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 Posted:   Feb 17, 2014 - 3:47 PM   
 By:   Mike_H   (Member)

I was listening to some Handel the other day and found myself thinking, wait a sec that sounds like a piece from Herrmann's Walking Distance! The piece is L’Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato- a pastoral ode based on poems by John Milton.

The lyrics are:

Thus past the day, to bed they creep
By whisp’ring winds soon lull’d asleep.


I wonder if the music was an intentional quote by Herrmann or just one of those funny coincidences.

Walking Distance: "Martin's Summer" (starts at 10:45)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJPSW6Atcak


The Handel piece: the section begins at 47:44, with the direct string quote beginning at 49:00.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLWRwHeosHM

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 17, 2014 - 4:11 PM   
 By:   Jim Doherty   (Member)

At first, while listening from the starting point you mentioned, I thought to myself, "Nope, I don't hear it." I was just about to turn it off, when suddenly, at 48:25, there it was. From 48:25 to about
49:39, the resemblance is more than just passing.

Herrmann knew Handel's music, he conducted it at CBS, he quoted from it in FOR THE FALLEN. With all this in mind, I tend to think Herrmann probably slipped this into WALKING DISTANCE on purpose - not as a steal, but as an actual quote.

This is pretty cool. Thanks for posting it.

(I seem to remember a post similar to this about a Herrmann cue, either here or on the Herrmann site, but I can't remember the classical piece or the film.)

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 17, 2014 - 4:17 PM   
 By:   Jim Doherty   (Member)

From the Bernard Herrmann website:

http://herrmann.uib.no/talking/view.cgi?forum=thGeneral&topic=3222

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 18, 2014 - 12:10 AM   
 By:   jontowers   (Member)

I was listening to some Handel the other day and found myself thinking, wait a sec that sounds like a piece from Herrmann's Walking Distance! The piece is L’Allegro, il Penseroso, ed il Moderato- a pastoral ode based on poems by John Milton.

The lyrics are:

Thus past the day, to bed they creep
By whisp’ring winds soon lull’d asleep.


I wonder if the music was an intentional quote by Herrmann or just one of those funny coincidences.

Walking Distance: "Martin's Summer" (starts at 10:45)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJPSW6Atcak


The Handel piece: the section begins at 47:44, with the direct string quote beginning at 49:00.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLWRwHeosHM




Check out this article from 2009:
http://www.americanmusicpreservation.com/WalkingDistanceTwilightZone.htm

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 24, 2014 - 1:48 AM   
 By:   Mike_H   (Member)

I watched Walking Distance on July 4 as is my custom ("band concerts and three-scoop ice cream sodas!") and remembered this fun little tidbit. A gorgeous moment, especially when the children all leave the carousel and the lights shift to illuminate Martin only. Great theatrical moment.

 
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