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Rough Riders
(1997)
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Co-Composed and Produced by:
Peter Bernstein

Co-Composed and Conducted by:

Album Produced by:
Douglass Fake
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Intrada Records
(November 18th, 1997)
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Regular U.S. release, but out of print as of 2003. Copies have sold for over $100 on the secondary market.
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Buy it... if you are an avid Elmer Bernstein completist and might be interested in hearing the legendary master of Westerns hand the reigns of the genre over to his son.

Avoid it... if only two interesting cues written by Elmer (as heard on the album) aren't enough to compensate for a rather generic and predictable Western underscore by Peter Bernstein.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #941
WRITTEN 12/27/97, REVISED 8/20/08
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Rough Riders: (Peter/Elmer Bernstein) In Rough Riders, a venture to the great plains of the television genre, acclaimed director John Milius tells the tale of the G Troop's heroics as their rough riding groups helps establish the United States as a major world power during the Spanish American War. With very few depictions of that war adapted onto film, Ted Turner's TNT celebrated the 100th anniversary of the conflict with a surprisingly accurate three hour perspective on Theodore Roosevelt's volunteer cavalry unit. As was typical for TNT films of the era, the project would be very well funded, and a significant budget was allotted for the score. The vast locations in the Southern U.S. and Cuba, as well as several extended scenes of riding, caused Rough Riders to be a film that would require a large-scale Western score, complete with a significant presence of themes with a number of different purposes. While Hollywood legend Elmer Bernstein turned down an inevitable offer to score the picture himself, his son Peter picked up the assignment and sought to create a Western score in his own style and voice. His intent was to blaze into new musical territory, quickly pointing out that he didn't want to retread on the worn sounds of previous Western material, and especially that of his father. Interestingly, though, Elmer Bernstein would step in to score one major theme for Rough Riders, amounting to about five minutes of material in its adapted sum. Elmer also agreed to conduct the score, adding yet another touch of his own flavor to the equation. The remarkable aspect of this contribution is that while Peter's music is certainly adequate for the genre, it is rather pedestrian when compared to Elmer's contribution, which is instantly recognizable in his usual style. Coming from the same sentimentality as The Magnificent Seven, Elmer's "G Troop" theme will bring back fond memories for any collector of the composer, and for those fans in particular, those sequences will easily be the highlight of the score.



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322 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.32 Stars
***** 87 5 Stars
**** 74 4 Stars
*** 65 3 Stars
** 50 2 Stars
* 46 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 53:23
• 1. Rough Riders Theme (2:49)
• 2. Artillery Duel (2:12)
• 3. Going to War (2:36)
• 4. G Troop to the Rescue* (4:13)
• 5. Charge (1:46)
• 6. Patriots and Outlaws (2:10)
• 7. Las Guasimas (3:33)
• 8. Training G Troop* (3:06)
• 9. San Juan Heights (2:28)
• 10. Final Assault (4:27)
• 11. Spaniards or Cubans (2:24)
• 12. Graveyard (0:52)
• 13. No Cowards Here (3:10)
• 14. Out West (3:41)
• 15. Wounded Soldiers (2:15)
• 16. In Cuba (1:37)
• 17. Assault on Kettle Hill (3:38)
• 18. Homecomings (5:23)
* contains the "G Troop" theme by Elmer Bernstein

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes extra information about the score and film, including the following note by Peter Bernstein (written in September, 1997):

    "Writing Music for Rough Riders presented the type of challenge that composers such as myself hope for a highly thematic score for a sweeping historical subject. In this case the subject was America's emergence as a world power but within that grand picture was a range of sub tests that all needed a musical voice. There were the individuals involved and their stories, G Troop where most of them end up, the Rough Riders as a whole, the Spanish American War of which they were a part and various locations in the U.S. and Cuba. There was also the challenge of writing a western score without revisiting old musical ground.

    I was immensely aided in this effort by the ability of John Milius to tell a story through both writing and directing thus clearing a path for me to tread. I would also like to think Larry Levinson and all the people at Larry Levinson Productions as well as TNT. Also thanks to Richard Kraft, Cheryl Tiano, and most especially my father for conducting the score and his contribution to the G Troop theme."
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