Many of us here really enjoy watching television through http://www.hulu.com.(1) The best part about Hulu? It offers a ton of free, black-and-white tv shows from the days of early television. One of the shows that Hulu features is the Alfred Hitchcock Presents TV series. If you’ve ever seen it, you’ll notice that Alfred Hitchcock Presents has a very, creepy opening sequence where familiar music plays in the background while Hitchcock’s portrait is displayed ominously on a blank screen.
Well, believe it or not that song in the background is entitled, "Funeral March for a Marionette." This song was written by French composer Charles Francois Gounod who lived in the 1800s. You may not instantly recognize Gounod‘s name, but his compositions range from the opera Faust (which was based on Goethe’s play) to his work on Ave Maria. I think it’s pretty interesting that a song composed in the mid-1850s was used almost a century later for a black-and-white TV show in the 1950s.
We have a lot of other creepy Halloween sheet music downloads from old TV shows, too. The Addams Family theme song, The Twilight Zone theme song and The Munsters theme song are a small part of our Halloween sheet music collection. An obscure old movie reference that you might also be interested in is the Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. This song, composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, has been transcribed several times. Do you recognize where you’ve heard it before? If you guessed the opening sequence in Disney’s Fantasia released in 1940, you guessed right!