One of the most important and unforgettable elements of the Anne films are the sweeping musical themes that accompany the actor’s performances, serving to subtly heighten the drama and convey the mood of every scene.
In Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel, the musical scores were masterfully created by composer Hagood Hardy. Hardy’s timeless and gentle melodies struck such an emotional chord with viewers that his Anne Theme became an instant classic, being played at countless weddings and special events around the world.
Sadly, Hagood Hardy passed away prior to the production of Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story and Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning, so the composing duties were placed in the capable hands of Peter Breiner. Breiner’s approach to the scores of these later Anne films evoked a larger, epic feel to Anne’s life as she dealt with serious issues like war and trying to find her long lost father. Anne had matured and evolved and the musical scores brilliantly composed and conducted by Peter Breiner, evolved right along with her.