I am gearing up to score a new PBS documentary about Admiral Hyman Rickover, the moving force behind the launch of America’s first nuclear-powered submarine. This is the long-term project of director Michael Pack, and it stars Tim Blake Nelson of O Brother, Where Art Thou? as Rickover. Clearly this will be an unusual film. Pack and I have been talking about this score for some time now. We both agree that Rickover was at the same time heroic and difficult and lonely. The score will feature alto sax, and there will be moments when the instrument is unaccompanied. I have already contracted the concert artist Rick Parrell to play for this.

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