Joe Harnell - Santa Barbara: A Musical Portrait (CD)

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Release Date: 09/23/22

Dragon's Domain presents SANTA BARBARA: A MUSICAL PORTRAIT, featuring music by Joe Harnell for the NBC daytime television show from 1984 through 1993.

SANTA BARBARA's storyline followed the lives of several prominent families at odds with one another, set in the Southern California mission town of Santa Barbara. One of the show's interesting angles was centering one of its major plots around the murder of a prominent citizen, with various characters being accused of the crime, allowing for an ongoing plot thread around and through which many other subplots would intersect across the nine-year arc of the story. The serial became quite popular, winning 24 Daytime Emmy Awards, 18 Soap Opera Digest Awards, and was broadcast in more than 40 countries around the world.

Harnell scored a main title theme and approximately four hours of music to give SANTA BARBARA's music editors plenty of material to cover the serial's hoped-for duration. He conceived, composed, and orchestrated a wide-ranging musical landscape that could be used for the kinds of situations the producers expected scripts to demand. The music was then recorded by a 40-piece orchestra with emphasis on rhythm section, with Joe himself playing the keyboards. Before the series premiered, however, the producer who hired Joe left and was replaced by a number of new producers; as happens in Hollywood, these new producers wanted to bring in their own people, so Harnell's entire music library was tossed out and a team of new composers were brought in to write and record their own music library. With one exception: the executive producers loved Joe's main title theme and insisted it be used as the main title music throughout the serial's duration.

Label: BSX Records, Inc.
Genre: Soundtrack
Language: English
Run Time: 1 mins

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