This episode originally aired on July 3, 2010.

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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Music composed for Westerns has helped establish the mythic character of the American cowboy. Rhythmic and rhapsodic, often derived from Aaron Copland's musical vision of the west, these film scores convey a sense of optimism and adventure.

On this edition of Movies on the Radio, host David Garland offers music from movies set in the old American West, including Dimitri Tiomkin's High Noon, David Raksin's Across the Wide Missouri, Elmer Bernstein's The Magnificent Seven, Jerome Moross's The Big Country, Ennio Morricone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Jerry Fielding's The Wild Bunch and others.


Elmer Bernstein - The Magnificent Seven - Main Title - Varese Sarabande

Dimitri Tiomkin - High Noon - Main Title (Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling), The Depot - Screen Archives Entertainment

Elmer Bernstein - The Scalphunters - Horseplay, Fast Talkin' Man - Varese Sarabande

David Raksin - Across the Wide Missouri - Main Title For Across The Wide Missouri Foreword, Flint And Kamiah/Journey - David Raksin at MGM - Film Score Monthly

Jeff Alexander - Dirty Dingus McGee - The Rounders - Chapter III Records

Cyril J. Mockridge - Many Rivers to Cross - Gourd Seeds - Northwest Passage Western: Classic Western Film Scores from MGM, Vol. 2 - Film Score Monthly

David Shire - The Godchild - Adios/End Title - Northwest Passage Western: Classic Western Film Scores from MGM, Vol. 2 - Film Score Monthly

Ennio Morricone - The Good the Bad and the Ugly - Main Title, The Ecstasy of Gold - Capitol

Jerry Goldsmith - Stagecoach - Main Title - Mainstream

Jerome Moross - The Big Country - Main Title, The Welcoming - Screen Archives Entertainment

Jerry Fielding - The Wild Bunch - They Cleared Out/Buck's Arroyo, Judas Goat - Warner

Ennio Morricone - Once Upon a Time In the West - Man With a Harmonica - RCA

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