Television music
 
with discography


1954

t A Christmas Carol (CBS) 1954
an hour-long TV opera

note: Lyrics by Maxwell Anderson.
note: Shown on Chrysler Shower of Stars, December 24, 1954.

pic.: "On This Darkest Day of Winter"
pic.: Title frame
pic.: Music credit
pic.: Marley's ghost

1955

t A Child Is Born (presented on G.E.Theater) 1955
an half-hour TV opera

1956

T The Ethan Allen Story (CBS TV-pilot) 1956
theme and score

note: When the pilot 'failed', the music became part of the CBS music library and was later used in the Have Gun, Will Travel TV series.

The Ethan Allen Story (1956, OST)
(11:10) Bernard Herrmann [1984-1984 LP]


T Western Suite (CBS cue music) 1956

The Western Suite (1956, OST)
(21:33) Bernard Herrmann [1984-1984 LP]


T Western Saga (CBS cue music) 1956

Western Saga (1956, OST)
(18:09) Bernard Herrmann [1983-1983 LP]


T The Desert Suite (CBS cue music) 1956

The Desert Suite (1956, OST)
(12:09) Bernard Herrmann [1983-1983 LP]


T "Gunsmoke" (CBS TV series (western); Sept. 1955 - Sept. 1975) 1956
original scores

episodes: Episodes:
  • Harriet (1960)
  • The Tall Trapper
  • Kitty Shot

note: Other composers: Franz Waxman


T "Studio One" (TV series; Nov. 1948 - Sept. 1958) 1956
scores

note: Herrmann's involvement with this series started in 1956.
note: The series later changed name to Westinghouse Studio One
note: Other composers: Jerry Goldsmith

pic.: Title frame

1957

T The Outer Space Suite (CBS cue music) 1957

The Outer Space Suite (1957, OST)
(25:15) Bernard Herrmann [1983-1983 LP]


T The Indian Suite (CBS cue music) 1957

The Indian Suite (1957, OST)
(9:19) Bernard Herrmann [1983-1983 LP]


T "Have Gun - Will Travel" (CBS TV series (western); Sept. 1957 - Sept. 1963) 1957
theme and original score

episodes: Episode (original score):
  • Three Bells to Perdido (pilot)

episodes: Episodes using Herrmann stock music:
The Strange Vendetta ; A Matter of Ethics ; The Great Mojave Chase ; The Outlaw ; The Englishman ; No Visitors ; McNally's Folly ; Show of Force ; and more

note: Other composers: Jerry Goldsmith
ref.: Have Gun Will Travel (radio series), 1958 (stocks & sequels)

Have Gun, Will Travel (1957, OST)
(10:21) Bernard Herrmann [1984-1984 LP]


T "Perry Mason" (TV-series; Sept. 1957 - 1966) 1957
original and stock scores
ref: JD-B / RF

1958

T "Pursuit" (TV-series; Oct. 1958 - Jan. 1959) 1958
theme and score

1959

T "Rawhide" (CBS TV series; Jan. 1959 - Jan. 1966) 1959
original and stock scores

episodes: Episodes (original scores):
  • Pursuit (1965)
  • possibly more

episodes: Episodes using Herrmann stock music:
Incident of the Coyote Weed (1959) ; Incident of the Cubasco (1959) ; Incident of the Curios Street (1959; cues) ; Incident of the Judas Trap (1959; cues) ; Incident at Dangerfield Dip (1959; cues) ; Incident at Jacob's Well (1959; cues) ; Incident of the Valley in Shadow (1959; cues) ; Incident of the Haunted Hills (1959; cues) ; Incident of the Tinker's Dam (1959; cues) ; Incident of the Sharpshooter (1959; cues) ; Incident at Sulphur Creek (1959; cues) ; Incident of the Stargazer (1959; cues) ; Incident of the Day of the Dead (1959; cues) ; Incident of the 100 Amulets (1959) ; Incident at the Buffalo Smokehouse (1959) ; Incident of the Portrait (1962) ; Incident of the Reluctant Bridegroom (1962; cues) ; Incident at Sugar Creek (1962; cues) ; Incident of the Querencias (1962; cues) ; Incident of the Murder Steer (1962) ; Incident of the Night Visitor (1962; cues) ; Incident on the Top of the World (1962; cues) ; Incident of the Running Iron (1962; cues) ; Incident of the Gallows Tree (1962; cues) ; Incident of the Comanchero (1963; cues) ; Incident of the Clown (1963; cues) ; Incident of the White Eyes (1963; cues) ; Incident of the Travelin Man (1963; cues) ; Brush War at Buford (1965) ; Incident at Barker Springs (cues) ; Incident of the Golden Calf (cues)

note: Other composers: Fred Steiner, Leith Stevens, Jerry Goldsmith, Leon Klatzkin, Nathan Scott, Billy May
ref: RF


T "The Twilight Zone" (Rod Serling; CBS TV series; Oct. 1959 - Sept. 1965) 1959
original theme and scores

episodes: Episodes (original scores):
  • Where Is Everybody? (October 2, 1959; pilot)
  • Walking Distance (October 30, 1959)
  • The Lonely (November 13, 1959)
  • The Eye of the Beholder (November 11, 1960)
  • Little Girl Lost (March 16, 1962)
  • Living Doll (November 1, 1963)
  • Ninety Years Without Slumbering (December 20, 1963)

note: Herrmann also composed the original main and end title themes, and several alternate main and end title themes

episodes: Episodes using Herrmann stock music:
Mr. Denton on Doomsday ; One for the Angels ; Judgement Night ; I Shot an Arrow ; The Hitchhiker ; The Last Flight ; Third from the Sun ; A World of His Own ; Mirror Image ; A Nice Place to Visit ; The After Hours ; The Howling Man ; The Lateness of the Hour ; Nick of Time ; The Mind and the Matter ; It's a Good Life ; Nothing in the Dark ; The Rip Van Winkle Caper ; The Fugitive ; The Trade-ins ; Nightmare at 20,000 Feet ; Last Night of a Jockey ; The Old Man in the Cave ; Night Call ; The 7th is Made Up of Phantoms ; Number 12 Looks Just Like You ; On Thursday We Leave For Home ; Queen of the Nile ((one cue)) ; I Am the Night - Color Me Black ; The Bewitchin' Pool

note: Other composers: Jerry Goldsmith, Franz Waxman

"The Twilight Zone" (1959-1964, OST; Where Is Everybody?, The Lonely, Walking Distance, Rip Van Winkle Caper, Main...)
[1992 LP/CD]

pic.: "Where Is Everybody?"
pic.: "Walking Distance"
pic.: "The Lonely"
pic.: "The Eye of the Beholder"
pic.: "Little Girl Lost"
pic.: "Living Doll"


T "The House on K Street" (pilot for TV-series) 1959
original theme and score

episodes: The title of the pilot episode was:
  • Hammer Fist
ref: GK / JD-B

1962

T "The Virginian" (TV series; Sept. 1962 - Sept. 1971) 1962
original score

episodes: Episode:
  • The Last Grave at Socorro Creek
  • possibly more

note: Other composers: Franz Waxman, John Williams

The TV Music of Bernard Herrmann (1962, OST)
Bernard Herrmann [1975 LP]

1963

T "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" (Universal-MCA TV series; Oct. 1962 - May 1965) 1963
original scores

episodes: Episodes (original scores), second season (Oct. 1963 - June 1964):
  • A Home Away from Home
  • Terror at Northfield
  • You'll Be the Death of Me
  • Nothing Ever Happens in Linvale
  • The Jar
  • Behind the Locked Door
  • Body in the Barn

episodes: Episodes (original scores), third season (Oct. 1964 - May 1965)
  • Change of Address
  • Water's Edge
  • The Life Work of Juan Diaz
  • The McGregor Affair
  • Misadventure
  • Consider Her Ways
  • Where the Woodbine Twineth
  • An Unlocked Window
  • Wally the Beard
  • Death Scene

note: Herrmann also arranged the opening and closing theme for 2nd and 3rd seasons

episodes: Episodes using Herrmann stock music:
The Cadaver (2nd season) ; Beyond the Sea of Death ; Night Caller ; Anyone for Murder? ; The Ordeal of Mrs. Snow ; Bed of Roses ; Isabel ; Return of Verge Likens (3rd season) ; Final Performance ; The Trap ; The Photographer and the Undertaker ; Thou Still Unravished Bride ; Completely Foolproof ; Power of Attorney ; Second Wife ; Night Fever ; Off Season

note: See also:
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: an introcution
Interview with Norman Lloyd

pic.: Title
pic.: Music credit

ref: TD


T "The Chrysler Theater" (TV series; Sept. 1963 - Sept. 1967) 1963

episodes: Episodes (original or stock):
  • Escape into Jeopardy
  • The War of Erick Kurtz
  • Blind Man's Bluff
  • Nightmare
  • The Fatale Mistake
  • The Safe House

note: Other composers: Jerry Goldsmith


T "The Great Adventure" (CBS TV series; Sept. 1963 - April 1965) 1963
original scores

episodes: Episodes:
  • The Secret
  • Nathan Hale (Moment of Crisis)
ref: JD-B / RF / CBS-L


T "Kraft Suspense Theatre" (TV series; Oct. 1963 - Sept. 1965) 1963
score

episodes: Episode:
  • A Lion Amongst Men

note: Other composers: Franz Waxman, John Williams

1965

T "Convoy" (TV-series (war); Sept. 1965 - Dec. 1965) 1965
theme and scores
ref: IMDB

1967

T "Cimarron Strip" (CBS western TV-series; Sept. 1967 - Sept. 1971) 1967
original score

episodes: Episode (original score):
  • Knife in the Darkness

episodes: Episode using Herrmann stock music:
The Deputy
ref: JD-B / RF

1968

T Companions in Nightmare (Norman Lloyd; Universal-MCA TV movie) 1968

Unknown

T "Collector's Item" (pilot for TV-series) ????
original theme and score

note: This music became part of the CBS music library and was used as stock music for other TV series.
ref: JD-B / RF

Collector's Item (19??, OST)
(9:15) Bernard Herrmann [1986-1986 LP]


T "Landmark" (proposed documentary TV-series) ????
original theme and cues
ref: JD-B


T Various music for television ????

note: The following list of TV-series and shows have Herrmann music. Whether it's original or stock is not known.
The Americans (1961; action/civil-war)
CBS Fanfare
Climax (Oct. 1954 - June 1958)
Forecast (theme and score)
The Line Up (Oct. 1954 - Jan. 1960)
Pitfall
Playhouse 90 (Oct. 1956 - Sept. 1961)
Police Force
Westinghouse (theme; Oct. 1958 - Jan. 1960)
ref: JD-B / RF



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