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 Posted:   Jun 16, 2013 - 6:28 PM   
 By:   barryfan   (Member)

Listening to Hitchcocks all week long here. And it left me wondering which score is your favorite?

For me, its got to be Vertigo.

 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2013 - 6:30 PM   
 By:   Krakatoa   (Member)

"Psycho", Bernard Herrmann's masterpiece.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2013 - 6:31 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Another very tough question to answer, how about top 5 or 10? Off the top of my head I would say PSYCHO-60, but then there is VERTIGO and then there is etc etc etc

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2013 - 6:35 PM   
 By:   dpsternan   (Member)

North by Northwest!

 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2013 - 6:42 PM   
 By:   Krakatoa   (Member)

North by Northwest!


Of course,
"Vertigo" followed by "North by Northwest" followed by "Psycho" make for quite the trio.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2013 - 6:49 PM   
 By:   Bill Cooke   (Member)


Outside of the obvious Herrmann choices, I've always been very fond of Tiomkin's STRANGERS ON A TRAIN.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2013 - 7:15 PM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

REBECCA, by Franz Waxman---a score which fills
in a lot of the mood, mystery, and romance of the
story which isn't entirely in the film itself.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2013 - 7:21 PM   
 By:   jonnyquest   (Member)

Almost impossible to choose, but Vertigo is my all-time favorite film, due in no small part to the masterpiece, endlessly fascinating Herrmann score.

Funny enough, while it was raining this morning I decided to pile up on the couch and watch something "fun" for a rainy day, so I chose "Family Plot." Having only seen it on smaller TVs since originally seeing it in a theater back in '76, it was really a treat with my now-huge tv and rich surround sound. I love the Williams score (and CD!!!) but I hadn't watched the film itself in a long time. Amazing how the years have been kind to this movie once you get past the bad process work and William Devane's 'stache. smile

Anyhow, hearing the terrifically spotted score WITH the film for the first time in ages, I'm just in awe of what an all-around treat and marvel JW's score is. (It helps that Jaws-thru-ET is my favorite Williams period), and the score is drenched with that marvelous CE3K/Fury-era business. From the haunting and gorgeous Séance theme, the cleverly interpolated love theme, well-used suspense and electronics, little Herrmanneque pastiches and of course a wonderful main theme, I was sitting there thinking "when has this man ever NOT been firing on all cylinders?"

So even though it's not my top favorite of all Hitchcock scores, just had to shout out for it. I was actually weighing Family Plot's score among all the Hitch music today, so the coincidence of your post was almost eerie! smile

 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2013 - 7:28 PM   
 By:   SchiffyM   (Member)

Impossible question.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2013 - 7:44 PM   
 By:   Montana Dave   (Member)




and then there is this opening title coupled with the outstanding camera work of Gil Taylor

 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2013 - 8:19 PM   
 By:   Freejack   (Member)

I've always liked Family Plot the most, but Psycho sure is a classic.wink

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2013 - 8:56 PM   
 By:   Regie   (Member)

For me, Hitchcock was graced with the two best scores ever written for film - "Psycho" and "Vertigo". Once he severed his relationship with "Benny" and his films flopped he began to understand the nature of their symbiotic relationship and the importance of his music to the success of his films. Too late.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2013 - 9:03 PM   
 By:   John Black   (Member)

I'll vote for VERTIGO, but PSYCHO is also a classic. My sentimental favorite is Herrmann's unused TORN CURTAIN, and I like MARNIE very much as well.

 
 Posted:   Jun 17, 2013 - 1:16 AM   
 By:   OnlyGoodMusic   (Member)

VERTIGO. Psycho may be the more "historically significant" score, since it's more radical, but Vertigo to me is the summation of most of Bernard Herrmann's stylistic traits, as well as mannerisms.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 17, 2013 - 1:44 AM   
 By:   Regie   (Member)

VERTIGO. Psycho may be the more "historically significant" score, since it's more radical, but Vertigo to me is the summation of most of Bernard Herrmann's stylistic traits, as well as mannerisms.

BRAVO!!

 
 Posted:   Jun 17, 2013 - 2:03 AM   
 By:   Stephen Woolston   (Member)

I think ...

PSYCHO is the greatest of them, but not the favourite listen

NORTH BY NORTHWEST is the most fun, but VERTIGO is my favourite listen

Despite so many great scores by so many great composers, I think the Herrmann years are the pinnacle.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 17, 2013 - 3:38 AM   
 By:   theMaestraX   (Member)

NORTH BY NORTHWEST - as its the most exciting!
PSYCHO & VERTIGO - the master at his best!

 
 Posted:   Jun 17, 2013 - 5:31 AM   
 By:   JohnnyG   (Member)

1. PSYCHO (possibly the most ingenious score EVER!)

followed by

2. VERTIGO
3. REBECCA (Waxman's masterpiece alongside "Bride of Frankenstein")
4. NORTH BY NORTHWEST
5. SPELLBOUND

 
 Posted:   Jun 17, 2013 - 5:49 AM   
 By:   YOR The Hunter From The Future   (Member)

"VERTIGO", for sure!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 17, 2013 - 6:46 AM   
 By:   eriknelson   (Member)

I would say that NORTH BY NORTHWEST is my favorite Hitchcock score, but I think MARNIE is in some ways more accomplished. The music grabs hold of you the instant the main title begins and doesn't let up. In so doing, the score makes the film seem much better than it is.

 
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