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06 September 2013

Cue of the Week: “Catherine’s Theme”

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George Adams’ documentary Touché: A Blind Fencer’s Story tells the extraordinary story of Catherine Bolton, a woman who after losing most of her vision in adulthood, became a champion blindfolded fencer.

Music for a documentary has to walk a line between romanticism and respect for its subject matter; after all, the “characters” are real people who don’t need to be defined or emotionally authenticated by music. Nonetheless I felt that it was appropriate to compose a leitmotif for Catherine, which recurs throughout the film. Instead of varying the theme musically, I changed its instrumentation to reflect the mood of the moment. This solo piano version takes on a reflective but optimistic tone.

(Click on the play button to stream, or the cue title to download.)

Catherine’s Theme

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