All posts under Bruce Broughton

9 Favorite Western Film Scores

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*+-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 sub-genre. As always, with so many great scores to choose from, narrowing down a list to nine is a typically foolish task. Some composers specialized in Westerns, so to make this list more equally balanced, I only allowed…

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Silverado

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*+-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 not your typical Western. Kasdan said he was making a “Western for people had never seen a Western before.” If only all Westerns were filled with this much humor, beautiful cinematography and fine performances. The film’s…

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Masterpiece Theater

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*+-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 my book. I certainly don’t have the skills to compose a score. I have certain compositional skills (lame though they are), but the craft, technical and otherwise, that is required to compose for film is…

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CD Review: Sound the Bells!

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*+-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 musicians from the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Ballet and the San Francisco Opera orchestras. The main draw for film music fans will be the names John Williams and Bruce Broughton on the bill….

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9 Favorite Science Fiction Film Scores, Vol. 1 – Space

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*+-Like many boys who liked to read, my genre of choice during my teenage years was science fiction. And since one of my earliest memories of the outside world was the moon walk, it will come as no surprise that I was enthralled by tales of life in space, stories that were heavy on the scientific end of things. Planets were just there as jumping off points to get you back into space. The more time that was spent aboard ship in the inky dark, the better. And to this…

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