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Mama (family drama, starring Peggy Wood)

     (CBS Primetime, 1949 - 1957)

     [based upon a popular play called "I Remember Mama"]


Open Theme 1: "Sarabande" 2nd Mvt., from "The Holberg Suite (Op. 40)"

    [aka: "Saraband";

     Although another Grieg composition ("The Last Spring" from 
     "Two Elegaic Melodies", Op. 34 -- see below) is the more
     well-known THEME associated with this show, at least four
     published sources plus TV Theme expert Ray Clark verified 
     that Grieg's "Sarabande" was used as an OPENING THEME 
     during the first several seasons of the program;

     "The Holberg Suite" was written by the best-known Norwegian
     classical composer -- Edvard Grieg, who lived from 1943 to
     1907; A Sarabande is a traditional folk dance in triplet
     meter (3/4 in this case); Sarabande is the second movement 
     of this suite for string orchestra in five movements based
     upon Norwegian folk tunes]

     Arranger/Adapter:  Billy Nalle (ASCAP)

     Original Composer: Edvard Grieg (1843 - 1907)

     Original Publisher: C. F. Peters, Clayton F. Summy Co.,
                            of Chicago (U.S. Agents)

     1978 Publisher: T. B. Harms Co. New Account (ASCAP)

     1997 Publisher: Polygram International Publishing (ASCAP),
                        of Los Angeles, CA

     Copyright Date:
     Renewal   Date:

     Recordings:


Theme 2: "Mama" adapted from "Two Elegaic Melodies (Op. 34, No. 2)"

    [aka: "The Last Spring" by Grieg;
     aka: "Springtime (No. 2) from Grieg's 'Two Elegaic Melodies'";

     The theme music was called "Mama" and was arranged and 
     adapted by Billy Nalle, from a melody of classical Norwegian
     composer Edvard Grieg, from a piece for string orchestra which
     he called "Two Elegaic Melodies", Op. 34, No. 2 (1880 - 1881);

     This well-known melody has also been played and recorded
     separately under various translated titles including 
     "Springtime" and more famously, "The Last Spring";

     Later lyrics were added to the Nalle adaptation for "Mama" by 
     Joseph Darion (ASCAP) and Louis C. Singer (ASCAP)

     This piece was used as the CLOSING THEME during the show's
     run and some sources indicate it was also used for the 
     OPENING THEME after the first couple of seasons]

     Arranger/Adapter:  Billy Nalle (ASCAP)

     Original Composer: Edvard Grieg (1843 - 1907)

     Original Publisher: C. F. Peters, Clayton F. Summy Co.,
                            of Chicago (U.S. Agents)

     1978 Publisher: T. B. Harms Co. New Account (ASCAP)

     1997 Publisher: Polygram International Publishing (ASCAP),
                        of Los Angeles, CA

     Copyright Date:
     Renewal   Date:

     Recordings:
          LP: "Great Music Themes of Television" (1956)
               RCA-Victor LPM 1020
               Hugo Winterhalter and his Orchestra
     ReIssue:
         LP:  "Great Music Themes of Early Television" (1984)
               Franklin Mint-1 (re-issue of RCA LPM 1020)
               Hugo Winterhalter and his Orchestra
 

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