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University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
College of Arts and Humanities
Department of Music
University of Hawai'i Bands
2011 Aloha Concert
@ McKinley High School Auditorium
April 25, 2011
Under the direction of Gwen Nakamura
This is the 2011 Symphonic Band performing:
"The Cowboys" Overture
by John Williams
arr. Jim Curnow
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John Williams is one of the best known, awardeded, and financially successful composers in U.S. history, having composed over eighty film scores. In a career that spans six decades, he has composed many of the most famous film scores in history, including those for Jaws, Star Wars, Superman, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Schindler's List, and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
This suite is a typical example of John Williams' capability to enrich a film story with an almost narrative musical score. Through music, we are transported to the Old West and experience the joys and hardships of cowboy life. Taken from the 1972 motion picture "The Cowboys" starring John Wayne and Roscoe Lee Browne, the music complements the story of a 60 year old Montana cattleman who enlists (and ultimately mentors) ten schoolboys as cowboys after the regular ranch hands have left with Gold Rush fever. The 400-mile cattle drive provides the boys with a different and harsher schooling as they learn the rigors of the job and have to deal with rustlers. The music conveys the high spirit of wild horses and their taming. Jollity around the campfire contrasts with the loneliness of the open range. The plains have a beauty, though, which is reflected in the song of a lark. The hard work of the cattle drive, including the fording of the wide, muddy river and dealing with many fears and threats, succeeds in maturing the boys into men.
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