*Read John Williams’ biography here
Land of the Giants
I couldn’t do a series on John Williams’ work without acknowledging his TV scores. Land of the Giants was a one hour long television series that lasted two seasons over 1968-1970. Created and produced by Irwin Allen, this science fiction show starred Gary Conway.
Along the lines of Gulliver’s Travels but in space, the series followed the adventures of the seven crew and passengers of a commercial rocket ship that unexpectedly enters a space warp while travelling from New York to London and finds itself on an Earth-like planet in the future (1983!) where everything mirrors Earth but at twelve times the size.
John Williams composed the music for Irwin Allen’s previous series Lost in Space and The Time Tunnel. In addition to the theme for The Land of Giants Williams’ also scored the pilot episode. As for his previous work on Lost in Space Williams’ composed a new theme for each series.
The two themes are quite different and commentary seems quite split about them. Overall it would seem the second theme is considered the better of the two, however I much prefer the first. I really like the brass motif (a series of descending notes) in the first series theme – I find it quite catchy.
The two themes are below. Which is your favourite?