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Circus World


Circus World (1964), released in the UK as The Magnificent Showman, reunited Tiomkin with producer and fellow Russian immigrant Samuel Bronston, for whom he also scored The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) and 55 Days at Peking (1963). Circus World, directed by Henry Hathaway, stars John Wayne, Rita Hayworth and Claudia Cardinale, with Wayne as an American circus impresario who takes his ‘big tent’ on a disastrous European tour. The early 1900s setting allowed Tiomkin to write an original score which tapped into the American folk-song idiom, incorporating such tunes as ‘Oh! Susanna’, ‘Turkey in the Straw’, and ‘Sweet Betsy from Pike’, as well as music by John Philip Sousa and Stephen Foster. Tiomkin dedicated the toe-tapping, circus-flavoured march in the score to his friend Wayne and fittingly titled it ‘The John ‘Duke’ Wayne march’.

from notes by Jim Brown © 2011


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


Extract: The John 'Duke' Wayne march

Track-specific metadata for LSO0720 track 13

Extract: The John 'Duke' Wayne march
Recording date
27 October 2011
Recording venue
Barbican, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
James Mallinson
Recording engineer
Neil Hutchinson
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  1. Tiomkin: The greatest film scores (LSO0720)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: August 2012
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