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Composer Of All Things Considered Theme Remembered

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Composer Of All Things Considered Theme Remembered

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The pianist and composer Don Voegeli passed away this weekend. He was 89. Voegeli wrote classical, jazz and experimental music, and is best known to public radio listeners as the man who composed the theme song for All Things Considered.

MELISSA BLOCK, host:

We learned today of the death of pianist and composer Don Voegeli over the weekend, the composer of the theme music that opens our program every day. This is his original tune from 1971.

(Soundbite of music)

MICHELE NORRIS, host:

Actually, Don Voegeli wrote two themes for ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. The song we use today is a newer arrangement of the second ATC theme Voegeli composed back in 1976. Here he is in 2002.

Mr. DON VOEGELI (Composer): In the second theme, they wanted a radio signal sound in the intro.

(Soundbite of music)

Mr. VOEGELI: That was the one prerequisite.

(Soundbite of music)

BLOCK: Don Voegeli wrote themes for several public radio and television shows. And he had many musical lives. He led a big band in the Great Lakes area during the 1940s and was a professor of music in Madison, Wisconsin. He was also the music director at one of the first public radio station, WHA.

NORRIS: The composer's son, Tom Voegeli, says his father passed away from complications following a fall two weeks ago. He also says his father continued to play right up till the end, especially jazz.

Mr. TOM VOEGELI: He was always happy sitting down on the piano and playing that standard American songbook rep.

BLOCK: Don Voegeli was 89 years old. He's survived by two sons, two daughters, six grandchildren and hundreds of musical compositions.

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