The Big Country

9 Favorite Western Film Scores

I’m not a fan of Westerns particularly. The mythological images created by Hollywood seldom bear any resemblance to reality and their political leanings are often less than honorable. But those wide, open spaces and America’s dramatic past (even filtered through Hollywood’s gauze) arguably have inspired more great film scores than any other cinematic subgenre. As… More



Bruce Broughton‘s rousing music for SILVERADO ranks as one of the finest Western scores ever written. Though Lawrence Kasdan’s film encompasses almost every element in the traditional Hollywood genre, this tale of four unlikely friends (Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Kevin Costner, Danny Glover) who right the injustices in the small prairie town of Silverado is… More


Masterpiece Theater

Masterpiece, like genius, is an often overused word, especially in the arts. Merriam-Webster defines a masterpiece as “a work done with extraordinary skill; especially: a supreme intellectual or artistic achievement.” So how does that apply to film music? If you look at the first part of that definition, pretty much every film score qualifies as a masterpiece in… More

The Bay Brass

CD Review: Sound the Bells!

Every now and then a recording comes along that is so unexpectedly rewarding that you simply want to share it with everyone you know. Such a recording is Sound the Bells! – American Premieres for Brass, a collection of nine concert works performed by The Bay Brass, a group formed in 1995 made up of… More