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Breaking Through the Clouds - The First Women's National Air Derby (Original Soundtrack)

by Nanette Malher

The impassioned orchestral score to the award-winning documentary "Breaking Through the Clouds - "The First Women's National Air Derby" of 1929 takes you through the hair-raising, courageous "winning and losing" moments of the women in the race.
Genre: Classical: Film Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Intro
1:19 $0.99
2. Pre-Race History
0:44 $0.99
3. Pilots Prelude
1:25 $0.99
4. Rules of the Race
0:37 $0.99
5. Phoebe Omlie Profile
2:22 $0.99
6. Ruth Elder Starlet
1:04 $0.99
7. Amelia Earhart Theme
1:05 $0.99
8. Louise Thaden on Flying
0:59 $0.99
9. Pancho Barnes Profile
2:56 $0.99
10. Louise Getting There
2:34 $0.99
11. The Exchange Club
0:54 $0.99
12. No Mechanics (Bonus Track)
1:21 $0.99
13. Phoebe Drug Runner
0:39 $0.99
14. Louise Introspection
1:50 $0.99
15. Take off Stinger
0:47 $0.99
16. Race Day
0:59 $0.99
17. Goal of the Derby
0:36 $0.99
18. Well Wishes
1:16 $0.99
19. Bobbi Trout Profile
3:15 $0.99
20. Calexico Pattern Emerges
0:30 $0.99
21. Complicated Amelia
1:32 $0.99
22. Thea Rasche Sabotage
1:10 $0.99
23. Bobbi Trout Crashes
1:19 $0.99
24. Marvel Crosson Crashes
1:06 $0.99
25. Desert to Marvel Profile
3:10 $0.99
26. The Banquet Circuit
1:26 $0.99
27. Marvel Dies
1:08 $0.99
28. Marvel Tribute
1:05 $0.99
29. Amelia and El Paso Weather
1:00 $0.99
30. Blanche Noyes Fire
1:11 $0.99
31. Pancho Crashes
0:31 $0.99
32. Ruth Elder in the Cows
0:59 $0.99
33. Louise Thaden Profile
2:53 $0.99
34. Louise Wins
1:50 $0.99
35. Phoebe Wins
1:20 $0.99
36. The Spirit of Aviation
2:01 $0.99
37. Pilot Montage
3:03 $0.99
38. Credit Roll
2:28 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
From the Composer:

In July of 1987, I convinced my sister to get in a car with me and drive 455 miles to Atchison, Kansas to attend the celebration of Amelia Earhart’s 90th birthday. Four hundred women pilots showed up for the four-day, city-wide event. We were not pilots, but I had dreams of becoming one.

During the celebration, we had the great honor of meeting Amelia’s sister, Muriel Earhart Morrissey, and pioneering women pilots, including Bobbi Trout, a record-setting pilot from 1929 to 1931. Bobbi helped Amelia organize the first official group of women pilots in 1929 -- The Ninety-Nines -- alongside Phoebe Omlie, Louise Thaden and others featured in Heather Taylor’s award-winning documentary “Breaking Through the Clouds - The First Women's National Air Derby.”

My sister and I watched Bobbi and Muriel sign their newly published books. We toured Amelia’s childhood home and attended the annual aviation awards ceremony in The Forest of Friendship. We were invited to The Ninety-Nines’ Friday evening banquet and heard friends of Amelia speak of their childhood escapades with her. On the last day of the celebration, we watched Muriel cut Amelia’s birthday cake in the middle of downtown Atchison while people lined the sidewalks for lemonade and barbecue. As my sister and I left town on a quiet Sunday morning, church bells began to ring. We drove slowly across the bridge overlooking the Missouri River where Amelia and Muriel had played on the bluff. The hair stood up on my arms and I said, “I’ll be back here one day.”

Fast forward to 1999. I started a multimedia company in Nashville, TN and called it “Aviatrix Enterprises.” I wasn’t a pilot, but the dream would not let me go. One January evening in 2002, I received an email . . . from Bobbi Trout! “My name is Bobbi Trout and I am 96 years old. I was searching through the Internet and came across your website and thought you might be the person I have been looking for to assist me in getting my website back online.”

I could not believe it! Talking to Bobbi on the phone, she recalled meeting me and my sister in Atchison in 1987. We became fast friends, talking or emailing every day. I worked closely with her to get a new website up and running: www.BobbiTrout.com. We met up in different parts of the country for aviation events, including an awards ceremony at the Forest of Friendship in Atchison. In October of 2002, she invited me to visit and stay with her at her home in San Diego, California. At opportune times, she'd look at me and say, “Don’t ever give up your dream of sitting in the left seat.”

Bobbi was the last living contestant of the first women’s national air derby of 1929, the event that unfolds in the “Breaking Through the Clouds” documentary. At the end of 2002, Bobbi became gravely ill. The day before she passed away, writer/producer Heather Taylor found Bobbi’s website and emailed to ask if she could speak to Bobbi about the derby. Sadly, I had to report that Bobbi probably wouldn’t make it through the next 24 hours. I spoke to Bobbi for the last time, hours before she passed away, on January 24, 2003. She was 97 years old.

My final words to her rang in my ears: “As long as I have breath, I will never let the world forget you and your contributions to aviation.” After giving Heather the bad news, I told her of my promise and vowed to help in whatever way I could with her film. Bobbi had entrusted me with historical items and information, which I shared, along with important aviation contacts.

Heather spent the next eight years working diligently on her documentary, I went on to obtain my private pilot license, due in great part to a posthumous gift of flight lessons left to me by Bobbi Trout. In 2004, I was officially "in the left seat.” I shared Bobbi's incredible story in school classrooms, at special events and with anyone who would listen. In 2006, I traveled serendipitously back to Atchison, Kansas to be inducted into the Forest of Friendship for my contributions to aviation through my work with and for Bobbi Trout.

In retrospect, that first trip to Atchison, and all that transpired in the 30 years since, seems pre-ordained. When Heather asked if I’d like to compose the soundtrack for her documentary, it was the icing on my cake. Next to my love of all things aviation is my love of composing music for film. To be trusted with the task of creating music to match the fascinating story of the 20 brave and intelligent women in the race was a great honor. Knowing Bobbi had been a prominent contestant, and listening to her recall experiences within it, helped me convey emotions through music that I could not have conjured otherwise. (Having first-hand knowledge of being alone in the skies as the pilot-in-command of an airplane didn’t hurt either!)

As you listen to the music, I hope you’ll place yourself in the soundtrack: Whatever your dream may be, put it out there. Be brave. Take chances. What you will receive, by God’s grace and through the love and kindness of friends and strangers, will awaken you to the amazing life you were meant to live. In turn, you will help fuel the dreams of others. Heather Taylor and I are forever grateful to all 20 women of the first women’s national air derby of 1929, who continue to be inspirations almost 100 years after the fact.

-- Nanette Malher

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Craig William Dayton

Breaking Through
One of the finest film composers of our time, Nanette Malher delivers a solid music score for the film "Breaking Through the Clouds". Each of the cues (tracks) is a well-polished gem. I personally consider time listening to this music as time well spent.
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Lee Warren

Breaking Through the Clouds - sound track
I just finished listening to this sound track.
What a wonderful and creative skill set Nanette Malher has, when it comes to composing and orchestrating for film.
A natural gift, by any measure.
She has used such a colourful and varied pallet of instruments and sounds, that even without the accompanying film, she captures the era and events perfectly. A five star production.
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