What Is the PBS Theme Music?


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The Public Broadcasting Service, or PBS, produces many shows, each with different theme music. Some music, such as the “Masterpiece Theatre” theme music, is widely recognized, according to the PBS website.

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The “Masterpiece Theatre” theme is “Rondeau,” written by Jean-Joseph Mouret for the court of France’s King Louis XV. Academy Award-winning composer John Williams adapted the piece for “Masterpiece Theatre’s American Collection.” Recorded with the Boston Pops Orchestra and featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the theme music is played during the opening and closing credits of the series.

Other notable PBS theme songs include “Downton Abbey” by composer John Lunn and “Indian Summers” by composer Stephen Warbeck.

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