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A Heart at Fire's Center: The Life and Music of Bernard Herrmann Paperback – 31 May 2002

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"Smith catches what many of us felt in those days, that Welles and Herrmann and colleagues seemed en route to the moon, bright spirits of a worried yet fervid decade. Smith then goes on to take us into every nook of Herrmann's career and many crannies of his private life."--Stanley Kauffmann, "The New Republic

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An exceptional work. I stand in awe of anyone who can piece together the puzzle of a man's life so fully, especially a man as odd and contradictory as Herrmann. A brilliant job.--Leonard Maltin

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

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ *University of California Press; 1st edition (31 May 2002)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 429 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0520229398
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0520229396
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.24 x 2.54 x 22.86 cm
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