Friday, March 06, 2015

Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove and James McMurty's new LP etc...

Last weekend Bonanza & Son decided to revisit the award-winning, American televised, Western miniseries ‘Lonesome Dove’ originally broadcast by CBS in February 1989…

Lonesome Dove starred Robert Duvall, Tommy Lee Jones, Diane Lane, Angelica Houston, Danny Glover, Robert Urich with many more notable actors and performances…

On this viewing we were particularly touched by the epic, perfectly emotive score as composed and conducted by Basil Poledouris and so subsequently included a track on this week's Bonanza & Son radio show on ResonanceFM.

Widely considered the creative apex of television scoring, Basil Poledouris' sweeping Lonesome Dove soundtrack is arguably the most compelling and effective orchestral music ever written for the small screen... It's also been described as the best Western score to appear in any medium in the last quarter century with an eloquence and slap-leather authenticity all its own. Poledouris' beautifully poignant score captures the fading grandeur of the American West in vivid detail whilst its panoramic arrangements evoke the wide-open spaces of a land not yet overrun by highways, skyscrapers and strip malls... Poledouris is most effective when exploring the rugged yet tender character of the men and women who made the frontier their own.

Lonesome Dove was based on Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. Larry’s son James McMurtry also starred in Lonesome Dove. The perfect and happy symmetry is that Larry has just released a fine LP 'Complicated Game' which we also featured on the show.

Larry McMurtry's original idea for Lonesome Dove was not in actual fact a novel at all but a feature film way back in 1972 entitled 'The Streets of Laredo'. It was originally intended that Peter Bogdanovich would direct the movie and that it would star James Stewart, John Wayne and Henry Fonda. Unfortunately the plans fell through when Wayne turned down the role which lead Jimmy Stewart to back out also and the project was subsequently shelved. Ten years later McMurtry resurrected the screenplay as his full-length novel and the rest is history.

Bonanza and Son - 4th March 2015 by Resonance Fm on Mixcloud


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