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Thrilling Exploits

Can you guess this piece? Here's a hint: the Wild West meets the Far East

While stories of heroic courage, loyalty, and thrilling adventure are universal, similarities between the figures of the cowboy and the Japanese samurai have inspired several specific cases of cross-cultural borrowing. In the two epic films on which this composer and film director collaborated, the composer wanted sweeping, “epic” music to match this style, but the director argued that if a film was slow, the music should get more upbeat!

Music Heard On This Episode

Elmer Bernstein: Main Title; Calvera; Fiesta!
Studio Orchestra — Magnificent Seven (Koch Int'l Classics, 1994)
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Elmer Bernstein: Main Title; Calvera; Fiesta!
Studio Orchestra — Magnificent Seven (Koch Int'l Classics, 1994)
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John Barry: Main title; James Bond with Bongos
John Barry and Orchestra — From Russia with Love (Capitol, 2003)
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Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks
Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig/Kurt Masur — Don Quixote; Till Eulenspiegel (Philips, 1991)
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Kurt Weill: Lindbergh Flight: Excerpt
Cologne Radio Choir and Orchestra/Jan Lathan-König — Der Lindbergflug; Ballad of Magna Carta (Capriccio, 1995)
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John Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine
City of Birmingham Symphony Orch/Simon Rattle — Harmonielehre; The Chairman Dances (EMI Classics, 1994)
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Hector Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini: One hour more
Roberto Alagno, t/Orch of Royal Opera House, Covent Garden/Bertrand de Billy — Roberto Alagna - Berlioz (EMI Classics, 2003)
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George Frideric Handel: Alexander's Feast: War, he sung, is toil and trouble
Emma Kirky, s/Academy of Ancient Music/Christopher Hogwood — Emma Kirkby Sings Mrs. Arne (L'Oiseau-Lyre, 1993)
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Bernard Herrmann: Main title
London Philharmonic Orch/Bernard Herrmann, cond — Great Hitchcock Movie Thrillers (Polygram Records, 1996)
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Ludwig van Beethoven: Fidelio Overture
Vienna Philharmonic/Claudio Abbado — The overtures (Deutsche Grammophon, 1989)
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Marriage of Figaro Overture
Royal Concertgebouw Orch/Nikolaus Harnoncourt — Overtures (Teldec, 1994)
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John Dowland: Come, heavy sleep
John Potter, t/John Surman, clarinet/Barry Guy, b/Stephen Stubbs, lt — In Darkness Let Me Dwell (ECM, 1999)
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Randall Woolf: Max Misbehaves
American Repertory Ballet Orch — Where the Wild Things Are (Composers Recordings, 2000)
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Steve Barri/P.F. Sloan: Secret agent man; High wire
Johnny Rivers — Greatest Hits (EMI Special Products, 1995)
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