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Israel Baker, renowned violinist, dies at 92
Israel Baker, renowned violinist, dies at 92

As concertmaster for the orchestra that recorded the soundtrack for the movie "Psycho," classical violinist Israel Baker helped create a piece of pop culture that is regarded as one of Hollywood's most terrifying. He led the piercing attack of the violins that accompanies the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock film's chilling shower scene. He "was a renowned violinist and concertmaster in the Hollywood studio system" and was heard on dozens of movie scores, said Jon Burlingame, a film and music historian. Yet Baker was also "one of the great violinists of the 20th century," classical music expert Jim Svejda said during a tribute on KUSC-FM (91.5) last week. ...

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