2013 Emmy Music Cheat Sheet

Emmys Music Cheat Sheet

A quick-hit look at the nominees, their pedigrees and some particulars

MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A SERIES

“Arrested Development”

David Schwartz

› Two previous noms

› Episode: “Flight of the Phoenix”

› Series’ signature Tahitian ukelele, jazzy themes return; rare score nod for a comedy

“The Borgias”

Trevor Morris (1)

› Two wins, two other noms

› Episode: “The Prince,” third-season finale

› Orchestra and choir set 15th-century tone

as Cesare lays siege to Forli, grows closer

to sister Lucrezia

“Downton Abbey”

John Lunn

› One win, one other nom

› Episode 6, “A Carnival”

› Warm, emotional music (strings, piano,

English horn) for Bates’ return, Tom’s decision

to remain at Downton

“House of Cards”

Jeff Beal (2)

› Three wins, eight other noms

› Pilot for Netflix contempo political drama

starring Kevin Spacey

› Strings and piano strike dark, edgy, sometimes

mysterious mood

“Last Resort”

Robert Duncan

› Two other noms

› Episode: “Captain”

› Orchestral drama with percussion samples

created by recording noises made inside

a submarine.

Mr. Selfridge

Charlie Mole

› First nom

› Episode 1, two-hour opener

› Lightly jazzy turn-of-the-century ambience

for brash American entrepreneur in London

MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR A MINISERIES, MOVIE OR SPECIAL

“The Girl”

Philip Miller

› First nom

› HBO feature about Alfred Hitchcock’s

inappropriate relationship with actress

Tippi Hedren

› Jazzy ’60s ambience, including sexy sax for

Hedren, moody strings for malevolent Hitch

“Mea Maxima Culpa:

Silence in the House of God”

Ivor Guest, Robert Logan

› First nom for each

› HBO documentary on child sex abuse by priests

› Guitar, cello and solo voice provide intimate

setting for harrowing doc

“Parade’s End”

Dirk Brosse

› First nom

› Finale of BBC-HBO World War I mini

› Piano, strings, solo trumpet strike elegiac chord for death, destruction and redemption

“Restless”

Lorne Balfe

› First nom

› Finale of Sundance Channel World War II

spy story

› Orchestral suspense for edge-of-seat,

nobody’s-safe saga set in 1941 and 1976

“Ring of Fire”

Anton Sanko

› First nom

› Lifetime biopic of country singer

June Carter Cash

› Country flavors (guitars, mandolin, dulcimer,

fiddle) mesh harmoniously with Carter &

Cash songs

“World Without End”

Mychael Danna (3)

› One previous nom

› “Medieval Life and Death,” from ReelzChannel

mini set in 14th-century England

› Period instruments, ominous choirs, Latin vocals

for early-classical style

MUSIC DIRECTION

“Christmas in Washington”

Ian Fraser (4), music director

› 11 wins, 20 other noms

› Annual TNT holiday special

› Orchestra, three choirs, plus Diana Ross,

Megan Hilty, Demi Lovato, Scotty McCreery, etc.

“The Kennedy Center Honors”

Rob Berman, Rob Mathes, music directors

› Six prior noms for Mathes, four prior for Berman

› Annual CBS celebration of nation’s top

artistic talent

› Blues, ballet, rock ’n’ roll all featured in this

year’s edition

“85th Annual Academy Awards”

William Ross, music director

› Three wins, one other nom

› ABC telecast of 85th annual Academy Awards

› Live orchestra during three-hour show

plus Adele, Streisand, Bassey, MacFarlane,

all singing live.

“Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel”

Rob Fisher, music director

› First nom

› “Live From Lincoln Center” telecast of 1945

musical

› Conducted N.Y. Philharmonic in concert staging

of R&H classic

“66th Annual Tony Awards”

Elliot Lawrence, music director

› Three wins, 14 other noms

› Annual CBS telecast of top Broadway honors

› Supervised and/or conducted excerpts from

“Once,” “Leap of Faith,” “Newsies,” “Nice Work

If You Can Get It”

MUSIC AND LYRICS

“The Neighbors”

Alan Menken (music), Glenn Slater (lyrics)

› First nom for each

› “More or Less the Kind of Thing You May or

May Not Possibly See on Broadway”

› Big, splashy, Broadway-style number sung by

Simon Templeman, Toks Olagundoye

“Smash”

Marc Shaiman (5) (music and lyrics),

Scott Wittman (lyrics)

› One win, eight other noms for Shaiman;

third nom for Wittman

› “Hang the Moon,” song in “The Parents” episode

› Bernadette Peters, as Marilyn Monroe’s

mom, sings with regret about her failures ,

as a mother

“Smash”

Andrew McMahon

› First nom

› “I Hear Your Voice in a Dream,” in “The Bells

and Whistles” episode

› Rock ballad sung by Jeremy Jordan as part

of show’s new musical “Hit List”

“30 Rock”

Jeff Richmond (music and lyrics), Tina Fey (lyrics), Tracey Wigfield (lyrics)

› Three wins, five other noms for Richmond;

seven wins, 16 other noms for Fey; one previous

nom for Wigfield

› “Rural Juror” from series finale

› Jane Krakowski sings tongue-twisting nonsense

lyrics in final Tracy Jordan show

“66th Annual Tony Awards”

Adam Schlesinger (lyrics), David Javerbaum (music)

› One win, one other nom for Schlesinger;

12 wins, six other noms for Javerbaum

› “If I Had Time” from last few minutes of

Tony show

› Neil Patrick Harris recaps winners and losers

in song while end credits roll.

MAIN TITLE THEME MUSIC

“The Americans”

Nathan W. Barr (6)

› First nom (of two this year)

› Soviet spies pose as married American couple

› Urgent celli with cimbalum colors for U.S.-Soviet

1980s imagery

“Copper”

Brian A. Keane (7)

› First nom

› Series about immigrant Irish cop in 1860s

New York

› Hard-edged rock guitar gives way to Irish flavors,

including fiddle and banjo

“Da Vinci’s Demons”

Bear McCreary

› One previous nom

› Starz series about the young Leonardo da Vinci

› Renaissance instruments play musical

palindrome, suggesting the artist’s mirror

writing

“Elementary”

Sean P. Callery (8)

› Three wins, nine other noms

› CBS series recasting Sherlock Holmes

and Watson in contempo NYC

› Classically styled theme for strings and

harpsichord for elaborate Rube Goldberg

contraption

“Hemlock Grove”

Nathan W. Barr (6)

› Second nom (of two this year)

› Supernatural mystery set in small

Pennsylvania town

› Melancholy, ominous cello-and-piano theme

set against weird, blood-red-tinted imagery

“House of Cards”

Jeff Beal (2)

› Three wins, eight other noms

› Political drama starring Kevin Spacey,

Robin Wright

› Distant trumpet over propulsive rhythm

as shadows overtake iconic Washington, D.C.,

buildings

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