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PostClassical Presents the Music of Bernard Herrmann

This week's Friday night broadcast (6/28 at 8 pm) features PostClassical Ensemble, the resident ensemble of the National Cathedral, in an evening of music by Bernard Herrmann. Featured works include music from his score for the movie "Psycho," his  Clarinet Quintet "Souvenirs de Voyage," and the radio play "Whitman" with music by Herrmann, in honor of the bicentennial of Whitman's birth. This program, which was broadcast live earlier this month from the cathedral, will be hosted by author, music historian and PostClassical Ensemble co-founder Joseph Horowitz, PostClassical Music Director and co-founder Maestro Angel Gil-Ordonez, Exploring Music host Bill McGlaughlin and WWFM host David Osenberg.

Listening Guide

Part One:
5:00 — Herrmann: Psycho narrative for string orchestra
29:59 - Dorothy Herrmann describing her crusty father
31:15 - Herrmann clarinet quintet

Part 2

Part Two:
0:00 — An intermission feature including the Whitman scholar Steven Herrmann and Murray Horwitz of WAMU’s The Big Broadcast

17:35 — Whitman (the Norman Corwin radio drama, with music by Herrmann)


William McGlaughlin’s introduction to music came late; he was fourteen before he took his first piano lessons. "Happily, I understood immediately what a wonderful thing I’d stumbled into. I can remember thinking as I walked away from my second piano lesson — "Well, that’s it. I’ll be a musician. Of course, I had no idea what that decision meant exactly."