BRITISH AIRWAYS - 'SUPERLAKME' op.353 (September 1985)

Music for a TV advertising film
Published by: PD/HB
Commissioned by: Saatchi and Saatchi - producer Martha Greene

2 picc  2 fl  2 cla  2 bsn  4 hns  3 trb  tuba  3 timp  perc 2  cymb  perc 3 glock  pc 4 sd

2 solo voices

vns 1 16  vn 2 6  viola 4  celli 4  cb 2

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First Performance: CTS 1  17.9.1985 Dick Lewzey


I was asked by Martha Greene at Saatchi's if I could write a version of Lakme as if orchestrated by Richard Strauss at full throttle. I was happy to oblige but in the event it was decided to be perhaps a little too opulent and that it might give the wrong idea about British Airways. I am sure they were right to withdraw it but it was fun to record and a very big line-up for a single 60-second commercial.

Related Works

Music for a TV advertising film, the launch of the famous duet from Lakme, music by Leo Delibes, arranged and conducted by Howard Blake
'BRITISH AIRWAYS' op.348 (1985)
The further use of Delibes' 'Lakme' for a TV advertising film
'TEARS OF JOY' op.499 (June 1997)
A new arrangement of Lakme for 2 sopranos and piano(see op.333), music for a TV advertising film (British Airways)

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