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 Omnibus (fine arts, with host Alistair Cooke)

     (CBS Sunday afternoons, 1952 - 1956;
      ABC Sunday afternoons, 1956 - 1957;
      NBC Sunday afternoons, 1957 - 1959)

    [later revived as infrequent specials on NBC 1960 - 61;
     and then a revival was attempted on ABC in 1980.]


Open Theme 1 (CBS, 1952): The Summer Fairy (No. 13), from Act I of the "Cinderella" Ballet, aka:"Cendrillon" (Op. 87)

    [Theme Credit as per a 2/19/54 article in TV Guide - this is a
     pastoral woodwind passage scored for English Horn. Thanks to
     contributor Steve Bell for identifying from which section of
     the ballet it was taken. He writes, "It is from the end of 
     Act I of 'Cinderella.' It's the last few bars of a short solo
     variation ... (one of four seasonal variations danced in the
     ballet by four fairies attending Cinderella's Fairy Godmother, 
     before they send Cinderella off to the ball)..."]

     Composer: Sergei Prokofiev (predates ASCAP & BMI)

     Original Publisher: V.A.A.P. [in the Soviet Union], and
                         G. Schirmer, Inc. (ASCAP) [in the U.S.]

     1998 Publisher: G. Schirmer, Inc. (ASCAP)

     Composition Date: 1941

     U.S. Copyright Date:
     U.S. Renewal   Date:

     Recording:
          LP:  


Interlude Theme 2 (CBS, 1952): "Gateway To the West"

    [verified via TV aircheck of first Omnibus show, at The Museum 
     of Television and Radio in Beverly Hills. Although this tune
     is more or less "bridge" music between the end of program 
     segments and commercials, it was used frequently enough
     so that it became associated as a regular THEME for the CBS
     series over the four years 1952 - 56.]

     Composer: Robert Farnon (British PRS/ASCAP)

     Original 1950 Publisher: Chappell & Co., Ltd., London (British PRS)
     
     1978 Publisher: Chappell & Co. Inc. (ASCAP)
     
     1998 Publisher: Jim Long Companies, Inc., Music Div. (ASCAP) of
                     Carrollton, TX
                                       
     U.S. Copyright Date: Feb. 7, 1950; EFO 1880.
     
     Recording:
          LP: "Gateway to the West"
               Robert Farnon and his orchestra
               MGM E/SE-3804 (1961)

          LP RE-ISSUED AS: "Portrait of the West"
               Robert Farnon and his orchestra
               Polydor 2310 232 SUPER (1963)

          CD: "British Light Music/Robert Farnon"
               Czecho-Slovak Radio Orchestra, cond. by Adrian Leaper
               Marco Polo 8 223401 (1991)


Closing Credits Theme 2 (CBS, 1952): The Epilogue, from "The Age Of Anxiety"
           (Symphony No. 2 For Piano And Orchestra)

    [aka: "Symphony No. 2, Pt. 2 - Epilogue";

     A piece called "Epilog" was listed as the Omnibus close theme 
     in a TV Guide article on themes published Feb. 19, 1954; Although 
     the composer was not identified, and was thought to have been
     Ralph Vaughan-Williams who often used that title in Symphonies,
     contributor Steve Bell was kind enough to solve the long-standing
     mystery by verify that the "Omnibus" End Credits music was from
     Bernstein's programmatic Symphony No. 2, sub-titled "The Age of
     Anxiety" after a W. H. Auden poem -- which includes a piano with 
     the orchestra. "The Epilogue" is the final section of "Part Two" 
     of Bernstein's two-part Symphony, which was composed between 
     conducting assignments in New York and Israel in 1948 and 1949]

     Composer: Leonard Bernstein (ASCAP)

     1978 Publishers: Amberson Enterprises, Inc. (ASCAP) and
                      G. Schirmer, Inc. (ASCAP)

     2003 Publisher: The Leonard Bernstein Music Company, LLC (ASCAP)
                        c/o Universal Music Publishing Group
                        div. of Universal Studios, Inc.
                        of Los Angeles, CA

     Composition Date: 1948 - 1949

     Published Copyright Date: Apr. 28, 1960; EP 140 387.
     Published Renewal   Date: Feb. 11, 1988; RE-376-108.

     Recording:
          LP: Symphony No. 2 "The Age of Anxiety" (1950)
              New York Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted
                 by Leonard Bernstein


Theme 4 (CBS, 1954): "Toward a Bright Day" -- (First movement "Reel")

    [aka: "The Lyrical Reel"...which was the composer's name for 
     this melody; The original THEME piece was commissioned by 
     The Ford Foundation in 1954 for use on the CBS Omnibus, and 
     was recorded under the baton of conductor Lehman Engel;

     Wm. Lichtenwanger writes in his book "The Music of Henry
     Cowell" that the composer also re-used the same melody 
     in his Guatemalan fantasy "Chiaroscuro" (no. 892) in 1961]

     Composer: Henry Cowell (ASCAP/BMI)

     Original Publisher: [unknown]

     1998 Publisher:  [may be G.F. Peters or 
                       Associated Music Publishers/G. Schirmer -- 
                       currently under investigation]

     Publisher (of "Chiaroscuro", 1961): Associated Music Publishers/
                       G. Schirmer, Inc. (ASCAP)
                       of New York, NY

     Composition Date: December, 1954 [according to reference above]

     Copyright Date:
     Renewal   Date:

     Recording:
          LP:


Theme 5: "Omnibus Fanfare"

    [I might be mistaken, but I seem to remember this was a solo
     piece for Bach trumpet, reminiscent of Reiche's Fanfare
     "Albason" which is the THEME used on "CBS Sunday Morning".]

     Composer: Hershy Kay (ASCAP)

     1978 Publisher: [listed without Publisher]

     1998 Publisher: [listed without Publisher]

     Copyright Date:
     Renewal   Date:

     Recording:


Theme 6 (ABC, 1956 - 1957): "ABC Omnibus Theme"

     Composers: Tamara L. Kline (ASCAP), and
                Richard ("Dick") Lavsky (ASCAP)

     1978 Publishers: [not listed]

     2000 Publishers: American Broadcasting Music, INC. (ASCAP),
                         of New York, NY; and
                      Music House Publishing Co. (ASCAP),
                         of New York, NY
  
     Copyright Date:
     Renewal   Date:

     Recording:


Theme 7 (ABC, 1980): "Omnibus Theme (from the TV show Omibus)"

     Composer: Marvin Hamlisch (ASCAP)

     1980 Publishers: Chappell & Company, Inc. (ASCAP),
                      Welbeck Music Corporation, and
                      Red Bullet Music.

     1998 Publishers: Chappell & Co. Inc. (ASCAP),
                      Famous Music Corporation (ASCAP), and
                      EMI/April Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

     Copyright Date: June 9, 1980; PAu-205-838.
     Renewal   Date:

     Recording:

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