Magazine article Variety

Tunes Inspired by History

Magazine article Variety

Tunes Inspired by History

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MUSIC

On Fox hit "Empire," Fil Eisler's atmospheric scores and memorable themes are the engines that drive the series. "(Co-creator) Lee Daniels told me he wanted a bold, operatic score," says the composer. who works at a punishing pace. "I watch an episode. I score it very quickly and I'm on the scoring stage with a full orchestra three or four days later, every week. It's like sprinting a marathon."

Inspiration comes from the characters "and where they're coming from. I take their points of view very seriously. Even when the show's campy and winking, it's got this incredible acting."

For Richard Rudolph, executive music producer on Lifetime's "Whitney," the approach was "to honor Whitney Houston's memory and do justice to her transcendent talent and voice." He and director Angela Bassett "watched every piece on her. so we could capture the magic of her live performances. …

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