Psycho: the Music (Part II)


British film director Alfred Hitchcock in Cambridge in 1966. Photo by Peter Dunne/Express/Getty Images

In part 2 of our look at Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, we discuss how composer Bernard Herrmann skillfully builds tension with his use of repetition early on in the score. In the second half of the film, as a new, 3-note motive emerges, we break down its musical characteristics, and discuss how its used to warn us as the movie shifts from being a psychological thriller, to a classic whodunit.