Sounds of The Birds (1963) – Alfred Hitchcock.

Celluloid Wicker Man

Few directors have had their relationship with music analysed as much as Alfred Hitchcock.  His natural ability to select the right composer to almost brand his films aurally has often meant that the musical scores have become synonymous with his filmmaking style even though they have been created by several different composers over the years.  With this context then, Hitchcock’s 1963 film, The Birds, seems extremely unusual, especially considering the musical and cinematic work around it.  In spite of being the next film made after Psycho (1960) – the audio-visual equivalent of ground zero – The Birds is missing the lavish and eccentric musical scores that had defined his films, his personality, and, at least at this point, his increasing association the sound world of Bernard Herrmann.

The Birds follows an inexplicably odd plot about Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hendren); a rich socialite who delivers a pair of love birds…

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