Tuesday 28 June 2016

Hitchcock & Herrmann's Psycho with live score

Hitchcock - Psycho - poster
Bernard Herrmann's score for Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film Psycho has become iconic. Now Ben Palmer and the Orchestra of St Paul's are offering the chance to hear the score live alongside a high-definition screening of the film. On Sunday July 3, 2016 at the Roundhouse there will be two screenings of the film (at 4.30pm and 8.30pm) at which Ben Palmer and the Orchestra of St Paul's will play the musical sound-track.

Hermann wrote the scores for seven Hitchcock films, from The Trouble with Harry (1955) to Marnie (1964), including Vertigo, North by Northwest, as well as Psycho. He was also sound consultant on The Birds (1963), though there was no music in the film, only electronically made bird sounds. Herrmann's soundtrack for Psycho was written for string orchestra rather than full symphonic forces, mirroring the black-and-white cinematography of the film. Hitchcock himself said that '33% of the effect of Psycho was due to the music.' 

Further information from the Roundhouse website.

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