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Hitchcock’s Psycho in concert

New York Philharmonic / New York / Music

It’s scored for strings only, as if meant to be played on taut nerves. The opening five chords stab at silence, a foreshadowing. Unleashed under the opening credits, it sounds like music let out of a cage. Bernard Herrmann’s score for Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho could be the unstable grandchild of Le Sacre du Printemps. The Philharmonic plays it, while the movie runs. —L.J.

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