Ken Burns is probably the best known documentary filmmaker in existence. His films, including “The Civil War”, “Baseball”, “Lewis and Clark”, have forever changed the way documentaries are made. Although Burns usually uses historical music in his films, I was honored to be asked to create original music for the trailer for his upcoming series “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” a 14-hour film that debuted Sept. 14 on PBS.
It was a bit tricky composing music that was intended to be “powerful and energetic”, yet without a melody that would interfere with the narrator (Peter Coyote). Thankfully, PBS was very pleased with the final music score. To see the Roosevelt trailer (recorded with live musicians), or hear just the music track, click here.