I watched the programme about Smallfilms (Bagpuss, Ivor the Engine, The Clangers, etc) last night (‘Ivor the Engine and the story of Smallfilms’). Like many, I love Smallfilms pictures – especially Bagpuss and The Clangers.
The programme was excellent, however it did get me wondering more about the music they used in the Clangers – it was such an integral part of the films, yet very unique. Well, wikipedia helped me out there – it turns out that the music was composed by Vernon Elliot, who played the bassoon for Ivor the Engine. It was written to follow ‘musical sketches’ drawn out by Oliver Postgate.
The programme was followed by a single episode of The Clangers, ‘The Music of the Spheres’, featuring the hoots. This really did show off the weird and wonderful music to its full.