BERNARD HERRMANN The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)

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Sci-Fi’s Definitive Music Score, circa 1951

While he was writing one of science fiction’s greatest music scores, Bernard Herrmann had not yet conceived of
The Outer Space Suite (later used in The Twilight Zone, HERE) or his visionary work with Alfred Hitchcock (including Psycho, HERE). Herrmann’s film career began in 1941 with Citizen Kane and ended in 1976 with Taxi Driver, which should tell you plenty about the guy’s depth and consistent quality. Composed in 1951, The Day The Earth Stood Still‘s sound and style touched nearly every sci-fi score that followed, even into 60s television shows like “Lost In Space.” (In fact, some of …Earth Stood Still‘s music was actually used in the un-aired pilot for the show, before composer John Williams was brought in for the series.) Plenty of Herrmann’s patented tension-through-repetition style is evident, as is his genre-defining Theremin work. Before-you-were-born music that can creep you out like nothing else. An all time great that should be in any soundtrack collection. Find it at Amazon, HERE.

Twentieth Century Fox Fanfare (0:13)
Prelude/Outer Space/Radar (3:51)
Danger (0:25)

Klaatu (2:18)

Gort/The Visor/The Telescope (2:26)

Escape (0:55)

Solar Diamonds (1:07)

Arlington (1:13)

Lincoln Memorial (1:32)

Nocturne/The Flashlight/The Robot/Space Control (6:02)
The Elevator/Magnetic Pull/The Study/Conference/Jewelry Store (4:33)
Panic (0:46)
The Glowing/Alone/Gort’s Rage/Nikto/The Captive/Terror (5:15)

The Prison (1:44)

Rebirth (1:42)

Departure (0:55)

Farewell (0:35)

Finale (0:31)



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    June 20, 2011 - 10:07 | Permalink

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    August 29, 2013 - 08:22 | Permalink

    Thanks for ALL the music.
    greetings from argentina,

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