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The Guiding Light (soap opera)

     (CBS Daytime, 1952 - present)

     [aired on NBC Radio 1937 -1947;
        and on CBS Radio since 1947]

     [Some theme information after 1965 courtesy Soap Opera music
      expert David R. Jackson, who has several screen shots of the
      various "Guiding Light" openings over the years on his web page
      at http://lavender.fortunecity.com/indemnity/439/gl.html]


Theme 1 (1952 - 1967): Variations on "Romance", 2nd movement of
        the "Violin Concerto #2, in D Minor", Opus 22

    [ASCAP title: "Romance";
     aka: "Wieniawski's Romance"]

    [Both "Opening" and "Closing" THEMEs for the series are derived from
     "Romance", the 2nd movement of "Violin Concerto #2, in D Minor", 
     Opus 22 by the Silesian composer Henryk ("Henri") Wieniawski.
     "Romance" is sometimes performed in a chamber transcription by 
     a solo violinist accompanied by a pianist.

     Wieniawski began work on his 2nd Violin Concerto as early as
     1856, but its first performance didn't take place until 1862,
     and it wasn't published until 1870; John Gart's adaptation of
     the 2nd movement melody transforms the 12/8 flow of it into
     a more 4/4 conception, and "collapses" the melody so it can
     be rendered in a shorter period of time. Considerable liberties
     are taken but the derivation is clear.

     In studying the "Opening" as played by organist Gart on an 
     aircheck at the Museum of TV and radio in Beverly Hills, I find 
     that the melody he plays had many differences from the motif of
     the Wieniawski "Romance" upon which it is based, and which is 
     the more obvious derivation of the "Closing" THEME below.

     This makes the "Opening" sound like a different composition
     than the "Closing". However a careful analysis of motifs in
     the original Wieniawski melody shows that the Gart THEME is
     indeed derived from it too, despite much ornamentation and a
     rather loose and emotional (rubato) interpretation of tempo.
     In later years (as on the aircheck I heard) the opening was
     compressed into a very short few seconds, so the difference
     between the original melody was even more pronounced.

     This THEME was also used on CBS Radio beginning in 1947, when
     the soap changed networks in 1947.

     NOTE: An earlier THEME called "Aphrodite" [aka: "Aphrodite
     Waltz" by Anselm Goetzl was only heard on radio during the 
     NBC Radio years (1937 - 1947).]

     Original Composer: Henryk ("Henri") Wieniawski (not affiliated)

     Adapter: John Marion Gart (ASCAP)
       [as credited for the "Opening & Closing" in ASCAP below]

     Original Publisher: April Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
     1999 Publisher:  Aspenfair Music, Inc. (ASCAP)
                         c/o CBS, Inc. of
                         New York, NY

     Composition Dates: (1856 - 1862)

     Copyright Date:
     Recordings:


Theme 2 (1967 - 1969): "Guiding Light (Opening & Closing Theme)"

    [This THEME was composed for the first color season of the show.]

     Composer: John Marion Gart (ASCAP)

     1978 Publisher: Emil Ascher, Inc. (ASCAP)
     2001 Publisher: Emil Ascher, Inc. (ASCAP)
                        of New York, NY

     Copyright Date: May 26, 1969; Eu 121 503.
     Recordings:


Opening Theme 3 (1970 - 75): "La Lanterne / La Lumiere"

    [The "La Lumiere" title is a revision of the basic THEME
     called "La Lanterne" which it incorporates and later
     another THEME called "Rue d'Or". The titles refer to
     the show's visual opening logo of a lighthouse sending
     out its widening beam of light.]

     Composer: Charles F. Paul (ASCAP)

     1978 Publisher: Dore Music Company (ASCAP)
     2001 Publisher: Dore Music Company (ASCAP),
                        of New York, NY

     Copyright Date [of "La Lanterne"]: March 17, 1975; EU 563 527.

     Recordings:


Sub-Theme and Closing Theme 4 (1970 - 75): "Rue d'Or / La Lumiere"

    [Title as filed for copyright:
     "Rue d'Or (Sub-Theme for 'Guiding Light')"]

     This was originally a sub-theme used as a mid-program break theme,
     and then was incorporated into the End Credits medley "La Lumiere"
     used to Close the show]

     Composer: Charles F. Paul (ASCAP)

     1978 Publisher: Dore Music Company (ASCAP)
     2001 Publisher: Dore Music Company (ASCAP),
                        of New York, NY

     Copyright Date: Jan. 6, 1971; Eu 226 487.
     Recordings:


Theme 5 (1975 - 1982): "Ritournelle"

     Composers: Charles F. Paul (ASCAP); with
                Dina Dore Paul (BMI)

     1999 Publisher: Mi Voix Music (BMI), of
                        Washington, CT

     Copyright Date:
     Recordings:


Theme 6 (1982 - 83): "Guided Lightning (Theme)"

    [vocal title: "I Remember"]

     Composer: Jack Urbont (BMI)

     2001 Publisher: Projagam Music Company (BMI)
                        of New York, NY

     Composition Date: 1982
     Copyright Date:
     Recordings:


Theme 7 (1983 - 91): "My Guiding Light (Theme)"

    [aka: "The Guiding Light Theme"]

     Composer: Robert Perry ("Rob") Mounsey (ASCAP)

     2001 Publisher: Fountain Square Music Publishing Co., Inc. (ASCAP)
                        c/o Signature Sound, Inc.
                        of New York, NY
     Copyright Date:
     Recordings:


Theme 8 (1991 - present): "Hold On To Love"

     Composers: Robert Perry ("Rob") Mounsey (ASCAP), and
                Michael Dalton (BMI); with
                lyrics by David Bushkin and
                Abra Bigham

     2001 Publisher: Riverfront Music Publishing Co. (BMI)
                        c/o Signature Sound, Inc.
                        of New York, NY
     Copyright Date:
     Recordings:



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