He was a composer and conductor born in Bucharest,
Romania. He went to Paris
in the 1940s to study conducting with Jean Fournet and composition with
Olivier Messiaen, Arthur Honegger and Nadia Boulanger. In the 1960s and 1970s he was known in
Europe as avant-garde and wrote "musique concrete", jazz influenced works and
improvisational pieces. He founded
the ensemble Ars Nova in 1963 and conducted them until
1971. His compositions include 24
Preludes for Orchestra which was premiered by Leonard Bernstein and the
French National Orchestra, the ballets Cyrano
de Bergerac, Paradise Lost
and Candide, 3 Portraits for piano and cello, "Gavotte" for guitar,
"Alleluias" for Trumpet and Organ, "Harpalyce"
for Harp and Tragedie de Carmen and Le Souper for Voice. As a television composer he is most
famous, but never credited, for "Etrange No.
3" and "Milieu No. 2" which became the theme song for the
series The Twilight Zone. He died in Paris
from a brain disease in 2004 when he was 79 years old.
The Manhattan Transfer Recordings
Zone/Twilight Tone (Marius Constant/Jay Graydon/Alan