“On The Trail”
April 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pmFree
The West Valley Symphony of Utah performs:
“The Cowboys” Overture by John Williams
It’s kind of a shame that the western genre – which seemed to dominate films for so long – gradually died away, because there is surely no other genre that so inspires film composers, especially American ones. John Williams would seem to be a natural for the genre, but sadly he has only worked in it a few times. The Cowboys Overture is a real treat, possibly his best western score. Williams composed this overture for the 1972 movie of the same name that starred John Wayne as an ageing cowboy who takes a group of youngsters under his wing, and then follows them in a coming-of-age saga. Williams takes his cue from the likes of Copland, Moross and Bernstein to come up with a delightfully boistrous, engaging score.
“Last of the Mohicans” Suite by Trevor Jones
Composed for the 1992 movie of the same name, movie and film music composer, Trevor Jones, ties together the themes and moods in this suite. Most recognizable is the main theme called “Promentory”. Jones entwines and repeats this gut wrenching theme throughout the suite. Another theme, “The Kiss” is derived from a Scottish jig the movie directors wife listened to in her car. Next we have “Fort Battle” which has a driving rhythm of snare and bass drum accompanied by bass instruments keeping the upper winds, brass and strings moving along in their dischord and chaos. Lastly there is “Top of the World” which re-introduces the “Promentory” theme and draws the suite to a satisfying conclusion.
Grand Canyon Suite by Ferde Grofé
This is a wonderful tone poem of five movements that aurally persuade the listener to imagine the beauty, majesty and mystery of the Grand Canyon. It musically paints pictures of sunrise and sunset, an evening thunderstorm, and also the calm along the trail as it winds it’s way down into the colorful and surprising landscape. Grofé composed this Suite between 1928 and 1931. It was the main music to the short 1958 Walt Disney film “Grand Canyon”, directed by James Algar. It features color film of the landscapes, weather conditions, and grand views typical of this national treasure.