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True Women
(1997)
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Composed, Conducted, Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Performed by:
The Sinfonia of London
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Intrada Records
(May 20th, 1997)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Nominated for an Emmy Award.
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Buy it... if you enjoy large-scale television Western scores like Lonesome Dove and Buffalo Girls and want to hear one of Bruce Broughton's best ventures into the genre.

Avoid it... if only a small dose of typical Broughton action material can't justify the very lengthy sequences of quiet and respectful pastoral beauty.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,017
WRITTEN 6/13/97, REVISED 12/15/06
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True Women: (Bruce Broughton) Even as it would have seemed that the viability of massive Western productions for television should be reaching its natural end, Hallmark's True Women proved the genre still viable in 1997. The story progresses through the lives of three women starting in 1853 and follows their maturation over the course of 4 solid hours. While the film focuses on the personalities of these women, the usual array of wider issues is explored, ranging from politics, prejudice, sexuality, and slavery to death. Of particular note is the death, for there are plenty of heartbreaking moments in True Women. The difficulties of the era are soothed in some regards by composer Bruce Broughton, whose lengthy score for the film gained True Women its only Emmy award nomination. By 1997, Broughton was a respected veteran of Western scores, and his nomination here should have come as no surprise. If you look at the careers of Broughton, Basil Poledouris, and Lee Holdridge, all three have experienced significant success in the genre. Poledouris' Lonesome Dove is the standard for television Western music, and Holdridge remains the leader of the pack in the quantity of work in the area. But many could argue that Broughton's music for the Western is more consistently of high quality. Both his feature scores for Silverado and Tombstone are widely considered among the best in the genre's modern age, and his television score for How The West Was Won has also been recognized for its effectiveness. While True Women may not be as heroic or flashy as other scores in the genre, it is without a doubt one of the better ones in existence. Broughton returns to record once again with The Sinfonia of London, a group that served him well on Tombstone and several re-recordings of Golden Age scores for the Intrada label. While the results from this ensemble can be debated occasionally, there is no doubt that they are in form for True Women.



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Average: 3.4 Stars
***** 114 5 Stars
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Marvelous score
franz_conrad - July 24, 2007, at 9:57 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 73:56
• 1. Main Title (3:04)
• 2. Phemie Joins Sarah (2:49)
• 3. Setting Out (2:32)
• 4. Bartlett's Sonnet (1:53)
• 5. Night Raid (2:24)
• 6. The Sketch (1:31)
• 7. Campfire Concerns (2:59)
• 8. Passings and Crossings (6:44)
• 9. Bartlett Returns (1:07)
• 10. The Barn Fire (1:56)
• 11. The Lynching (3:47)
• 12. Trail of Tears (1:45)
• 13. Big Elm Draw (3:23)
• 14. The Dove (1:46)
• 15. Family Christmas (1:36)
• 16. Mattie is Returned (5:34)
• 17. Shoot Me, Then Yourself (6:09)
• 18. Tarantula Saves Sarah (4:45)
• 19. Seguin (1:40)
• 20. Harvesting Babies and Cotton (2:07)
• 21. William and Phemie (2:10)
• 22. So Accustomed to Grief (2:21)
• 23. Georgia Kills Haller (1:43)
• 24. Georgia's Death (3:05)
• 25. Reminiscences (4:31)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert contains a note from Broughton about the score.
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