Discovery's Shark Week to Feature New Music from Composer J. Ralph

Composer J. Ralph - H 2015
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Composer J. Ralph - H 2015

The symphonic composition "Theodora" can also be heard at

Composer J. Ralph has created an original piece of music called “Theodora” that celebrates sharks and will have its world premiere as part of Discovery Channel’s  Shark Week, which kicks off on July 5.

The six-and-half-minute piece features the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Voices Choir and violinist Joshua Bell, and it was recorded at the Abbey Road Studios in London with Ralph and Arthur Pingrey producing.

“Theodora” will become available on the microsite, which will go live on July 5, and will also be released by Sony Classical and Rumor Mill Records in early July. During Shark Week, Discovery will air Sharks Rescored, a documentary about Ralph’s composition, and an extended cut of the doc also will be featured at The site is also promising an interactive experience that will use eye-tracking technology to determine how music influences the viewers’ perception of sharks.

The composition was created under a partnership among Discovery, Volkswagen of America and Ralph, an Oscar nominee for the song “Before My Time” from the 2012 documentary Chasing Ice. “I am honored to collaborate with Discovery and Volkswagen to raise money and awareness for species extinction, oceanic preservation and especially sharks,” the composer said. “In a time when most music is made on a laptop, I am incredibly grateful that these two visionaries would go to such great lengths in assembling an orchestra of this magnitude and commission an original live work on this scale.”