Magazine article Variety

ABC's Soler Earns Chorus of Praise

Magazine article Variety

ABC's Soler Earns Chorus of Praise

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Composer Fil Eisler is facing 47 musicians on a Saturday morning on the Warner Bros, recording stage, conducting his music for the tumultuous third-season finale of ABC's "Revenge."

"More drama," he urges from the string players. "Brass, think of 'Vertigo,' " he says, referring to Bernard Herrmann's classic Hitchcock score, and the sound Eisler elicits has more than a hint of Herrmann's dreamy darkness.

He makes a special point of thanking the orchestra for three seasons of work, and ABC itself for its support for live musicians - an acknowledgement that rarely occurs in the hustle and heat of a four-hour session

Afterward, Eisler singles out ABC senior VP Dawn Soler, who runs the network's music department, as someone who "not only understands the importance, musically and dramatically, that live musicians bring to something like this, she also understands the mechanics of what it takes to put it together."

Many composers for ABC shows echo Eisler's sentiments. …

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