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Classic ABC TV and Radio Themes

Album Summary

>Williams, Charles : Majestic Fanfare, for orchestra (ABC Radio News theme)
>Burgon, Geoffrey : Brideshead Revisited, theme from the television score
>Respighi, Ottorino : Ancient Airs and Dances Suite no 2
>Kats-Chernin, Elena : Russian Rag, for piano
>Ravel, Maurice : Quartet for Strings in F major
>Goodall, Howard : Psalm 23 (Theme from "The Vicar of Dibley" TV series), for chorus, strings & organ
>Turk, Rick : Gardening Australia, television series theme
>Ansell, Tony : Countrywide, television series theme
>Smeaton, Bruce : Patrol Boat, television series theme
>Maxwell, Robert : Four Corners
>Turk, Rick : Four Corners, television series theme
>Ansell, Tony : Lateline, television series theme
>Turk, Rick : Foreign Correspondent, television series theme
>Smith, Jeremy : 7
>Grabowsky, Paul : Phoenix, television series theme
>Rohde, Bryce : Windows of Arques, for piano & double bass (Jazztrack radio series theme)
>Turk, Rick : Geoffrey Robertson's Hypotheticals, television series theme
>Harle, John : Silencium
>Westlake, Nigel : Antarctica
>Burgon, Geoffrey : Nunc dimittis, for chorus, trumpet & organ
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : The Gadfly
>Smeaton, Bruce : Seven Little Australians, television series theme
>Sousa, John P. [Composer] : The Liberty Bell, march for band
>Hocking, Kevin : Holiday with Bill Peach, television series theme
>Osborne, Tony : Sunspot (Weekend Magazine series theme)
>Stoneham, Harry : Parkinson
>Best, Peter : Wildside, television series theme
>Botsford, George : Black and White Rag, two-step for band
>VonTilzer, Harry : I Want a Girl (Just Like the Girl that Married Dear Old Dad)
>Khachaturian, Aram : Spartacus
>Dreyfus, George : Rush, television series theme
>Schubert, Franz : Piano Quintet in A major, D667 "Trout"
>Pearson, Johnny : Piano Parchment (All Creatures Great and Small series theme)
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Morgenblätter, Op. 279
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Rondo for piano and orchestra in B flat major, WoO 6
>Stoller, Barry : Match of the Day, television series theme (a.k.a. "Offside")
>Fraser, Cecil : The Argonauts, radio series theme song
>German, Edward : Nell Gwyn Suite
>Richardson, Clive : Melody on the Move, for orchestra
>Ayling, Jenny : Mr. Squiggle, television series theme song
>Blyton, Carey : Bananas in Pyjamas, television series theme song
>Gambleton, Moyra : Play School, television series theme song
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in D major, RV 230
>Traditional, Jewish : Bulgar Frailach
>Chesworth, David : Sabat Jesus
>Dreyfus, George : Power Without Glory, television series theme
>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Te Deum, H.146
>Smeaton, Bruce : 1915, television series theme
>O'Boyle, Sean : Olympia Australis, theme for the 2000 Australian Olympics television broadcasts
>May, Brian : Up Country (Bellbird series theme)
>Hanmer, Ronald : Pastorale for orchestra
>Smeaton, Bruce : The Timeless Land, television series theme
>Ansell, Tony : ABC television news theme
>Kitney, Robert : Ice, Fire and Water (ABC station identification theme)
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>Williams, Charles : Majestic Fanfare, for orchestra (ABC Radio News theme)
  • Conductor: Stuart Challender
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1952

>Burgon, Geoffrey : Brideshead Revisited, theme from the television score
  • Conductor: José Serebrier
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1981

>Respighi, Ottorino : Ancient Airs and Dances Suite no 2 :: Bergamasca (Your Requests Theme)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Northey
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1924

>Kats-Chernin, Elena : Russian Rag, for piano
  • Conductor: David Stanhope
  • Ensemble: Sydney Alpha Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996

>Ravel, Maurice : Quartet for Strings in F major :: 2. Assex vif, trés rythmé (Books and Writing Theme)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1902-1903

>Goodall, Howard : Psalm 23 (Theme from "The Vicar of Dibley" TV series), for chorus, strings & organ
  • Performer: Jane Sheldon (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Stanhope
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1994

>Turk, Rick : Gardening Australia, television series theme
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1987

>Ansell, Tony : Countrywide, television series theme
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Peter Wall.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1979

>Smeaton, Bruce : Patrol Boat, television series theme
  • Conductor: Bruce Smeaton
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1979

>Maxwell, Robert : Four Corners :: The Lost Patrol, television episode theme
  • Conductor: Kevin Hocking
  • Ensemble: ABC Showband
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959

>Turk, Rick : Four Corners, television series theme
  • Performer: Rick Turk
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1982

>Ansell, Tony : Lateline, television series theme
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Peter Wall.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990

>Turk, Rick : Foreign Correspondent, television series theme
  • Performer: Rick Turk
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1991

>Smith, Jeremy : 7 :: 30 Report, television series theme
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1998

>Grabowsky, Paul : Phoenix, television series theme
  • Conductor: Paul Grabowsky
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992

>Rohde, Bryce : Windows of Arques, for piano & double bass (Jazztrack radio series theme)
  • Performer: Bryce Rohde (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1976

>Turk, Rick : Geoffrey Robertson's Hypotheticals, television series theme
  • Performer: Rick Turk
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986

>Harle, John : Silencium :: Songs of the Spirit
  • Performer: Jane Sheldon (Voice)
  • Conductor: David Stanhope
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997-1998

>Westlake, Nigel : Antarctica :: Penguin Ballet (Sunday Afternoon Theme)
  • Performer: Tim Kain (Guitar)
  • Conductor: David Porcelijn
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1992

>Burgon, Geoffrey : Nunc dimittis, for chorus, trumpet & organ
  • Performers: Jane Sheldon (Voice); Leanne Sullivan (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: David Stanhope
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1979

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : The Gadfly :: Romance (Reilly, Ace of Spies Theme)
  • Performer: Barbara Gilby (Violin)
  • Conductor: David Stanhope
  • Notes: Composition written: Soviet Union.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Smeaton, Bruce : Seven Little Australians, television series theme
  • Conductor: Bruce Smeaton
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1973

>Sousa, John P. [Composer] : The Liberty Bell, march for band
  • Conductor: Kevin Hocking
  • Ensemble: ABC Showband
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1893

>Hocking, Kevin : Holiday with Bill Peach, television series theme
  • Conductor: Kevin Hocking
  • Ensemble: ABC Showband
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Osborne, Tony : Sunspot (Weekend Magazine series theme)
  • Conductor: Kevin Hocking
  • Ensemble: ABC Showband
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1967

>Stoneham, Harry : Parkinson :: Michael's Theme
  • Conductor: Kevin Hocking
  • Ensemble: ABC Showband
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Best, Peter : Wildside, television series theme
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1997

>Botsford, George : Black and White Rag, two-step for band
  • Performer: Winifred Atwell (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1908

>VonTilzer, Harry : I Want a Girl (Just Like the Girl that Married Dear Old Dad)
  • Conductor: William Motzing
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1911

>Khachaturian, Aram : Spartacus :: Adagio of and Phrygia (The Onedin Line Theme)
  • Conductor: Patrick Thomas
  • Notes: Composition written: 1950-54.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1950-1954

>Dreyfus, George : Rush, television series theme
  • Conductor: George Dreyfus
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1974

>Schubert, Franz : Piano Quintet in A major, D667 "Trout" :: 5. Finale. Allegro giusto (Waiting for God Theme)
  • Performers: David Campbell (Double Bass); Jacqueline Cronin (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Seraphim Trio
  • Running Time: 6 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1819

>Pearson, Johnny : Piano Parchment (All Creatures Great and Small series theme)
  • Conductor: Kevin Hocking
  • Ensemble: ABC Showband
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1978

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Morgenblätter, Op. 279
  • Conductor: Vladimir Ponkin
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1868

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Rondo for piano and orchestra in B flat major, WoO 6 :: [Excerpt] (Music for Pleasure Theme)
  • Performer: Ian Munro (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Porcelijn
  • Running Time: 6 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1795

>Stoller, Barry : Match of the Day, television series theme (a.k.a. "Offside")
  • Conductor: Kevin Hocking
  • Ensemble: ABC Showband
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Written: 1970

>Fraser, Cecil : The Argonauts, radio series theme song
  • Performer: Harold Williams (Baritone)
  • Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>German, Edward : Nell Gwyn Suite :: Merrymakers' Dance (The Country Hour Theme)
  • Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1900

>Richardson, Clive : Melody on the Move, for orchestra
  • Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946

>Ayling, Jenny : Mr. Squiggle, television series theme song
  • Performers: Ian Bloxsom (Drums); Ian Bloxsom (Percussion); Tania Bowra (Guitar); Tania Bowra (Keyboards); Jo Dikkenberg (Voice); Angus Evans (Voice); Jessie Evans (Voice); Abby Robertson (Voice); Elise Robertson (Voice); Catharina Van Den Dikkenberg (Voice); Floyd Vincent (Guitar)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Geoff Ayling.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959

>Blyton, Carey : Bananas in Pyjamas, television series theme song
  • Performer: Monica Trapaga (Voice)
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1992

>Gambleton, Moyra : Play School, television series theme song
  • Performers: Jennifer Ludlum (Voice); Philip Quast (Voice)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1966

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in D major, RV 230 :: 3. Allegro (A Gondola on the Murray Theme)
  • Performer: Paul Wright (Violin)
  • Conductor: Paul Dyer
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1711

>Traditional, Jewish : Bulgar Frailach
  • Performers: Bob Paredes (Clarinet); Catherine Schieve (Accordion)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.

>Chesworth, David : Sabat Jesus :: To the Gods (New Music Australia Theme)
  • Performers: Wendy Couch (Percussion); Mary Dourmany (Harp); Ross Hazeldine (Keyboards); Simon Myers (Trombone); Hartley Newnham; Emma O'Brien; Chung Soong
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1990

>Dreyfus, George : Power Without Glory, television series theme
  • Conductor: William Motzing
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1976

>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Te Deum, H.146 :: Prelude (For the God Who Sings Theme)
  • Conductor: Benjamin Northey
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: ?1692

>Smeaton, Bruce : 1915, television series theme
  • Conductor: Bruce Smeaton
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1982

>O'Boyle, Sean : Olympia Australis, theme for the 2000 Australian Olympics television broadcasts
  • Conductor: Sean O'Boyle
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2000

>May, Brian : Up Country (Bellbird series theme)
  • Conductor: Brian May
  • Ensemble: ABC Showband
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1967

>Hanmer, Ronald : Pastorale for orchestra
  • Conductor: Ronald Hanmer
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Smeaton, Bruce : The Timeless Land, television series theme
  • Conductor: Kevin Hocking
  • Ensemble: ABC Showband
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1980

>Ansell, Tony : ABC television news theme
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Peter Wall.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1987

>Kitney, Robert : Ice, Fire and Water (ABC station identification theme)
  • Written: 2001