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At the intersection of Philip Glass and Coldplay, how Emmy-winning composer John Lunn created the sound of Downton Abbey / 98.7WFMT

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A gentleman and his dog strutting on the grounds of a grand estate; house staff placing perfectly polished silverware on a table; a rose petal falling delicately on a credenza. These images in the main title sequence of Downton Abbey immerse you in the aristocratic life of early 20th-century England. Set to John Lunn's Emmy Award-winning score, the main title music not only foreshadows the on-screen drama but also connects modern audiences to a bygone era.

The iconic theme is on full display in the Downton Abbey movie, which recently opened in the United States to great box office success. In continuing the Downton sound world, Lunn attributes the timeless quality of his score to Philip Glass. But "if you analyzed the [main theme] itself, it could easily be a Coldplay song" Lunn admits.

In a recent interview with WFMT: Chicago, Lunn described his diverse musical influences, his first foray into composing for the screen, and the resonance of Downton Abbey on both sides of the pond.  READ THE Q&A