Inside the Innovative Music of ‘Mrs. America’: Supervisor Mary Ramos on Song Choice, Story and Subtext

Inside the Innovative Music of ‘Mrs. America’: Supervisor Mary Ramos on Song Choice, Story and Subtext
Walter Murphy’s “A Fifth of Beethoven,” the disco-fied 1976 reinvention of the composer’s most famous symphony, seems like an unusual choice for the theme of “Mrs. America,” FX’s Cate Blanchett-starring series on the history of the 1970s women’s movement as seen from the perspective of its fervent opponent, arch-conservative Phyllis Schlafly. The song dates from late in the show’s chronology, its glitzy groove seems at odds with many of the characters, and most of all, it’s an instrumental.

But for the show’s music supervisor, Mary Ramos — who has worked on dozens of films and television shows, most prominently on several Quentin Tarantino films, including last year’s Oscar-winning “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” as well as Hulu’s “Little Fires Everywhere” — it’s a perfect choice.

“It represents both sides of the story,” she says. “Phyllis and her conservative friends listen to
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