'PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT' Theme MP3 "Airwolf" Teaser

(10 February 2013)

"PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT" suite including the 
Russian song of the Revolution "Poljuško Polje"
from the Airwolf Extended Themes soundtrack 2CD
Well, here it is finally, a definitive version of Airwolf's 1st Season episode 'PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT' made up of four different scenes: the opening lab sequence when Rostoff comes through the door to kill his comrades with the Soviet's deadly nerve agent, Airwolf flying nap-of-the-earth with the SLAS system trying to evade the MIGs in the dark, the Russians closing in on the Rostoffs and Dom at the Kirivitz cabin, finishing with the final cello solo & orchestral rendition of the Russian 'Song of the Revolution' - Poljuško Polje (see the lyrics below) underscoring Tanya Rostoff's singing.

Airwolf PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT episode and the Poljuško Polje Russian theme being played by Hawke
Airwolf's 1st season episode PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT's most iconic theme is probably the Russian folk piece 'Poljuško Polje' both played on a balalaika and sung by Rostoff's brother-in-law Ivan Turgyev (played by actor, RADU GAVOR) and later the young Tanya Rostoff (played forlornly by actress, LINDA GROVENOR) at Hawke's cabin, accompanied by Hawke on the Stadivarius cello and then the full orchestra. There was an interesting scene in the script that was (probably shot but) left out of the final edit where both Rostoff and his wife came out on the porch and joined in the singing as well, but it was felt that the freeze frame on Hawke was more relevant to Hawke's story arc and journey over the season.

RICK LENZ as Rostoff looks through Turgyev's window to find the Soviet militia in the Airwolf PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT Episode
Rostoff (played by actor RICK LENZ) tentatively looks through the porch window of his brother-in-law's farmhouse in Kirivitz with Hawke & Dom to surprisingly find the local Soviet militia being entertained by his brother-in-law Turgyev and Rostoff's wife and daughter, with Hawke's suspicion that they're waiting to arrest him for the theft and deaths at the top-secret Soviet lab.
There's a great mix of synth and orchestral within the episode and Sylvester Levay really delivered some of the series' most atmospheric synth work, including the use of the randomising "Arpeggiator" on the synth bass-lines (here, thankfully transcribed note-for-note exactly like the original off-air version by the patience and virtue of professional transcriber, John Rogers for me, for that total authenticity. Thanks John!) It just makes the MIG avoidance sequence below.

Airwolf 2nd Unit Director and stunt pilot DAVID JONES created vortices with Airwolf on film
Airwolf's 2nd Unit Director, Aerial Co-ordinator and amazing stunt pilot, DAVID JONES used to love creating vortices in dust & smoke with the chopper on film, here within the 'PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT' episodic theme score when Airwolf is trying to avoid being picked up on the Russian MIGs' radar, so have to fly nap-of-the-earth.
Airwolf 1st Season episode PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT with actor RICK LENZ playing Vladimir Rostoff (aka 'Moses')
Actor RICK LENZ played Soviet double agent, Vladimir 'Moses' Rostoff to perfection, here killing off his Soviet comrades in a 'lab accident' with a top-secret Soviet nerve agent; then meeting up with Hawke & Dom in Airwolf before flying with them to collect his wife and daughter to defect with them as well.
And for those of you wanting to know what Turgyev and later Tanya were singing, here are the original Russian lyrics... 

Poljuško Polje Sing-A-Long Lyrics
Polyushko, polye,
polyushko shiroko, polye ...
Yedut, ey, po polyu gyeroyi,
ey, da ruskoi armiyi gyeroyi.

Dyevushki platshut,
dyevushkam sivodnya grustno:
Milý da v armiyu uyekhal,
ey, da milý v armiyu uyekhal.

Dyevushki, gliantye,
dyevushki, utritye slyozý!
Pust' po silnyeye grianyem pyesnyu,
ey, da nasha pyesnya boyevaya.

Tol'ko mý vidyim,
vidyim mý syeduyu tutshu:
Vrazhya da sila iz za lyesa,
ey, da vrazhya sila slovno tutsha

English translation of Poljuško Polje
Field, my field, my wide field,
The heroes ride over the field,
Hey, the heroes of the Red Army.

The girls are crying,
The girls are sorrowful today,
Their sweethearts went away for a long time,
Hey, their sweethearts went away to the army.

You girls, cast a glance,
cast a glance in our direction,
Wave far down the road,
Ey, the happy road.

We only see
We see a grey mist,
The hate of the enemy behind the forest,
Hey, the enemy's hate, like a mist.

Hey, girls, look,
We are ready to engage the enemy,
Our horses are fleet-footed,
Our tanks are fast-driving.

Hey, while on the collective farms,
The work is efficiently progressing,
Today we are watchmen,
Today we are keeping watch.

The ECHOS FROM THE PAST Cabin epilogue theme will be next up very soon.

'PILOT - BLAZE Theme' MP3 "Airwolf" Teaser

(3 February 2013)

Wagner-esque "BLAZE Theme" from Airwolf's TV PILOT episode from Airwolf Extended Themes soundtrack
After last weekend's amazing time spent with original Airwolf composer, SYLVESTER LEVAY (see Jan Szulew's separate Munich Trip Blog post on his Orchestrator's blog) outside Munich, Germany, this weekend has been back to the grind.

So, I've two MP3 teasers ready to Blog, the first of which is here for the Wagner-esque theme that Sylvester Levay wrote for the egotistical character actor, Blaze (played by the brilliant John Calvin) in Airwolf's TV PILOT episode; the Movie PILOT had different (inferior) music on this particular track.

The "Blaze" Teaser MP3 file:
Airwolf 'PILOT' 1st Season Airwolf episode theme for "Blaze" played by John Calvin
1st Season Airwolf 'PILOT' episode had the superb Bellisario regular actor JOHN CALVIN acting in the brilliantly egotistical role of 'Blaze', who thought he could fly a chopper better than Hawke. Shows off Don's humour to the fore.

Airwolf 'PILOT' 1st Season Airwolf episode Wagner-esque theme for "Blaze" played to total terror by John Calvin
Sylvester Levay wrote a wonderful Wagner-esque theme for the egotistical character of 'Blaze' on the fictional movie set in the Airwolf TV 'PILOT' episode. Here Dom is trying to explain to the local television news report Mona Khan (played by the DEE DEE RESCHER) about the hammerhead stall manoeuvre that Blaze has just pulled inadvertently whilst trying to control [in sheer terror!] the Hughes 500 [later used as Caitlin's Highway Patrol chopper in 2nd Season episode, 'SWEET BRITCHES'] for the cameras.

Sylvester Levay's character theme that he composed for Blaze during Airwolf's Pilot episode, and one of my personal favourite just perfectly summarises the naive showmanship that the egotistical movie star is trying to portray for the cameras and Mona Khan's local news crew.

Using lots of bombastic brass and quick string runs, it provides the wonderful Don Bellisario black humour of watching Blaze's sheer terror during his losing more and more control of the flight and over-estimating his own abilities. Was Don having a dig at certain Hollywood actors at the time? We'll never know.

Airwolf 'PILOT' 1st Season Airwolf episode with Ernest Borgnine and Jan-Michael Vincent
"There!" as Blaze comes blazing around the corner on the deck to dust the camera crew. Both JAN-MICHAEL VINCENT and JOHN CALVIN got separate joy-rides up in the Hughes with 2nd Unit Director and Pilot, the late DAVID JONES, acting to a static camera which you can see the shadow off on Jan's shirt.


Airwolf Aerial Cameraman STAN McCLAIN with 2nd Unit Director and pilot, DAVID JONES diving through the 1st Unit crew
If you look really closely you can see this one-shot, multi-camera take of Aerial Cameraman, STAN McCLAIN (Left) holding the big 35mm film camera on his right shoulder, with the late DAVID JONES doubling for Blaze. Then it's cut from Stan's camera to the two cameras on the ground as they pass over the crew. 
In the take-off shot you can see Jetcopters' owner PETER McKERNAN, Snr in Hawke's seat with his arms folded.
Airwolf Aerial Cameraman STAN McCLAIN (with camera on shoulder) flying with 2nd Unit Director and pilot, DAVID JONES getting the shot of Blaze dusting the crewSo 'PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT' and its Holy Grail Russian "Song of the Revolution " Poljuško Polje theme will be following this Blog next. "PROOF" though, has proved challenging, as there's another live cello solo in the last part of this one for the Russian theme. It's being mixed in with orchestral and includes the lab sequence at the start, the encounter with the MIGs and the tune when the Russians are closing in on Dom and Moses' position in the cabin, to finish with Hawke's cello rendition when Natalya Rostoff is singing her version of Polusko Polje (we've obviously left her voice out!). It's now finished so it's just as soon as I can get the time to get another blog up you'll all here it.

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