The Tillman Story

The Tillman Story

by Philip Sheppard



Composer Philip Sheppard's score for the documentary The Tillman Story, directed by Amir Bar-Lev, is necessarily solemn. The film chronicles the life of Pat Tillman, a professional football player who enlisted in the military in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks and was sent to Afghanistan, where he was killed by friendly fire. The circumstances of his death were the subject of an alleged cover-up, so this is a complicated story mixing sports, fame, patriotism, tragedy, and deceit. Sheppard addresses these elements with slow-moving orchestral string parts usually supporting single-note keyboard passages. The cues are short, with 32 of them occupying a soundtrack album of 51 minutes. Understandably, the track called "The Wedding" is a bit livelier. "The Afghan" introduces an appropriately Eastern tonality. If there is, throughout, the sense that something is missing, this is a deliberate choice on the part of the composer, who explains that, in order to mirror the censored documents shown onscreen, documents requested by Tillman's survivors in an attempt to discover what really happened to him, the music too "redacts" parts of melodies that were written, but not fully played. This composition-by-omission also has the effect of complementing the overall theme of the film, which is an account of a person who is no longer present.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/02/2010
Label: Lakeshore Records
UPC: 0780163419726
catalogNumber: 34197

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Philip Sheppard   Primary Artist,Cello,Conductor,Electric Cello
Janice Graham   Violin
Pauline Lowbury   Violin
Lynda Houghton   Double Bass
Stephen Williams   Double Bass
Warren Zielinski   Violin
Malcolm Johnston   Viola
Thomas Kemp   Violin
Nick Barr   Viola
Adrian Bradbury   Cello
Charles Mutter   Violin
Natalia Bonner   Violin
Helen Paterson   Violin
Maxine Moore   Viola
Belinda Mikhaïl   Piano
Helen Cox   Violin
David le Page   Violin
Deirdre Cooper   Cello
Caroline Dearnley   Cello
Jonathan Evans-Jones   Violin
Richard Harwood   Cello
Alison Dods   Violin
Julia Knight   Viola
Dominic Worsley   Double Bass
David Geoghegan   Trumpet
Jonathan Morton   Violin

Technical Credits

Richard Glasser   Executive Soundtrack Producer
John Bergin   Art Direction
Jake Jackson   Engineer
Skip Williamson   Executive Producer
Philip Sheppard   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Brian McNelis   Executive Producer
Roberto Borzoni   Producer

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