Since the 1980s, US artist Jim Ragland has been composing and producing incidental, scene change and underscoring music for the professional theater. Projects have included tiny fringe theaters as well as The Kennedy Center. Credits include the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway production, "The Kentucky Cycle," and 100s of other shows - like Shakespeare, Chekhov, August Wilson, and Sam Shepard. With dozens of Spotlight Awards from The Seattle Times, a Lifetime Achievement Award from Theater Puget Sound, Variety says: “[Jim Ragland] creates worlds that capture the imagination."
Jim Ragland creates music that is perfectly aligned with a project's story line, and is a genius at combining styles, ethnicities and periods to come up with something that sounds familiar and catchy, but is still original.
Beautiful tender beginning then moves into playful elegant orchestral music. Mischievous, a bit dramatic in a sweet way. Romantic comedy, new beginnings, falling in love. High fashion, limo cruising, Hollywood nights, rich and luxurious, kitchy, happy. Great for films like The Artist, kids animation, Instrumental, Dramatic, Broadway
A stately thoughtful old-fashioned piece for piano, brass, clarinet and flute. The ending turns sad. Sounds like it could be in Ragtime. Originally composed for a bio pic about The Wright Brothers, Instrumental, Dramatic, Contemplative Music
A warm whistful nostalgic mellow ragtime piece for clarinets, euphonium (little tuba), and marimba. Composed for a bio pic about The Wright Brothers. Great for 1890-1920. A little BBC-ish, Instrumental, Dramatic, Whimsical Music
A shimmerinig viola and acoustic guitar over a tropical percussion track. Slightly mysterious and elegant. Would make a great theme for an NCIS Miami segment. Sounds like a scene shot from the air. Instrumental, Dramatic, Smooth Music
A bright, cheerful violin melody over a Broadway-style 30's piano. Very stylish and elegant, evokes beautiful people in evening gowns and tuxedos getting into expensive cars. Great commercial music for luxury products like perfume, cars. Instrumental, Dramatic, Whimsical Music
A slow, sweet, heartwarming, nostalgic piece of chamber Americana for piano, strings, bass clarinet and clarinet. This was the credit music for an unreleased bio pic about The Wright Brothers. Great for TV, film, Instrumental, Dramatic, Tender music
A 20s/30s show music feel ala Gershwin by way of Danny Elfman, with clarinet and sax over piano and percussion. Could be great in a cartoon or a period piece. Nice ritard at the end makes it a great transition, Instrumental, Dramatic, Broadway
Cornball sword fighting music with a tango-flavored violin and piano. Errol Flynn saves the day. Silent film, campy damsel in distress, hero music, wild chase, dodging bullets, 30s and 40s parody. Instrumental, Dramatic, Broadway
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