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Vertigo (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Bernard Herrmann

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Spectacular score, especially "Prelude and Rooftop"

Herrmann's Essential Composition

This superb 1958 score by Bernard Herrmann was a musical acme for the prolific film composer. It perfectly captures the dreamlike state of obsession and the nightmarish depths that one can plunge headlong into as they spiral out-of-control. It plays the perfect role as a movie soundtrack. The score perfectly complements and enhances the film's power while also standing alone as a musical masterpiece.

This is an essential recording for film buffs, soundtrack collectors, and classical music fans alike.


To listen to a Bernard Herrman soundtrack (take your pick) is like a having a soundtrack to a strange and beautiful dream. The delicate melodies drift around and through you. He is among the great practitioners of the art of movie music. Exquisite.


Born: June 29, 1911 in New York, NY

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

Bernard Herrmann was arguably the most innovative film composer of the 1940s, '50s, and '60s, even though he actually rejected the term "film composer," preferring to call himself a composer who sometimes wrote film scores. That was an apt description for a musician who, in addition to his film work, also composed works in a variety of other forms including opera, symphony, musical comedy, and concert music, as well as writing extensively for radio and television, while maintaining a concurrent conducting...
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