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 Posted:   May 23, 2011 - 5:03 AM   
 By:   David-R.   (Member)

Original Television Soundtrack
Music Composed by Bernard Herrmann

Our celebration of Bernard Herrmann's 100th birthday begins with one of the most important and exciting Herrmann releases in many years! After a wait of nearly 50 years since they were composed we offer a 2-CD set featuring eight never-before-released scores by Bernard Herrmann for the classic television series The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.

The hour-long Hitchcock episodes allowed Herrmann's music to really take the form of mini-film scores unto themselves. And Herrmann wrote 17 of them for the series!

This premiere release features the classic 8-bassoon Herrmann arrangement of Gounod’s Funeral March Of A Marionette along with the complete scores A Home Away From Home, You’ll Be The Death of Me, Nothing Ever Happens In Linvale, Behind The Locked Door, Body In The Barn, Change of Address, Water’s Edge and The McGregor Affair. There’s action, romance, macabre humor and lots of classic, chilling Herrmann suspense.

Featuring nearly 2 1/2 hours of Bernard Herrmann, this is a landmark release and an absolute must for all fans of the composer's work.

Our Bernard Herrmann festivities will continue on July 2 with a thrilling concert tribute to the composer hosted by Robert Townson and conducted by Diego Navarro at Fimucité 5 in Tenerife!

Price: $29.98
Catalog #: VCL 0511 1119

Disc One (75:08)

1. Main Title
“Funeral March Of A Marionette” (:24)
Composed by Charles Gounod
Arranged and Conducted by Bernard Herrmann

A Home Away From Home
2. Suite 1 (2:52)
Chapter Title / Doctor’s Office / Two Doctors / Crushing Glasses / Dead Doctor
3. Suite 2 (2:55)
Bumper 1 / Sarah Complains / Apprehensive Natalie / Uncertain Natalie
4. Suite 3 (1:26)
Bumper 2 / Natalie Climbs Stairs / Natalie Sees Body / Natalie Trying Door
5. Suite 4 (8:09)
Bumper 3 / Natalie Trying The Door / Horrified Natalie / Natalie Running / Panicky Natalie / Trying To Escape / Natalie Seeking Sarah / Natalie In Sarah’s Room / Frantic Natalie

You’ll Be The Death Of Me
6. Suite 1 (7:54)
Chapter Title / Rose Following Driver / Betty Rose Dies / Driver Comforts Mickey / Strange Button / Mickey Pretties Herself
7. Suite 2 (3:06)
Strange Visitor / Ruby & Mickey / Ruby & Dog
8. Suite 3 (3:28)
Mickey’s Big Reaction / Death / Driver Soothes Mickey / Mickey Questions Driver / False Search
9. Suite 4 (5:38)
Mickey Follows Driver / Mickey’s Realization / Driver Kills Mickey / Anguished Driver / Mickey’s Body Found / End Title

Nothing Ever Happens In Linvale
10. Suite 1 (3:24)
Chapter Title / Jarvis / Wister / Wister At Hospital / Wister In Reception Room / Linvale
11. Suite 2 (4:10)
Bridge Game / Puzzled Sheriff / Mrs. Logan / Hole In Garden / Jarvis At Hole / Jarvis Sees Mrs. Logan / Frightened Mrs. Logan / Wister & Mrs. Logan
12. Suite 3 (5:14)
Wister At Grave / Wister and Jarvis / Jarvis & Car / Jarvis Filling Hole #1 / Jarvis Filling Hole #2 / Something Buried / Dead Dog
13. Suite 4 (6:19)
Jarvis’ Sorrowful Tale / Mrs. Logan At Door / Jarvis At Logan House / Lovers / Jarvis & Corpse #1 / Jarvis & Corpse #2 / End Title

Behind The Locked Door
14. Suite 1 (6:13)
Chapter Title / Stranger In Car / Dave Scares Bonnie / Fascinating Mystery / Dave Exploring
15. Suite 2 (5:07)
Bonnie’s Mother / Dave Leaves / Bonnie Visits Dave / Dave Makes Bonnie Promise / Happy Moment / Door
16. Suite 3 (4:18)
Making Up Suicide Note / Sleeping Pill / Mrs. Daniel Finds Body / Bonnie’s Death
17. Suite 4 (3:58)
Laura’s Office / David Revisits House / Dave Still Searching / End Title

Disc Two (68:29)

Body In The Barn
1. Suite 1 (5:17)
Chapter Title / Note Found / Sheriff & Samantha / Bessie’s Kitchen / Watching Samantha /
Uninvited Callers / To Commercial #1
2. Suite 2 (4:35)
Out Of Commercial #1 / Bessie At Window / Peace Offering / Bessie Prowling / To Commercial #2
3. Suite 3 (2:13)
Out Of Commercial #2 / Samantha Not Believed / Jesus Christ Is Risen Today (trad., arr. Herrmann) / Visitor For Bessie / Henry Returns Home / To Commercial #3
4. Suite 4 (6:01)
Out Of Commercial #3 / Groggy Bessie / Henry Visits Bessie / Bessie Orders Henry Out / Bessie Conniving / End Title

Change Of Address
5. Suite 1 (6:20)
Chapter Title / Brooding / End Of The World / Elsa Comforted / To Commercial #1
6. Suite 2 (2:05)
Seashore / Cellar / To Commercial #2
7. Suite 3 (6:42)
Elsa’s Despondence / To Commercial #3 / Photo / Start Of Something / Detectives / End Title

Water’s Edge
8. Suite 1 (5:57)
Chapter Title / Mike Reminisces / Prison Hospital / Newsie’s Tip / Rendezvous / To Commercial #1
9. Suite 2 (4:10)
Out Of Commercial / To Commercial #2 / Peter’s Shack / Shack Searched / Boat House
10. Suite 3 (4:49)
Money Box / Konk On The Head / End Title

The McGregor Affair
11. Suite 1 (5:05)
Old Edinburgh / Street Meetings / Heavy Casket / Doctor Inspects Casket / To Commercial /
Out Of Commercial
12. Suite 2 (4:53)
Exuberant Aggie / Mac Ducks Aggie / Aggie The Nymph / Cobbler’s Shop / Human Hair / Mac Opens Coffin / Aggie Drunk / To Commercial #2
13. Suite 3 (2:08)
Mac & Drunk Aggie / Killer Burke / Tommy Lad / To Commercial #3 / Out Of Commercial #2
14. Suite 4 (6:47)
Aggie In Coffin / Remorseful Mac / Drunken Mac / Burke’s Ruse / Stranger In Coffin / End Title

15. End Title
“Funeral March Of A Marionette” (:56)
Composed by Charles Gounod
Arranged and Conducted by Bernard Herrmann

 Posted:   May 23, 2011 - 6:11 AM   
 By:   Valiant65   (Member)

Wow! This is a delightful surprise. Can't wait to settle into this. Sounds like a greatest hits of Herrmann.

 Posted:   May 23, 2011 - 6:59 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

If I buy anything out of this batch it'll be this but I have to check out the samples first.

 Posted:   May 23, 2011 - 7:02 AM   
 By:   Joe Brausam   (Member)

I'm really surprised by the lack of response to this, and disappointed. This is honestly a huge release, I don't understand why it isn't getting a warmer reception!

 Posted:   May 23, 2011 - 7:14 AM   
 By:   Sean   (Member)

I'm really surprised by the lack of response to this, and disappointed. This is honestly a huge release, I don't understand why it isn't getting a warmer reception!

Agreed! Never-before-released Herrmann is incredibly exciting. This one's a no-brainer.


 Posted:   May 23, 2011 - 7:17 AM   
 By:   Grimsdyke   (Member)

Special thanks to John Williams ??

 Posted:   May 23, 2011 - 7:18 AM   
 By:   John Black   (Member)

I just pre-ordered it with SAE. I'm very excited to get some never-before-released Herrmann scores! My favorite Herrmann scores for this series aren't in this set (AN UNLOCKED WINDOW, THE JAR, WHERE THE WOODBINE TWINETH, CONSIDER HER WAYS), but it does contain a couple of fine ones in A HOME AWAY FROM HOME and CHANGE OF ADDRESS. Hopefully, there will indeed be future volumes of the Herrmann/Hitchcock Hour scores.

 Posted:   May 23, 2011 - 7:41 AM   
 By:   David Sones (Allardyce)   (Member)

Regarding the cues called "Chapter Title", is it safe to assume that those are the brief foreboding sustained notes that accompanied the title cards of each episode? I hope so; love that little piece. Didn't know it was Herrmann!

 Posted:   May 23, 2011 - 8:01 AM   
 By:   Juan Carlos García Cortés   (Member)

Ordered together with Goldsmith concert.

Really nice samples!

 Posted:   May 23, 2011 - 8:03 AM   
 By:   Pete Apruzzese   (Member)

Instant order - thanks to all involved for this release.

 Posted:   May 23, 2011 - 8:11 AM   
 By:   Mark Ford   (Member)

When the batch from Varese was first posted last night I was a bit underwhelmed, although the Goldsmith concert is something I would like to have. Then lo and behold another release appeared a few minutes later, this one, and any disappointment was dispelled. A Herrmann right on the eve of his centennial and an unexpected one of gems from the Hitchcock series. 2 1/2 hours of Herrmann...sign me up!

 Posted:   May 23, 2011 - 8:19 AM   
 By:   films1   (Member)

This is an inspired release .....ordered !!

 Posted:   May 23, 2011 - 9:12 AM   
 By:   Sirusjr   (Member)

Such lovely melodic Herrmann, after listening to the samples I couldn't resist. Sounds like the tapes were in wonderful condition as well.

 Posted:   May 23, 2011 - 9:57 AM   
 By:   Jim Doherty   (Member)

One of my dreams come true! And better yet, it says VOLUME ONE!

 Posted:   May 23, 2011 - 9:59 AM   
 By:   mildcigar   (Member)

One of my dreams come true! And better yet, it says VOLUME ONE!

Volume one of a set of one?


 Posted:   May 23, 2011 - 10:24 AM   
 By:   robertmro   (Member)


I can't wait for Vol. 2 which has to include my favorite of them all: "The Thing In The Jar"

I would like to point out that Morgan & Stromberg are planning a rerecording of some of these scores.

 Posted:   May 23, 2011 - 10:52 AM   
 By:   John Black   (Member)

Well, I preordered the Herrmann without even listening to the samples. I didn't need them to make my decision, but I'm glad the samples have been provided for those on the fence.

 Posted:   May 23, 2011 - 10:58 AM   
 By:   darklordsauron   (Member)

I'm really surprised by the lack of response to this, and disappointed. This is honestly a huge release, I don't understand why it isn't getting a warmer reception!

They came out at 3am on the east coast, and at 6am on the east coast you're complaining about a lack of response? You're answer is in front of you! big grin

 Posted:   May 23, 2011 - 11:05 AM   
 By:   Eugene Iemola   (Member)

Is Varese holding back on the Hitchcock directed episodes? (That would fill in a lot of gaps of their years together.) I don't know. Anybody got that book that came out a while back with all the episodes in it? Did Hitchcock direct any of these episodes? Dying to know.

 Posted:   May 23, 2011 - 11:06 AM   
 By:   'Lenny Bruce' Marshall   (Member)

I remember watching "Water's Edge" and as soon as the ep started I said "That's Herrmann doing the score!"
Very romantic in the MUIR style

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