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 Posted:   Jan 6, 2002 - 3:19 AM   
 By:   Jim Cleveland   (Member)

I was just checking out Ebay, seeing what they had on there of Herrmann's and I came across something very odd.
Up for bids is an LP of Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles, with music by Herrmann and Norman Corwin had his hand in this production as well!
I'm assuming this is a record of a radio dramatization.
Does anyone know anything about this? Was it a specially composed score, or did they just reuse Fahrenheit 451?

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2002 - 6:04 AM   
 By:   Originalthinkr@aol.com   (Member)

If it IS a score written specifically for "Chronicles," it'd be especially interesting to find out whether a music-only tape exists somewhere.

(P.S. If you want to read something really stupid, check out the thread "Herrmann Can't Write Westerns.")

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2002 - 1:25 PM   
 By:   estgrey   (Member)

There was a Martian Chronicles movie (a TV miniseries I think) with Rock Hudson. The acting was rather stiff and I have no idea who wrote the music for it, although I think I would have remembered if Hermann had done it. (I also don't remember the year it was produced, but it was quite some time ago and possibly far enough back that Hermann was still alive and active.) It shows up from time to time on the SCI-FI channel. The idea that Hermman's music was for an old radio show may be more reasonable.

(Digging around a little, I note that the 3 part mini series was done for NBC about 1979 and apparently aired in 1980. It was directed by Michael Anderson, so I suppose the chances that it is the same thing you are looking for are rather slight. If you e-mailed the seller of the LP, he might be able to give you some information from the liner notes on the back of the album.)

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2002 - 1:47 PM   
 By:   Jim Cleveland   (Member)

Nope, afraid not! Stanley Myers wrote the terrific score for that production!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2002 - 1:49 PM   
 By:   Jim Cleveland   (Member)

If (P.S. If you want to read something really stupid, check out the thread "Herrmann Can't Write Westerns.")
Awwww... It's not stupid! EVeryone is entitled to be unhappy with a Herrmann score!

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2002 - 1:53 PM   
 By:   estgrey   (Member)

Then I return to my suggestion that you e-mail the seller. The picture on eBay seems to show that there is a good deal of information on the liner notes. The picture is just too small to actually read any of it.

If you do get additional information from the seller, please post it here. It would be interesting to know the details, although you might want to wait until the auction ends if you are one of the bidders.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2002 - 2:36 PM   
 By:   PeterD   (Member)

There was a 1950 radio dramatization based on "The Martian Chronicles"; if that's what the LP is of, it wouldn't surprise me if Herrmann had been hired to do the music, since he and Corwin had collaborated on many radio productions in the '30s and '40s.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2002 - 3:46 PM   
 By:   Greg Bryant   (Member)

There was a 1950 radio dramatization based on "The Martian Chronicles"; if that's what the LP is of, it wouldn't surprise me if Herrmann had been hired to do the music, since he and Corwin had collaborated on many radio productions in the '30s and '40s.

Years ago, I picked up an LP on Cerberus Records of music Herrmann wrote for radio plays. Among those was an adaption of Huxley's Brave New World. Seems like Herrmann wrote a little bit of everything.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 6, 2002 - 6:55 PM   
 By:   Originalthinkr@aol.com   (Member)

Dear Jim:

He doesn't dislike A score; it's clear he doesn't like, or get, Herrmann -- period.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 7, 2002 - 7:48 PM   
 By:   John Prytz   (Member)

(P.S. If you want to read something really stupid, check out the thread "Herrmann Can't Write Westerns.")

Stupid it might be (in your opinion), but that's my opinion (as I started that thread) and I'm sticking to it!

Further, I was only being critical of westerns, and only then two specifics ("Garden of Evil" and "Have Gun Will Travel") - apart from that, I'm quite pleased with the many dozens of Herrmann scores I have!

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2014 - 12:50 PM   
 By:   Jim Doherty   (Member)

Just to set this matter to rest over a decade later:

First of all, what is included on this LP are two 1/2 hour episodes from 1950 of the series DIMENSION X. These are interesting radio adaptations of Bradbury's "Mars is Heaven" and "The Martian Chronicles," but I wanted to note that, despite what is says on the LP jacket, the music is NOT by Bernard Herrmann, it doesn't even sound like him. As a matter of fact, the first piece heard within the actual story part of "The Martian Chronicles" broadcast is an arrangement for harp and organ of Claude Debussy's song "Beau Soir."

Also note that this series aired on NBC - Herrmann worked at CBS, not NBC. Also, this LP has edited the broadcasts, so that the spoken credit at the end of the show, "Music by Arthur Berman," is missing.

If you'd like to hear the show, go to:

https://archive.org/details/OTRR_Dimension_X_Singles

and skip to episodes 14 and 20.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2014 - 1:18 PM   
 By:   TheFamousEccles   (Member)

It's also worth noting that Norman Corwin also had nothing to do with these productions, but were in fact adapted by my friend and neighbor Ernest Kinoy. (Corwin also worked more or less exclusively for CBS.)

"Dimension X" and it's follow-up series "X-Minus One" are wonderful science-fiction anthology series, and I highly recommend them for their smart scripts, sharp performances, and evocative production design.

 
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