Once Upon a Time


Guest blog by Ruddy Adam.

Show Tune from “Once Upon a Time in the West”

We’re going to be sending out some show tunes among our music selections. This is a good one to get started with.

Audibly, the music gives us an exquisite electric guitar (both lead and bass), a beautiful whistler, a fine string movement moving into a horn solo, a banjo playing along with a galloping horse, a striking harmonica (for which the film is famous) combined with that exquisite electric guitar, all the while a full orchestra begins a build as a vocal chorus and an astonishing soloist joins in to a slightly cut off finish. Nevertheless, it is magnificent.

Visually, the video gives you excerpts from the film, which is one of the best westerns ever made, and finishes with a famous shootout scene with Charles Bronson, Jack Elam, and Woody Strode. Which actually took place at the beginning of the film.


The above is a collage of various scenes and sounds. This one is the theme itself. You get to see everything going on, and the singer is a Middle Soprano who stays strictly within her comfort area. You will hear from her a perfect 10 on the intone scale. It’s not often that you hear an operatic voice stay within their central area. Don’t miss this!

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This is the central harmonica piece from “Once Upon a Time in the West.” It is a fabulous piece, conducted by its author, and performed by a fabulous orchestra. It’s goosebump material.

“Man with a Harmonica,” by Composer, Conductor, Orchestrator, and Trumpeter, Ennio Morricone

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