Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
A Heart at Fire's Center: The Life and Music of Bernard Herrmann Hardcover – June 3, 1991
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed
From the Inside Flap
"Bernard Herrmann was a master of psychology. His incredibly innovative music inhabited’ the film it was in, creating moods that stayed with the audience long after the film was over. Steven Smith captures the very heart of what Herrmann represented. I highly recommend this book to anyone who truly wants a glimpse into the world of this musical giant who changed the very nature of film composing."Esa-Pekka Salonen, music director, Los Angeles Philharmonic
"Fascinating. The scholarship is impeccable, the judgments sound, and the whole thing as compulsively readable as eating popcorn."Nicholas Meyer, director and writer
More About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
It is a challenge to tell when long quotes occur, since their typography is so close to the "normal" text. There is such a great proportion of quotes, there is at times a scrapbook feel. The running title at the top of a page does not indicate what chapter you are in, and each chapter heading should have indicated years of coverage in addition to its number. Most of what I am describing are editing problems, whose blame must be laid on the University of California Press. I hope the 2002 edition is better.
As a person, Bernard Herrmann was obnoxious, bullying, insulting, and disregarded the feelings of others. If this applied only to his music vocation, these qualities would be somewhat understandable, but he was liable to gratuitously lash out at whoever crossed his path, whether taxi drivers or party guests.
Nonetheless, his music is a thing for love, enthusiasm, and admiration.
Author Smith has compiled a fascinating look at Herrmann, exposing the man's genius that went hand-and-hand with his tempetuosity. The book also reveals how Herrmann suited his music for the characters that were to be seen onscreen, crafting each note to the storyline and the director's wishes.
"A Heart at Fire's Center" is a must-read for those that admire the man, as well as for those that have an interest in the nuances and mandates of scoring for the movies.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So excited to finally buy this! I've wanted it since it was published 25 yrs ago. Perfect condition (bought used), fast delivery. Gonna be a great read. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jenny Lens
A wonderful biography of one of the greatest composers of all time. Much insight into his bizarre personality quirks.Published 15 months ago by Gwen Foss
A fascinating and information -packed work about the life and career of this very talented composer of great film scores... Read morePublished 24 months ago by JK.
Bernard "Benny" Hermann--one of, if not *the* greatest composer ever to write music for films--was an enfant terrible. He lived on long enough to become un vieil homme, as well. Read morePublished on October 1, 2013 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 on July 28, 2013 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