When creating the theme music for Wind at My Back, composer Don Gillis worked from a piece that he originally composed for the Road to Avonlea episode Momento Mori, which is Kevin Sullivan’s favourite episode. The theme was enjoyed so much that when Wind at My Back first started, Don was asked to take the theme and turn it into a series of themes and sub-themes, taking on the role of the heart of the series. The result was a touching, evocative melody that viewers quickly identify with as well as the old fashioned sensibility of the show.
Don Gillis was a three-time Gemini Award nominee who contributed his musical talents to several of Kevin Sullivan’s productions, including A Wind at My Back Christmas, Road to Avonlea and An Avonlea Christmas. He was nominated for a Gemini for his compositions for two Road to Avonlea seasons in 1994 and 1995. The talent he brought to Sullivan productions is immeasurable.
Halfway through the production of Wind at My Back, composer Peter Breiner took over the job of composing when Don sadly passed away. Peter has worked closely with Kevin ever since on films such as Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning and Mozart’s Magic Flute Diaries. Working from Bratislava, along with a full orchestra, Peter continued to develop the unforgettable theme that Don created.