Each time I pick up the book, I eagerly anticipate what lies in its pages.
The author takes great care to portray Herrmann's complex personality frequently given to outbursts of anger and frustration to even his closest supports and friends.
This is a splendid book. meticulously researched about one of film music's most charismatic and controversial figures.
A fascinating and information -packed work about the life and career of this very talented composer of great film scores... Read morePublished 8 months ago by JK.
Bernard "Benny" Hermann--one of, if not *the* greatest composer ever to write music for films--was an enfant terrible. Read morePublished 12 months ago by ilprofessore
I expected nothing more than a good over-view of Herrmann's life. But it is very well written and brings you into one of the most creative periods in American history.Published 15 months ago by Ian Rowlandson
Great bio of a great composer. Detailed enough for musicians and clear enough for a layman.
Ultimately, a complicated, tragic man.
An insightful look into the life of a legend of the silver screen. Bernard Herrmann was a genius who is primarily remembered for his outstanding film scores for Orson Welles'... Read morePublished on September 29, 2011 by John Dziadecki
I am still reading this book, having read through, roughly, half the book. However, I think I can share some thoughts about this remarkable book. Read morePublished on February 22, 2011 by cg1-rj
Steven C. Smith's critical biography of Bernard Herrmann is a superb blend of scholarship and accessibility. Read morePublished on December 1, 2007 by Steve
Bernard Herrmann is undoubtedly a genius, but he was also a tortured man. His ability to churn out scores under pressure for radio and then film is simply astonishing. Read morePublished on March 15, 2007 by Peter Hoogenboom
I realize this is probably the best (if not only) comprehensive bio on Herrmann, but I found the book a bit clumsy and disjointed. Read morePublished on June 5, 2006 by John Madison