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What was the music on Monty Don's Italian gardens programme?

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Initial post: 5 Jun 2012 14:25:12 BDT
DeRunner says:
On Monty Don's recent series on BBC about Italian gardens, he was travelling out to an island on an Italian lake (was it Como?) by motor launch. The question is - what was the background music? The baroque theme has been haunting me and I must find out. No answer from the BBC or Classic FM. Can anyone help? I have a (low quality) recording that I could email if that would help.
David Lawes

Posted on 5 Jun 2012 16:24:55 BDT
Lez Lee says:
DeRunner, was it the last of the series - specifically about the lakes? If so, it's repeated next Saturday (11/6) @ 2.10 am, so will be on iPlayer after that. This means we can all listen to it and perhaps be able to help you!

Meanwhile can anyone identify this from 'The Apprentice' final? (Sorry!)

It starts at 2'00"

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jun 2012 09:52:47 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 Jun 2012 09:59:23 BDT
It sounds very much like a Rachel Portman soundtrack but I can't say which.
for an example.

Posted on 6 Jun 2012 12:10:36 BDT
Lez Lee says:
Thanks Stephen, I'm sure you're right, I'll do some more checking. Oddly enough I'd been thinking of Debbie Wiseman so was on the right lines with female film composers!

Posted on 8 Dec 2012 15:01:49 GMT
Sunset by Abel Korzeniowski?

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Dec 2012 15:15:23 GMT
DeRunner says:
Thanks very much Sofina. I will order a copy immediately

Posted on 12 Jan 2013 14:46:37 GMT
Lez Lee says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2013 22:26:56 GMT
Vaulted Sky says:
Thank you, I have been searching for this music for SO long!! What a beautiful piece of music

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2013 12:11:37 BDT
S. P. Wilson says:
Hi David,
Interesting to find your post (even though its a year late!)
I was the main series composer for the 'Monty Don's Italian Gardens' series.
If you have a close approximation of the mins / sec episode etc when the music plays I could look over the music logs for the program and let you know the name of the piece.
The main title/ credit music and a large selection of the insert music is by myself, There are also selections of music from a few other composers including Mozart and other modern writers.
Kind regards
Steve Wilson

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2013 12:38:30 BDT
MacDoom says:
... Mozart and other modern writers...

I'm sure that didn't come out quite the way you meant it! :-)

Anyway - very nice of you to react. Hope it reaches the original poster!

Posted on 8 Jul 2013 13:13:58 BDT
These things are all relative. Back in 1989, Deng Xiao Ping (I think) was asked what he considered the significance of the French Revolution. He replied that it was too early to tell.

Posted on 8 Jul 2013 13:47:47 BDT
I believe that was Chou En-Lai.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2013 13:59:46 BDT
Harry, I am sure you are right - I thought of him as well but was unsure.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2013 04:38:35 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Jul 2013 04:41:09 BDT
canadada says:
Dear Mr. Wilson ~ I have just watched the 2nd episode of this WONDERFUL series on TVO ( in Ontario Canada) & am keen to know the music you used at the William Walton garden/residence. Was it his? or yours? or who? Lovely choices. I'd like to pursue those 'notes'. Thank you! Very best, MLH

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jul 2013 01:10:15 BDT
Avid Reader says:
Dear Mr. Wilson,
I too have fallen in love with music from Monty Don's Italian Gardens series. As I live in Canada, I cannot play the available DVDs, but would dearly love to find some of the music that I love so much on CD. As per your response to another fan on The music I am most interested in identifying occurs in several episodes, but most completely in the final episode, about 13 minutes into the program, just as Mr. Don begins his visit to Villa Pisani. If you could provide me with any information about this haunting, lilting and altogether unforgettable music, I would be incredibly grateful.
Thanking you in advance for any help you may be able to offer me.
Rev. Sandra Evan-Jones

Posted on 13 Jul 2013 12:50:32 BDT
Lez Lee says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jul 2013 19:43:19 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 Jul 2013 20:59:54 BDT
Doonhamer says:
Thank you for pointing me towards Shazam, an app of which I was blissfully unaware.

Having installed it now, Shazam is giving Avid Reader's clip as Boccherini Flute Concerto in D, Op. 27, I Musici / Severino Gazzelloni.

The title sounds good but I can't confirm the artists.

or try the preview here which is somewhat clearer

The Best of Boccherini

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2013 13:29:59 BDT
S. P. Wilson says:
Dear Rev. Evan-Jones

I've looked through the UK transmission music reports for the section of Monty Don's Italian Gardens featuring Villa Pisani, and see that the piece in this version is credited as : FLUTE CONCERTO IN D, OP.27 - 1. ALLEGRO MODERATO by LUIGI BOCCHERINI.

However, I can't be certain this is the same piece used in the Canadian TV broadcast you have seen, as I was told by the producer/director that some of the music in the overseas versions of the programme had to be substituted due to copyright/clearance restrictions. This means that more of my music would feature, but without seeing the episode in question, unfortunately I can't clarify this.

I'm sorry I can't be of any further help, but many thanks for your interest in this fantastic series, your comments are much appreciated.

Kind regards
Steve Wilson

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2013 13:30:41 BDT
S. P. Wilson says:
Dear viewer,

As far as I can ascertain, the music featured during the William Walton Garden item is a selection of 'Latin guitar' style pieces by different composers. They are from a television music library and unfortunately wouldn't be available to buy on CD. The only piece of my own music in this particular section of the UK version of the programme is the short string piece as Monty leaves the location.

It is a little frustrating that not all music used in television programmes is released on CD, maybe sometime in the future a collection featuring some of the music will be available.

It's really good to know that the series and the music has generated such interest!

Kind regards
Steve Wilson

Posted on 14 Jul 2013 14:49:54 BDT
Lez Lee says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jul 2013 20:46:56 BDT
DeRunner says:
Hi Steve,
Thank you so much for replying to my original post.
The music I am looking for was recorded (but later lost) by my sister in Italy while watching Episode 4 and started near the end as Monty Don was boarding a boat to travel to Isola Bella. The same music was played intermittently while he was on the island. I found episode 4 on youtube

The Isola Bella section starts about 46 minutes in but the music is different from the version my sister recorded. I am not sure which music the original BBC transmission used in the Isola Bella section. Maybe we will have to wait until it is repeated.
David Lawes

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jul 2013 19:40:49 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 Jul 2013 19:45:38 BDT
Avid Reader says:
Dear S.P. Wilson,
Thank you for responding to my request about the mysterious music on Monty Don`s Italian Gardens. As you mentioned that music might have been substituted for North American (Canada) distribution because of copyright considerations, I went ahead and purchased a UK-DVD of the series, which I have played on my Canadian computer (alas there is no regional DVD that fits Canadian television). I was able to find the footing references for the music with which I have fallen in love. It is my fervent hope that they may assist you in identifying this entirely magical piece of music. On the second disc, Northern Gardens, the first footingécounter reference is at 47:43 (arrival at Isola Bella) up to 49.24. This music features strings - perhaps two violins, a viola and a pianoforte. I am absolutely haunted by the melody and am desperate to find out where I can find the score from which it comes. It further continues at 52.57 (the first sight of the white peacocks) to 53.40 and then at 54.24 to 55.11.
I anxiously await your reply.
Sincerely, and with many thanks
Sandy Evan-Jones

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2014 07:53:31 GMT
Hi steve, can i download the music from monty don's italian gardens? It was so beautiful, thank you. I am on the hunt for music for my mounted horse quadrille teams to ride to. Walk, trot and canter music. We have a facebook page at Do you have a site where i can listen to / download you music please? Many thanks - mary

Posted on 21 Jan 2014 16:26:54 GMT
Mondoro says:
Space for a general gripe about the way the Beeb (in particular)uses classical music in documentary sound tracks and either doesn't attribute it in closing titles, or simply provides the name of the composer has written (some) of the music for the programme, giving the misleading impression that s/he has composed the lot.
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