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The Wild West

Ether Game asks: can you name this tune? Hop into the saddle, and see what you can come up with…

The whistled motive from this film has become nearly synonymous with climactic Old West showdowns, even though the film that it graces was made well after the golden age of Hollywood Westerns. The composer scored countless Westerns in this peculiar international style, making his reputation abroad…

Music Heard On This Episode

Richard Rodgers/: Oh, What a Beautiful Morning
Gordon MacRae — Oklahoma! (1955 Film Soundtrack) (Angel Records, 2001)
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Richard Rodgers/: Oh, What a Beautiful Morning
Gordon MacRae — Oklahoma! (1955 Film Soundtrack) (Angel Records, 2001)
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Aaron Copland: Billy the Kid: Excerpts
New York Philharmonic/Leonard Bernstein — Aaron Copland - Greatest Hits (Sony, 1990)
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Giacomo Puccini: Girl of the Golden West: Let her believe I am free and far away
Dennis O’Neill/Munich Radio Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin — Puccini - La Fanciulla del West (RCA, 1992)
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Antonin Dvorak: String (American) Quartet No. 2 II: Allegro non troppo
Members of the Berlin Philharmonic Octet — Dvorak: String Quartet, Op. 96 ("American"); Piano Quintet, Op. 81 (Harmonia Mundi Fr., 2006)
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Gioachino Rossini: Stabat Mater:Amen
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Semyon Bychkov — Rossini: Stabat Mater - Semyon Bychkov (Philips, 1991)
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Elmer Bernstein: The Magnificent Seven: Main Title; Calvera; Fiesta!
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra/Bill Ashton — The Essential Elmer Bernstein Film Music Collection (Silva America, 2005)
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Kurt Weill: Johnny Johnson: On the Rio Grande; Johnny’s Dream; Song of the Guns
Joel Cohen — Music for Johnny Johnson (Elektra / Wea, 1997)
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Ferde Grofe : Hollywood Suite: Carpenters and Electricians; Production Number
Bournemouth Sinfonietta/William T. Stromberg — Explore America, Vol. 1 (Naxos American, 2003)
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Jean-Philippe Rameau: Transcriptions from “Les Indes Galants”: Air of the African Slaves; The Savages; Tambourin I & II
Kenneth Gilbert, Harpsichord — Jean-Philippe Rameau: Works for Harpsichord (Polygram Records, 1989)
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William Billings: Africa; Brookfield
His Majestie’s Clerks/Paul Hillier — Home to Thanksgiving (Harmonia Mundi Fr., 1999)
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Ennio Morricone: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Main Title; “The Ecstasy of Gold”
Hugo Montenegro and his Orchestra — Music From 'The Good, The Bad And The Ugly' & 'A Fistful Of Dollars' & 'For A Few Dollars More' (RCA, 1995)
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Libby Larsen: Three Cowboy Songs: Bucking Bronco; Lift Me Into Heaven Slowly; Billy the Kid
Louise Toppin, soprano/John O’Brien, piano — Ah! Love, But A Day (Albany Records, 2000)
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Bob Nolan: Tumbling Tumbleweeds; Dear old Western Skies
Gene Autry — The Essential Gene Autry (Sony, 2005)
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