Anyway, his new book covers Hitchcock’s personal faith in music as art, and how music plays a big role in the plots of his films. From the NY Times article:
…he examines Hitchcock’s meticulous notes about film scores, pays attention to every casual calliope tune and chronicles the director’s arguments with studios and fallings out with composers.
Sounds interesting if you want to read up on the relationships between directors and their composers:
The composer Bernard Herrmann, for example, who created the scores for “Psycho,” “North by Northwest” and some of Hitchcock’s other masterpieces, said there were only “a handful of directors like Hitchcock who really know the score and fully realize the importance of its relationship to a film.”
So the shocker in the article is Hitchcock didn’t want music in the Psycho shower scene! Hermann had to convince him to keep it in.
I wonder how that shower stabbing scene would have been without music? Try playing this YouTube clip with the sound off and see: