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Chronicle title
Delia's score "CHRONICLE"
Delia's score "CHRONICLE TITLE"

Chronicle is Delia's 1969[1] title music consisting of a 22-second trumpet fanfare for a BBC series of programmes of the same name.

The most successful TV title music that I've composed is probably Chronicle.
   -- Delia in the Soundhouse interview

Robin Carmody[1] dates Chronicle to 1969, which corresponds with its tape catalogue entry's date of Jan 1969[2] and the date on Delia's manuscript headed "CHRONICLE TITLE"[3] of the 1st February 1969.


The Performing Right Society's list of works by Delia Ann Derbyshire has:

Title: Chronicle
Writer(s): Derbyshire Delia Ann
Publisher: MS
Work number: T-011.017.256-9 3025770P 
Type: 00/90 [?]
Creation date: 4 January 1986


Chronicle - Spectrogram.jpg


Other Chronicles

Delia also created music for several programmes in the series:

She also appears to have created a new signature tune for the programme The Daily Chronicle for 1966:

This new tune, which you will soon hear, has been composed by an English woman, Delia Derbyshire. [...] This new melody is not played by instruments. It has been made by artificially produced tones in the Electronic Workshop of the BBC. Are the older ones amongst us going to lament this fact? The world of 1966 is no longer the world of 1940. We can only come to terms with it when we accept this.[10]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Wee also have sound houses
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Tape Library List's entry for TRW 6991.
  3. DD114048 DD114058: Delia's manuscript for "Chronicle title" dated 1.2.69.
  4. The Tape Library List's entry for TRW 6630: "Chronicle: Gate of Hell, by Delia Derbyshire (?)"
  5. Chronicle Episode List] on
  6. The Tape Library List's entry for TRW 7293.
  7. TRW 7293's catalogue entry is dated December 1970.
  8. DD145330: "Chronicle: Pompeii / Final dubbing script"
  9. The Tape Library List's entry for TRW 7636: "Chronicle Magazine: Egypt".
  10. Undated Daily Chronicle transcript (WAC R97/9/1) from the BBC Written Archives Center, cited in Special Sound, p.120. All other items from WAC R97/9/1 are dated May 1963.