For more than 30 years Masterpiece (formerly known as Masterpiece Theatre) has enthralled audiences with the works of the finest classic and contemporary writers interpreted by the world's foremost actors. Premiering on PBS on January 10, 1971, the series has presented numerous acclaimed British productions, many of them produced by the BBC. It has become America's longest-running weekly primetime drama series, and the various shows aired on Masterpiece have garnered 33 Primetime Emmys, seven International Emmys, 15 Peabodys, and two Academy Award nominations.
The First Churchills was the first series to air on Masterpiece Theatre, debuting January 10, 1971 and running for twelve consecutive weeks on PBS.
This now instantly recognizable music was originally written for the court of Louis XV, King of France by composer Jean-Joseph Mouret (1682-1738). It is the first movement of Mouret's "First Suite in D," from his second book of Fanfares for Trumpets, Kettledrums, Violins and Oboes (published in Paris, ca. 1729).
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