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 Post Posted: Thu Sep 14, 2006 3:03 pm 
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When I remember falling in love with Monty Python, the two things that stand out are the animation and the music. I have spent the last 20 years or so wondering who, what, and where the incidental music is from.

So I have restarted my quest. My mission: compile every piece of incidental music in Monty Python's Flying Circus, with the name of the work, the author, and where applicable, the orchestra that plays.

Quite an undertaking, I suppose. Fortunately, the majority of the music is not so obscure, and it shouldn't take long...

...you wouldn't happen to know of a list of music already in existence?

And any people willing to help will be appropriately credited!

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what exactly do you mean by "incidental music"?

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I suppose he means the music played in the background. Isn't that called incidental music? As in:

"Is there someone at the door?"

"No ... It's just the incidental music for this scene."

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It's a noble effort to compile all the music.
The CD inserts may offer some clues and my suspicion is that
the rest of the information may be very difficult to research.
Nobody knew in 1969-1973 that Python would become
what it is now -- remember, even many minor walk-on
acting appearances were not identified by name in the scripts.

For years I've had a slightly-related question
from Fawlty Towers: In the episode with the deaf lady
(Communication Problems was the title I think)
Basil turns on the radio too loudly while Manual protects his ears.
What song was playing? It was a sort of jazz or big band tune,
and was heard for 1 to 2 seconds. The music didn't sound like
it was patched in after filming, but of course that's just a guess.


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 Post subject: Re: Incidental Music Used In The Series
 Post Posted: Fri Sep 15, 2006 7:42 pm 
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Mr. Smoke-Too-Much wrote:
When I remember falling in love with Monty Python, the two things that stand out are the animation and the music. I have spent the last 20 years or so wondering who, what, and where the incidental music is from.

So I have restarted my quest. My mission: compile every piece of incidental music in Monty Python's Flying Circus, with the name of the work, the author, and where applicable, the orchestra that plays.

Quite an undertaking, I suppose. Fortunately, the majority of the music is not so obscure, and it shouldn't take long...

...you wouldn't happen to know of a list of music already in existence?

And any people willing to help will be appropriately credited!


As the BBC created and repeatedly used their own sound effects LP's maybe they use something similar for musical interludes too. Just an idea, but it might be a starting point.


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Dennis, by incidental music I mean that which was played during the show and can be identified by the sketch during which it was played.

I have been slowly tracking down the De Wolfe library, which provided much of the original music for the show. I'm also aware of a number of orchestral pieces like Tschaikovsky's "Piano Concerto 1" and "Dance Of The Sugar Plums"... etc.

I suppose the best way of starting is to watch the entire series again, and list sketches that have music, and search that way. That way I can reference the part of the episode, and even record a bit into an mp3 file that people can ponder...

Honestly, I'm hoping to discover a pre-exisiting list, so I can get to the business of collecting the music. And then ... the Multi-CD Boxset!

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