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June 22 in Twilight Zone History: Remembering composer Rene Garriguenc ('The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street')

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Jun 22, 2018

Today, June 22nd, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia remember composer Rene Garriguenc, who passed away on this day in 1998 at the age of 89.

Although this blog has concentrated on honoring the actors and episodes of the greatest television series of all time, the composers shouldn't be overlooked for adding tons of atmosphere to every episode.

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Certainly adding to the suspense of "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" was the atmospheric score composed by René Garriguenc. 

French-born Garriguenc (1908-1998), who began his career in radio (appropriately on a show entitled Suspense), often worked in collaboration with composer Bernard Herrmann and CBS music department head Lud Gluskin. He composed the scores for "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street," "Passage on the Lady Anne," "In Praise of Pip" and "Spur of the Moment," while supplying additional stock music cues for "Mr. Denton on Doomsday," "Judgment Night," "I Shot an Arrow into the Air," "The Hitch-hiker," "Mirror Image" and "A Game of Pool."

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The score composed by René Garriguenc for "Passage on the Lady Anne" was lovely and suspenseful.

So, on this the day of Rene Garriguenc's passing, let's hoist one to a great maestro of music who brought his considerable skills to the crazy, eclectic world of television anthology – specifically, the crazy, eclectic world of The Twilight Zone.