A&E's Death of a Dream/Legend Lives on


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Can anyone tell me what beautiful music is played during the introduction to the A&E documentary "Titanic Death of a Dream" and the music that is played during Col. Gracie's description of life on board the Titanic. They are instrumental pieces that give me goosebumps every time I hear them. Any information would be very much appreciated.
 
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Greetings,
I'm not sure of the piece of music. In the credits it says music by Michael L. Stone. I work in radio production and the opening music after the piece you are referring to, sounds like a piece of music from a production library called "Killer Tracks". Whether this piece of music comes from the same library, I don't know. Hopefully someone else may know a little more about it. Good luck, I like that particular piece of music as well.
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Dave McCann
 
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Bob Cruise

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Don't know if this helps BUT:

As far as the music during Colonel Gracie's recollection goes (that peppy clarinet solo I'm assuming?), the same song is used as background music at one point in the 1961 Francois Truffaut film "Jules and Jim" (the story begins just prior to the First World War).

My guess is that, because Truffaut used it to enhance the film's pre-war Parisian mood, it was some sort of popular French ditty.

I'm sure it's available somewhere on a recording.

Try asking a Frenchman/woman. It might the Gallic equivalent of "Oh You Beautiful Doll!"
 
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Thanks Bob and David. I'll see if that gives any clues to the music's names. If anybody else can help please feel free to submit your ideas as I really want to find the names of these great classical selections that have eluded me since Death of a Dream came out about 6 or 7 years ago.
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Hi:

For back-reference, you might also want to check out


We had a fairly excruciating time trying to identify that one until Betty Greitzer leapt in with the sensible observation that the music wasn't generally classical pieces at all, just "in the style of".

Cheers,
John Feeney
 
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John-

Thanks for the info. The pieces I am referring to are during Death of a Dream around the part where the Titanic arrives in Cherbourg, I think. It is also used during the introduction before the series. It sounds classical and I have heard it also on a "Wendys" commerical a few months back. There is also another excellent piece playing as Col. Gracie explains life on board the Titanic. If you can help me with these please do.
 
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Bob Cruise

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You must keep in mind that much of the popular music of the period sounds "classical" or even tends towards "operatta" (this was, after all, after Gilbert and Sullivan had made their mark). Thus, you may have more luck finding what you want in the category of 1910-pop. (Even early ragtime pieces were played somewhat conservatively, since the music form was so new.)

May I suggest for your listening pleasure the following CD: "Titanic: Music as Heard on the at Fateful Night", featuring Ian Whitcomb and the White Star Orchestra, available from Rhino Records on the internet.

It contains many, many popular songs of the day, played just as one might have heard them played on the ship (strictly as background/mood music). At least a few have that "near-classical" sound, yet, surprisingly, came from a hit Broadway or British music hall show.

There's also another CD which may be harder to find but here it is: "Music from the Titanic: 21 Authentic Songs From the Epic Journey". This CD has an almost identical song roster as the previously-mentioned CD, only this time around the music is accompanied by voices singing the lyrics (apparently verboten on Titanic).

All I can say is: in the era before Freud, some of those lyrics...
 

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I just watched this documentary for the first time tonight and I'm very impressed. Very thorough. Now, I would like to get my own copy, which I will do as soon as possible.


BTW, I finally got to see what George Behe looks like
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Tracy. I have seen it on E-bay very reasonably now. (like 10.00) Did you see the 4 set tape, or the single version? I heard the single tape has parts clipped to make it fit, but the 4 tape set I paid 75.00 for originally. I can say that Behe hasn't changed a bit all these years!
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Hi, Tracy:

If you haven't already struck a deal, you might want to check Barnes and Noble or some of the discounters (like Hamiltonbooks.com). B&N had the 4-tape version on their store shelves last Xmas for $7.99. (I got one for Mom.) And I've seen it around since for about that same price still.

(Ain't that George a handsome lad?) ;^)

Cheers,
John
 

Dave Hudson

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McKinley,

"It is also used during the introduction before the series. It sounds classical and I have heard it also on a 'Wendys' commerical a few months back."

Ha! I heard it on a Saturn commercial a year or two ago. That song sure gets around.

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I love that opening music!!!! For the last few days, it's been running around in my head!

And is there any way you can strike a sweet deal on getting the A&E series on DVD? I have the original tapes, but seeing as how I am now the proud owner of a DVD player, I think it's about time to upgrade.
 
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Tracy,

I think George's interviews in that documentary are some of the most poignant in the whole series. I was lucky and taped the show in two parts back when it first came to A&E in 1994.

Randy
 
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Hello Randy:

Aside from George, the interviews (The Legend lives On, closing segments) with Paul Henri Nargeolet ae powerfully touching...

"Everytime we return to the wreck we pay homage to the victims of this tragedy"

The emotional impact of the wreck itself is very apparant in his face and voice.

Michael Cundiff
 
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Michael,

I would add that Michel Navratil's memories of saying goodbye to his father are extremely moving and Ruth Blanchard's recounting the cries of the drowning are very touching. Also Eva Hart, in her proper regal voice, telling of the "terrible silence" following the cries and her childhood impression that "the world was standing still" is very affecting.

It is definitely, in my opinion, the best documentary on Titanic.

Randy
 
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It was the BEST 75.00 I spent on a set of videos.(Even though #3 was blank and I had to rush it back and get a replacement set!)All the survivors recollections, as well as the historians, brought me to tears several times. Now that the price has come down so much, I believe I will buy another set to put back. I must have watched this one 1000 times
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Hello,

Not to get off the subject, but does anyone own the video set Titanic: The Mystery and the Legacy? It's a set of five videos. Mine seem to be of poor quality, the picture isn't very good, and the sound quality is just awful. I was wondering if anyone else has them, and if there's is as bad as mine. The videos themselves and their content are terrific, it's just the quality that stinks!


Cheers,
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-B.W.
 
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I have had that set of A&E videos forever almost, and had no idea that our George Behe was the George Behe in the video until a few weeks ago when I was going through Titanic withdrawl (I couldn't sleep) and popped them in the VCR. I just about fell out when I realized, Hey! I KNOW that guy! Guess I am just a wee dense now and again.

I have a 4 tape set that is a collectors edition called the "Titanic Collection".
It has "Echoes of Titanic, Titanic: End of an Era, Titanic Remembered, and The Captian of the Titanic".
I don't think I've seen "Mystery and Legacy" yet.
Is it not worth buying Brandon?

Cheerio and Happy New Year to all!

Beverly
 

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