Herrmann’s Artistry: Scoring the Human Condition

Herrmann’s Artistry: Scoring the Human Condition


Dan O’Neill



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‘All my life needed was a sense of someplace to go. I don’t believe that one should devote his life to morbid self-attention. I believe someone should become a person like other people.’ – Travis Bickle. These words are spoken by the protagonist in Martin Scorsese’s 1976 film, ‘Taxi Driver’, the subject of this thesis. My intention of this thesis is to explore and uncover some of the reasons why this screen character has become almost mythical to generations of wrought, social alienated youngsters the world over. His dialogue is quoted arguably more than any other male lead and his famous lines have resonated with every person who has ever felt acute loneliness and worthlessness. It is this inalienable fact that draws us in and makes the viewer confide and emphasize with this character, Travis. However there is another ‘character’ that permeates alongside our tragic hero in this narrative, Herrmann’s score.

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Valencia (Spain) Campus

Herrmann’s Artistry: Scoring the Human Condition