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50 Favorite Film Scores, Part 2: #40–31

Yesterday, I began a week-long look at 50 of my favorite film scores. If you want to read about the background behind the project, check out the earlier post. The remaining scores will be covered throughout the rest of the week. Now, on with the next installment of 50 of my favorite film scores… 40…. More


CD Review: The Greatest Film Scores of Dimitri Tiomkin

Outside of John Williams and film music festivals, it’s not often that film music concerts are devoted to one composer, especially one from the Golden Age. But few composers lend themselves to such extensive stage time like Dimitri Tiomkin. Memorable melodies and orchestrations that were written for a full orchestral complement, Tiomkin’s music is certainly deserving… More

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

55 Days at Peking

CD Review: 55 Days at Peking

With the recent release of a complete FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE rerecording on Prometheus Records and La-La Land’s expanded soundtrack of 55 DAYS AT PEKING, it’s a good time to be a fan of Dimitri Tiomkin. Instead of the fall of a civilization, PEKING showcases the Boxer Rebellion in which Chinese peasants took up… More


CD Review: The Fall of the Roman Empire

Samuel Bronston’s THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE belongs to cinema of a different era. In today’s world of bloated CGI, the 1964 film is impressive if for nothing else than the detailed sets and hordes of extras that flank the various battlefields. The acting and love story between Stephen Boyd’s Livius and Sophia Loren’s Lucia… More


9 Favorite Film Scores of Dimitri Tiomkin

With the recent release of SAE’s splendid soundtrack for CYRANO DE BERGERAC, I figured this month’s “9 on the 9th” post was the perfect time to celebrate the music of four-time Academy Award winner Dimitri Tiomkin. Known primarily for his scores for countless westerns and epic films of the 1950s and ’60s, Tiomkin is a… More


CD Review: Cyrano de Bergerac

Edmund Rostand’s CYRANO DE BERGERAC has smelled like a winner since its premiere in 1897. The story of the unattractive poet and soldier with a rather large nasal protuberance who speaks his love for the beautiful Roxane through the handsome yet empty-headed Christian offers a swashbuckling tour de force role for any actor. In the mid-20th… More


CD Review: Champion

Fans of Dimitri Tiomkin have reason to celebrate this year. We’ve already seen the premiere of Tiomkin’s score for the 1947 film noir THE LONG NIGHT and the first complete recording of his epic THE ALAMO. Later this year we’ll have a 2-CD release of the original tracks from 1950’s CYRANO DE BERGERAC. The latest release is the… More