30 years from those teenage years when I first sat and watched the Macneil/Lehrer News Hour on PBS. And that theme music, wow, it was mesmerizing. Just the 20 or 30 seconds they played it, I lived for that. Every night I came for the music, and stayed for the news and discussion. Once, near the year's end, the end credits played a lot longer than usual. It opened up even more of this symphonic masterpiece that has haunted me for so long. But I never knew who composed it. Always, I wished I had a way to hear it in its entirety.
I remember in the 1990's I called up the nearest classical station to where I lived (WCPE Raleigh) and asked a gentleman by the name of Joe Purcell if he knew that piece. He was awesome enough to watch the show and give me a call back. It wasn't anything he could place, and his knowledge of the classics was about as good as it gets. He figured it was just a short they recorded for the TV show's bookends, not an excerpt from a full composition. So it remained classical unobtanium.
Then comes the internet, yay technology. Every once in a while (years at a time would pass) I would search for "Macneil Lehrer soundtrack" or the like. For a long time the only search results I ever got were other people trying to find out what this piece of music was, or how to get it. A fruitless endeavor.
So you know how this goes. Last month the thought struck me again to search. I didn't realize how much time had passed since the last notion to do so. But there it was. There it freaking was:https://www.amazon.com/Bernard-Hoffer-M ... 178&sr=8-1
Recorded in 2011. Why on earth did it take so long?
I received it yesterday. I sat in my car and started playing the CD, and tears just came uncontrollably. I closed my eyes and it was the 1980's again. Like being reunited with a friend you lost touch with for 2/3rds of your life.