The Alamo - Main Title~Dimitri Tiomkin





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Published on Mar 11, 2010

The Battle of the Alamo (February 23 March 6, 1836) was a pivotal event in the Texas Revolution. Following a 13-day siege, Mexican troops under President General Antonio López de Santa Anna launched an assault on the Alamo Mission near San Antonio de Béxar (modern-day San Antonio, Texas). All but two of the Texian defenders were killed. Santa Anna's perceived cruelty during the battle inspired many Texians—both Texas settlers and adventurers from the United States—to join the Texian Army. Buoyed by a desire for revenge, the Texians defeated the Mexican Army at the Battle of San Jacinto, on April 21, 1836, ending the revolution.

Committed to death inside the Alamo were 189 known patriots who valued freedom more than life itself. Many, such as the 32 men and boys from Gonzales who made their way through the Mexican lines in answer to Travis's plea for reinforcements, were colonists. Theirs was a fight against Santa Anna's intolerable decrees. Others were volunteers such as David Crockett and his "Tennessee Boys" who owned nothing in Texas, and owed nothing to it. Theirs was a fight against tyranny wherever it might be. A handful were native Texans of Spanish and Mexican descent who suffered under the same injustices as the other colonists.

As early as 1945, John Wayne decided to make a movie about the 1836 Battle of the Alamo. Wayne hired James Edward Grant as scriptwriter, and the two began researching the battle and preparing a draft of the script.
The film relaesed in 1960 starring John Wayne as Davy Crockett, Richard Widmark as Jim Bowie and Laurence Harvey as William B. Travis. The movie set, now known as Alamo Village, was constructed near Brackettville, Texas, on the ranch of James T. Shahan.

The name DIMITRI TIOMKIN (1994-1979) calls forth the image of one of Hollywoods most distinguished and best-loved composers. Whether the genre was Westerns, Drama, Comedy, War or Adventure, Tiomkins vivid and vigorous music helped bring nearly 200 feature films to life.

When John Wayne came to create his showpiece The Alamo it was therefore natural for him to turn to Tiomkin for the soundtrack. Notice that the Mexican tune played in "Rio Bravo" (1959 and starring John Wayne) was said in the film to have been played at "The Alamo" (1960) so naturally, Tiomkin used the same music in the later film. The composer also wrote a number of songs for the latter film (e.g. "The Green Leaves of Summer") which in part emphasise the homesickness and the heroism of the defenders. The soundtrack is most memorable for the stirring martial music depicting the relentless advance of the Mexican army.


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