Talking Soundtracks: Interview with Bruce Broughton Part 1


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Welcome to the first episode of the CINEMATIC SOUND RADIO NETWORK’S interview show TALKING SOUNDTRACKS WITH JASON DRURY.

Jason’s first guest is renowned orchestral composer of television, film, and video game scores and concert works, BRUCE BROUGHTON.

Broughton has composed several highly acclaimed soundtracks over his extensive career, has won nine Emmy Awards, has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score, and has contributed many pieces to music archives.

Broughton has composed the score for many notable films such as popular westerns Silverado (1985) of which the composer received an academy award nomination, and Tombstone (1993). Other films scored by Broughton include Young Sherlock Holmes (1985), Narrow Margin (1990), Harry and the Hendersons (1987), and The Boy Who Could Fly (1986). He has also written but for Disney films such as The Rescuers Down Under (1990), Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993) and its sequel, Lost in San Francisco (1996). Additionally, he composed music for the video game Heart of Darkness, and the animated TV series, Tiny Toon Adventures.

Broughton has also had a successful career in the concert hall with works performed by the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago, Seattle and National Symphonies, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Philharmonic, the Sinfonia of London and the Hollywood Bowl.

The composer is a member of the Board of Directors of ASCAP, a former Governor of both the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, a Past President of the Society of Composers & Lyricists, and a lecturer at UCLA and USC.

In April 2021 for TALKING SOUNDTRACKS, Jason talked to Bruce Broughton via Zoom at his home in Los Angeles, California. In part one of this two part interview, amongst other things, Broughton talks about his way into television scoring, his first film projects and his work on Silverado, Tombstone and Young Sherlock Holmes.

And of course throughout both episodes, you will hear samples of music from one of finest composers ever to work in film, TV, video games and the concert hall.


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