PostClassical- The Most Under-Rated 20th Century American Composer: Celebrating Bernard Herrmann

Oct 20, 2017

PostClassical this Friday (10/20) celebrates the music of the "most under-rated 20th-Century American composer," Bernard Herrmann.  Author, music historian and co-founder of PostClassical Ensemble Joseph Horowitz co-hosts this bi-monthly program with PostClassical Music Director Angel Gil-Ordonez and Exploring Music Host Bill McGlaughlin.  This week's broadcast will include performances by PostClassical Ensemble of Herrmann's Clarinet Quintet, Sinfonietta, and Psycho Narrative, as well as music from his radio play "Whitman" and his Cantata Moby Dick. Tune in Friday at 8 pm.

PART ONE:

5:08: Bernard Herrmann speaks -- irascibly

6:33: His daughter Dorothy describes accompanying “Daddy” to Psycho

12:02: Herrmann’s Psycho Symphonic Narrative performed by PCE conducted by Angel Gil-Ordonez (DC premiere)

28:30: An influence on Psycho? Bartok’s Divertimento, movement 2

41:10: Herrmann’s Sinfonietta for Strings performed by PCE conducted by Angel Gil-Ordonez (American premiere of the original version)

PART TWO:
 4:14: Herrmann and radio: the Norman Corwin radio drama “ hitman" (1944) – an excerpt from the original broadcast, with Charles Laughton

14:09: Herrmann and Hollywood: the Love Scene from Vertigo performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen

21:11: The “Liebestod” from The Ghost and Mrs. Muir orchestra conducted by Elmer Bernstein

26:10: Herrmann’s Clarinet Quintet (Souvenirs de voyage) performed by PCE members

54:33: The Sailors’ Chorus from Herrmann’s cantata Moby Dick, conducted by the composer