unusually for a film composer of his generation, almost all his scores are available on CD — many of them newly recorded — and a few have achieved the status of cultural icons. The saxophone theme from Taxi Driver has become musical shorthand for the American urban environment. The shrieking strings of Psycho have become a meme for both real and ironic terror.
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Scottie becomes increasingly enamored of Madeleine, as observation turns to obsession. They fall in love, only to have his fear of heights allow her to die tragically. However, in trying to re-create the past and remake her in the image of the dead Madeleine, he becomes obsessive again. It is an exquisitely detailed soundstage duplication of the then-venerable San Francisco eatery.
The Palace of the Legion of Honor, where Madeleine sits fascinated by a portrait of the mysterious Carlotta, her dead relative. The diffused landscape of the timeworn cemetery at Mission Dolores. Fort Point, in the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge, where the suicide attempt takes place.
Herrmann may have something to say here! Hitchcock wisely decided not to use it. However, less than half the score was recorded when the musicians were ordered out in support of their American counterparts.
The sound track odyssey then moved to Austria, where the Vienna Film Orchestra and the Vienna Symphony faced Mathieson to complete the recording. Following a brief and still angry conversation on the phone later that same day, the pair never spoke again.
On the morning of Dec. Death came at his hotel overlooking Universal Studios, where Hitchcock still maintained offices and the backlot standing sets included the Bates Motel, with its looming gothic mansion.
Bernard Herrmann’s score of longing and loss in ‘Vertigo’
Bernard Herrmann's "Vertigo" Full Orchestral Score/Sheet Music