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Product Information of The Civil War 25th Anniversary Edition DVD
Actors: David McCullough, Sam Waterston, Jason Robards, Morgan Freeman, Arthur Miller
Directors: Ken Burns
Format: Blu-ray, Widescreen
Number of discs: 6
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: PBS (DIRECT)
DVD Release Date: 2015
Summary of The Civil War 25th Anniversary Edition DVD
The theme song of the documentary is the instrumental "Ashokan Farewell", which is heard twenty-five times during the film. The song was composed by Jay Ungar in 1982 and he describes it as "the song coming out of "a sense of loss and longing" after the annual Ashokan Music & Dance Camps ended."It is the only modern piece of music heard in the film. It became so closely associated with the series that people frequently and erroneously believe it was a Civil War song. Ungar, his band Fiddle Fever and pianist Jacqueline Schwab performed this song and many of the other 19th century songs used in the film.Schwab's arrangements in particular have been acclaimed by many experts. Musicologist Alexander Klein wrote: "Upon watching the full documentary,The Civil War 25th Anniversary Edition DVD one is immediately struck by the lyricism of Schwab’s playing and, more importantly, her exceptional arranging skills. What had been originally rousing and at times bellicose songs such as the southern “Bonnie Blue Flag” or the northern “Battle Cry of Freedom” now suddenly sounded like heart-warming, lyrical melodies due to Schwab’s interpretations.
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