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The Alamo

composer

 
The 13-day siege of the Alamo Mission has been the subject of at least a dozen movies, not the least of which is The Alamo (1960), starring, directed, and passionately produced by John Wayne. To score this romanticised look at the battle for Texan independence, Wayne turned again to Tiomkin who received an Oscar for his score for Wayne’s The High and The Mighty (1954). For The Alamo, the composer produced a rousing score, highlighted in the suite by the Overture, the Davy Crockett theme and the Battle music. Wayne and Tiomkin also knew a song was needed for the last goodbye as Santa Anna’s forces make the final assault. Wayne said, ‘We need a serious song, a song that says it is time to die, time to leave’. Tiomkin and lyricist Paul Francis Webster wrote ‘The Green Leaves of Summer’: ‘A time just for plantin’, a time just for plowin’ … A time just for livin’, a place for to die’. Tiomkin was nominated for an Academy Award for his score and, with Webster, for the haunting song.

from notes by Jim Brown © 2011

Recordings

Tiomkin: The greatest film scores
Studio Master: LSO0720Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Suite: Overture – Davy Crockett – Battle – Epilogue

Track-specific metadata for LSO0720 track 2

Suite: Overture – Davy Crockett – Battle – Epilogue
Artists
ISRC
GB-DGQ-11-22002
Duration
12'58
Recording date
27 October 2011
Recording venue
Barbican, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
James Mallinson
Recording engineer
Neil Hutchinson
Hyperion usage
  1. Tiomkin: The greatest film scores (LSO0720)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: August 2012
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