It’s rare that a dramatic score for a television series becomes a full partner in the storytelling process. That’s one of the reasons I have so enjoyed Anne Dudley’s music for Poldark, the period drama currently playing on PBS’s Masterpiece series (which has already become a sensation in the UK after the BBC aired it earlier this year). Dudley, who was also responsible for the delightful music for another British TV classic, Jeeves & Wooster, talked with me about the Cornish folk-music roots of her score for Poldark — and why the violin plays such a key role.
My friends at Emmy magazine asked me to profile three composers, all potential Emmy nominees for their scores for TV series in the 2012-13 season. Here’s the piece about John Lunn, who scores PBS’s Downton Abbey. I also wrote about Christopher Lennertz of NBC’s Revolution and Ramin Djawadi for HBO’s Game of Thrones. Will try to post those shortly.