1996 (US), 1995 (UK)
A friend writes: "Oliver's Travels" is full of laughs and chuckles, and also, for me, one great belly laugh... evoked by the background music, which is a good trick! When Oliver and Diane arrive at the Baron's castle door and the colorful, 1960's-bedecked ageing flower child, the XIIIth Baron [Miles Anderson], comes on screen, we are treated to a tongue-in-cheek rendition of Bob Dylan's 'Don't Think Twice, It's All Right.' It comes up slowly, and in an arrangement totally unlike Dylan, and when I realized what it was...!
"I believe I found in the Bach Concerto for Flute and
Strings in G major, H. 445, allegro di molto, a hint of the "Aristotle"
theme from "Oliver's Travels" that occurs when Oliver
is in the burnt-out cottage, and again in the last episode, at
the cemetery and in Aristotle's house. There is also not quite
so big a hint in Sonata in G major for flute and continuo (H.
564), allegretto. I'd say they are reminiscent of the film theme,
with big pieces more or less intact, but with start and finish
details quite different.
From another "Oliver's Travels" fan:
"I found it strange that the credits of "Oliver's Travels" did not have anything more than Carl Davis and the saxophone player. The main theme is obviously an arrangement of Dave Brubeck's Take Five.
"Browsing through the newsgroups at deja.com, I've found a number of people with
clues to other pieces used in the series, such as Scottish melodies,
etc. I've found that an
"Then there is this:
'A traditional Scottish folksong: "The Water is Wide".
It is one of those which has a first-class tune, and attracts
what are termed "floaters" - disconnected verses which
come from all over the place. I recall it from when I was folk-singing
in England in the 'sixties. According to my notes it goes (in
"Of course, the above is only what I've come across through newsgroup searches so I can't verify any of it."
The Beethoven piano sonata heard when Oliver and Diane are approaching Kirkleven, and finally performed "live" by Baxter, is the "Apassionata." Bill Paterson (Baxter), who trained as a concert pianist, played it himself. |||