On Thu, 22 Jun 1995 13:31:36 -0700 you wrote:
>A quick and gentle correction to Don Larsson. The "screaming violins" in
>PSYCHO were not violins at all, but a Theramin (sp?); an instrument
>exploited to great heights by the great composer Bernard Hermann. N. Leibman
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I don't think this is correct. I have a copy of the handwritten
score, which shows "Vls" playing an E-flat above high C. In the next
measure, a second violin part adds an E-natural, then the violas and
cellos come in. The parts are clearly labelled by instrument name.
Byu the way, this theme, called "The Murder," carries the instructions
"Molto forzando e feroce."
I also listened to a recording and it sure doesn't sound like a
Theremin. You can hear the glissando of the string instruments, and
there's none of that Theremin vibrato.
I know that Miklos Rozsa used the Theremin for Spellbound (and other
scores), but I'm not aware that Bernard Hermann was a proponent.
Barbara Bernstein email: [log in to unmask]
Kinexis, San Francisco, CA
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