Battlestar Galactica: Season Three [Original Television Soundtrack]

Battlestar Galactica: Season Three [Original Television Soundtrack]

by Bear McCreary


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Starting in 2004, composer Bear McCreary broke the mold with his background music for the Sci Fi cable-TV channel's series Battlestar Galactica (not to be confused with the original series of the same name that ran on network television from 1978 to 1980, or the 2003 mini-series also called Battlestar Galactica). For McCreary, space was not to be the musical setting for sweeping symphonic themes, as it had been for his many predecessors. McCreary's space music was akin to world music, full of various contemporary ethnic styles and, more than anything else, drums. That's the sound heard especially on the soundtrack album for the first season and, to a lesser extent, the second season's CD as well. This time around, however, McCreary clearly states in his liner notes that he was making a virtue of necessity; if he didn't write symphonic pieces, it was because the producers "didn't want an orchestral score cluttering up their series," and, presumably, because they didn't want to pay the freight: "My approach bordering on minimalism, I set out scoring the first season with a small ensemble of ethnic percussion and woodwinds." Everything is different now. This third-season soundtrack credits 46 string players, along with nine other musicians. McCreary still loves drums, and he has a noticeable affinity for Indian music that is apparent immediately in the leadoff track, "A Distant Sadness" (which also features Raya Yarbrough singing lyrics in Armenian), as well as a taste for Celtic sounds that leads him to use uilleann pipes on several cues. But for the first time, music from the TV series takes a more conventional orchestral approach, and McCreary even plays a solo piano piece, "Battlestar Sonatica." Executive producer Ronald D. Moore contributes an extensive justification in his liner notes for the use of the Bob Dylan song "All Along the Watchtower" (with a sort of hard rock/Indian arrangement and vocals by BT4), a selection apparently not in keeping with the show's science-fiction setting. But it's hard to see why anyone would object; suspended disbelief has been a part of a musical appreciation of the series from the start.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/23/2007
Label: La-La Land Records
UPC: 0826924106228
catalogNumber: 1062
Rank: 36426

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Performance Credits

Bear McCreary   Primary Artist,Piano,Accordion,Conductor,Harmonium
John Avila   Electric Bass
Steve Bartek   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Paul Cartwright   Violin,Electric Violin
Carole Castillo   Viola
Kirstin Fife   Violin
Juliann French   Violin
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Maurice Grants   Cello
Peter Kent   Violin
Gina Kronstadt   Violin
Maria Newman   Viola
Vladimir Polimatidi   Violin
Bart Samolis   Double Bass
David Stenske   Viola
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Francine Walsh   Violin
John Wittenberg   Violin
Margaret Wooten   Violin
Shari Zippert   Violin
Eric Rigler   uillean pipes
Susan Chatman   Violin
Norm Hughes   Violin
Peggy Baldwin   Cello
Adriana Zoppo   Violin
Rudy Stein   Cello
Chris Bleth   Wind Instruments
Nate Wood   Drums
Laurence Greenfield   Violin
Lynn Grants   Viola
Cameron Patrick   Violin
Kathleen Robertson   Violin
Christine E. Frank   Violin
Sharon Jackson   Violin
Briana Bandy   Viola
Caroline Buckman   Viola
Scott Hosfeld   Viola
Jessica van Velzen   Violin
Martin J. St. Pierre   Erhu
Laura McLean   Violin
Raya Yarbrough   Vocals
Jacob Szekely   Cello
Giovanna Moraga Clayton   Cello
Karen Elane   Viola
Laura Griffiths   French Horn
Jodie Bevers   Violin
Martin St. Pierre   Erhu
Robbie Anderson   Violin
David Morrisey   Cello
Marium Mayer   Viola
Kirsten Fife   Violin
Christine Frank   Violin
Julie Rodgers   Violin
Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick   Cello
Rudi Stein   Cello
Todd Marda   Viola
Bt4   Vocals
Vanessa Freebairn-Smith   Cello
Sarah O'Brien   Cello
Erika Walczak   Violin
Bt4   Vocals
M.B. Gordy   Percussion

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer,Text
Mark Banning   Art Direction
Steve Kaplan   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Michael V. Gerhard   Executive Producer
Matt Verboys   Executive Producer
Bear McCreary   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Brendan McCreary   Scoring Assistant
Ronald D. Moore   Liner Notes

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