Scoring Downton Abbey

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Last weekend, British period drama Downton Abbey earned a Golden Globe for best television mini-series. Viewers have responded to the World War I-era costumes, the characters, and – the music. Today: composer John Lunn discusses scoring the popular soap opera. Plus: The French electronic duo AIR talks about their new record -- inspired by the classic silent film Le Voyage Dans La Lune. And: a trio of new releases in our Pick Three feature.

The Music of Downton Abbey

PBS has a hit on its hands with the British import “Downton Abbey.” Set at the start of World War I, the drama’s Jan. 8 season premiere doubled the average prime time audience for the network. We discuss why the former colonies seem to love a soap opera about the Earl of Grantham, his family and his servants with John Lunn, who composed the show’s iconic theme music.

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Pick Three: Julia Figueras

We continue our Pick Three series with Julia Figueras, music director and afternoon host at WXXI Classical 91.5 in Rochester, N.Y.


AIR's Trip to the Moon

The French electronic duo AIR recently composed a new soundtrack for a restored version of the 1902 short film “Le Voyage Dans La Lune” (“A Trip to the Moon”) by pioneering filmmaker Georges Melies. Now, AIR’s new album of the same name expands on that project. They join us to talk about it.

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Gig Alert: Jonathan Wilson

Roots rock vet Jonathan Wilson performs at Mercury Lounge on Thursday night. Download his hazy lead single "Desert Raven."


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