Going the “Distance”: Scoring Serling’s Bittersweet Masterpiece
It’s one of the most vital aspects of any movie or TV show, and one of the easiest to overlook: the score.
Music can make or break a film. Alfred Hitchcock, for example, had planned for the shower scene in “Psycho” to be silent (save for the sounds of running water and Marion’s screams) … until Bernard Herrmann played his iconic shrieking violins for the Master of Suspense, who agreed that it greatly enhanced its effectiveness.
Herrmann’s talents also made their way to the small screen. The legendary composer wrote scores for seven episodes of The Twilight Zone (and his musical cues were recycled in many others), including one that leads many top 10 lists: Serling’s bittersweet masterpiece “Walking Distance.”
I’ve covered the episode in a previous post and praised Herrmann’s theme music for Season 1. But on the 54th anniversary of “Walking Distance”, I simply wanted to highlight Herrmann’s score, which adds so much to the heartbreaking mood that Serling was trying to create. It is a beautiful marriage of words and music. Enjoy:
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