Composers Datebook®

with host John Birge

Monday, September 30

The Twilight Zone

Synopsis

“This highway leads to the shadowy tip of reality: you're on a through-route to the land of the different, the bizarre, the unexplainable... Go as far as you like on this road. Its limits are only those of mind itself. Ladies and Gentlemen, you're entering the wondrous dimension of imagination…”

Next stop The DATEBOOK Zone.

OK, all kidding aside, but “submitted for your approval” as Rod Serling used to say, this is the COMPOSERS DATEBOOK for September 30th. I’m John Birge.

On today’s date in 1960, the first episode of the second season of “The Twilight Zone,” — the legendary sci-fi/fantasy TV series created by Mr. Serling — aired on CBS. For this season, the producers added a new signature theme written by Marius Constant, a Romanian-born French composer who had studied composition in Paris with Olivier Messiaen, Arthur Honegger, and Nadia Boulanger.

Constant had a very respectable career as a “serious” composer, but today he’s best known for his brief but iconic “Twilight Zone” theme.

During its five-season run, that show also employed the talents of some famous HOLLYWOOD composers, including Jerry Goldsmith, Leonard Rosenman, Fred Steiner, and Franz Waxman.

And just in case you’re wondering who wrote the opening theme for the FIRST season of “The Twilight Zone” when the show debuted in 1959, well, that was yet another famous Hollywood composer by the name of Bernard Herrmann.

Music Played in Today's Program

Marius Constant (1925 - 2004) The Twilight Zone Main Theme (2nd version) orchestraJoel McNeely, cond. Varese-Sarabande VSD2-6087

Bernard Herrmann (1911 - 1975) The Twilight Zone Main Theme (1st version) orchestraJoel McNeely, cond. Varese-Sarabande VSD2-6087

Additional Information

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