Alexander Courage, Dolorous Theme, “The Waltons”

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Season 5, # 8 “The Wedding”, Part 2 (November 4, 1976)


The Waltons marked a departure from Hollywood’s deprecation of Southern culture, customary since the advent of movie sound.

Contrary to the Lil’ Abner/Jubilation T. Cornpone approach, Alexander Courage’s vastly underappreciated treatment of musical themes are of unknown, literal authenticity.

The approach in this piece seems a combination of Cecil Sharp and Frederick Delius.