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 Posted:   Jun 16, 2018 - 10:57 AM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

I already posted that Richter was doing HOSTILES which seemed an odd choice. His score didn’t do a lot for me, but I had hope. Now we have Desplat and Fenton doing westerns. Fenton’s WILD BILL gives me hope. Desplat’s voice might be interesting.

So what are some more really different, unique and rather odd choices for future westerns? By that I mean composers who have not scored previous westerns. First I would pick Dario Marianelli and Rachel Portman. I know I’m pigeonholing, but I would describe their music as rather classical; however, Dario is doing Bumblebee, and Rachel was going to do Mulan. It might be interesting to see how they would score a western. They might be more versatile than I realize.

I also kind of view Patrick Doyle as rather classical, but he did Thor and one of the APES movie. I think he might compose a good western.

Another odd pick would be Elliot Goldenthal. I think it would be a rather dark score.

Since most of you know I like thematic, rousing scores, I’d like to see Brian Tyler score a western. Yes, he is now scoring YELLOWSTONE, which is a modern movie and I believe is sort of a western. Hope it is good.

What other composers would be rather odd and unique choices for westerns?

P.S. (Wish Hollywood would bring back Broughton and J N Howard.)


 
 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2018 - 11:02 AM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

John Corigliano would be an inspired choice for a western. He has a very specific melodic Americana sound when he wants to tap into the vein (see Altered State's and Revolution's love themes) but also no doubt would have brought a fascinating, wild, prickly quality to the unforgiving western landscapes. Imagine him scoring a buffalo hunt sequence? Now that would be interesting!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2018 - 11:10 AM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

Corigliano is a very unique choice. I never really thought of him as having an Americana voice.
Bring on that buffalo hunt.

 
 Posted:   Jun 16, 2018 - 11:14 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

John Corigliano and Rachel Portman -- good choices.

I'd add (keep in mind I haven't done a check to make 100% sure these people ever did a big western project):

  • Debbie Wiseman.
  • Lolita Ritmanis.
  • Randy Edelman. If he did it in a purely orchestra style with none of that synth additions that cheese up some of his scores.
  • Nan Schwartz.
  • John Lunn.
  • Gerald Fried. Hey, if he's gonna come out of retirement every once-in-a-while to score something, might as well get him for a western while we're at it.
  • Steve Bramson.

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     Posted:   Jun 16, 2018 - 11:35 AM   
     By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

    Gerald Fried certainly already has experience in the genre:

    https://www.filmscoremonthly.com/cds/detail.cfm/cdID/385/

    Yavar

     
     
     Posted:   Jun 16, 2018 - 11:49 AM   
     By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

    Morricone
    Bacalov
    Waldo De Los Rios

     
     
     Posted:   Jun 16, 2018 - 12:07 PM   
     By:   joan hue   (Member)


    Morricone
    Bacalov
    Waldo De Los Rios


    The above have never composed westerns? Huh?

    Edelman has done a few westerns. I'm guilty of not knowing a few composers on Justin's list.

    Two other odd choices. Reznor and Ross. Can't say their previous scores have appealed to me.

    Bobbengan, thought you might suggest John Scott, but then I checked his scores, and I see he did Billy Two Hats which isn't a score I remember. Some of his other scores like Shergar make me think he could do a great western score.

     
     
     Posted:   Jun 16, 2018 - 12:10 PM   
     By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

    The above have never composed westerns? Huh?

    Their musical approaches to westerns are odd and unique.

     
     Posted:   Jun 16, 2018 - 12:19 PM   
     By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

    Oh, and:

  • James Peterson.
  • Mark Knopfler.
  • Jan Hammer.

    And the musician group that's worked on scores by people like James Horner and Morricone: Incantation.

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     Posted:   Jun 16, 2018 - 12:49 PM   
     By:   davefg   (Member)

    Burwell for True Grit

     
     
     Posted:   Jun 16, 2018 - 2:20 PM   
     By:   joan hue   (Member)

    In my initial post, I did say, "So what are some more really different, unique and rather odd choices for future westerns? By that I mean composers who have not scored previous westerns."

    That is why I was confused by a few names. HOWEVER, if any of you want to post names of composers who have previously scored westerns with rather odd or unique sounds like Burwell and Morricone, I'm okay with that information.

    I like some of Bear McCreary's music. I'd like to see him score a western.

     
     Posted:   Jun 16, 2018 - 2:28 PM   
     By:   MD   (Member)

    Masamicz Amano or Abel Korzeniowski.

     
     Posted:   Jun 16, 2018 - 3:10 PM   
     By:   mgh   (Member)

    Morricone
    Bacalov
    Waldo De Los Rios


    The above have never composed westerns? Huh?

    Edelman has done a few westerns. I'm guilty of not knowing a few composers on Justin's list.

    Two other odd choices. Reznor and Ross. Can't say their previous scores have appealed to me.

    Bobbengan, thought you might suggest John Scott, but then I checked his scores, and I see he did Billy Two Hats which isn't a score I remember. Some of his other scores like Shergar make me think he could do a great western score.


    Billy Two Hats is a very spare score, almost no melody that I can remember, but it has been many years since I've seen it. Another score that would qualify if Walking Thunder. It is about a wagon train if I remember correctly, and the score is full orchestral and very good.

    And to go a little off topic, when I saw the subject, I immediately thought of Michael Small and Comes A Horseman. From the composer of The Parallax View and The Driver came this full throated Americana score that can stand with the best of them. Who'd'a thunk it? I would have loved to have had another from him.

     
     Posted:   Jun 16, 2018 - 3:16 PM   
     By:   mgh   (Member)

    Burwell for True Grit

    Burwell also did The HI-LO Country, which is a superb score.

     
     
     Posted:   Jun 16, 2018 - 3:23 PM   
     By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

    Manos Hadjidakis adds some Greek rhythms to his score for the 1968 Terence Stamp western BLUE, as can be heard here:

    https://youtu.be/elxS78NId7Y?t=151

     
     
     Posted:   Jun 16, 2018 - 3:44 PM   
     By:   joan hue   (Member)

    I think our ubiquitous Michael Giacchino has not scored a western, but I think he could compose a western sounding score.

    Really odd choice would be Vangelis.

     
     
     Posted:   Jun 16, 2018 - 3:51 PM   
     By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

    I've never seen this film, but it sounds interesting, score-wise. The little-seen 1957 western THE PARSON AND THE OUTLAW stars Anthony Dexter as Billy the Kid. The film features a solo guitar score by Joe Sodja. Sodja played guitar in Buddy Rogers’ orchestra in the late 1930s. When Rogers, the film’s producer, decided that he wanted guitar music for the film’s score, he asked Sodja to write and play it and then sweetened the deal by offering him an acting role in the picture. Sodja appears in the film as the printer “Ben.”

     
     
     Posted:   Jun 16, 2018 - 3:57 PM   
     By:   joan hue   (Member)

    Bob,I've not seen The Parson and the Outlaw. Have seen Blue. Always thought the score had both western and Greek sounds.

    Have also enjoyed Comes A Horseman and The High-Lo Country scores.

    Haven't heard many Korzeniowski scores, but he reminds me a bit of Marianelli and that classical sound.

    I want to see MORE composers break away from their signature sounds and try scoring a western.

     
     
     Posted:   Jun 16, 2018 - 4:07 PM   
     By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

    Gerald Fried certainly already has experience in the genre:

    https://www.filmscoremonthly.com/cds/detail.cfm/cdID/385/

    Yavar



    Fried composed a jazz score for the television western "Shotgun Slade":

    https://youtu.be/CmLzGzEMABc?t=51

     
     
     Posted:   Jun 16, 2018 - 4:25 PM   
     By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

    Debbie Wiseman

    Also Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

     
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