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Robbery Under Arms
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CD Code: 1M1CD1013
Composer: Garry McDonald / Laurie Stone
Price: AUD$300.00
   
Robbery Under Arms (1985)
Composer: Garry McDonald / Laurie Stone
Conductor: Garry McDonald
Starring: Sam Neill
Directed by: Donald Crombie and Ken Hannam
Production Notes: Ivan Hutchinson, Cinema Papers, 1992 - "In the main title music, a march-like rhythm figure on the strings leads to the trumpet theme as contrast and, after a series of key changes, it is back to the main theme. The result is rousing and spirited. 

 

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Track Listing: 1.  Main Title 2.46
2.  Starlight and Aileen 1.24
3.  The Ride Home 1.36
4.  A Touch of Hands 1.42
5.  Dick's Arrest / Escape from Berrima / Homecoming 6.35
6.  The Cattle Drive  
7.  George's Rejection / Death of Billy / I Think it's your Husband 4.01
8.  Boom Town 1.05
9.  Gracey Misses the Boat 1.24
10.  Over the Cliff 1.05
11.  The Ring 2.27
12.  Trooper's Downfall / The Stampede / Adelaide 4.15
13.  Kate Fingers the Boys / I Promised Your Brother / She's Here in Dusty Creek / Go to Her / The Ruin of Us Both 4.40
14.  The Falkland Cup 3.35
15.  We're Home 2.04
16.  End Title 1.04

Notes:

Robbery Under Arms is one of the best film scores ever to come out of Australia, a large orchestral rousing score for this western adventure film about the infamous romantic Captain Starlight.

The story is based on Rolf Boldrewood's famous novel, and was shot simultaneously as a feature film and a six-hour television mini-series, with Sam Neill as Captain Starlight.

It was also one of the biggest film scores to be undertaken in Australia, and the CD incorporates music from sequences in both versions of the tale. The orchestra was conducted by Garry McDonald, co-composer and orchestrator of the score, and consists of four basic thematic elements. They include an epic adventure theme for Starlight with a romantic sub-theme, an Irish-style goldfields era folk melody, a happy-go-lucky theme for the Boomtown goldminers, and a Passicaglia which underscores Morringer and his troopers' pursuit of Starlight and his gang.

- Philip Powers

Ivan Hutchinson, Cinema Papers, 1992 - "In the main title music, a march-like rhythm figure on the strings leads to the trumpet theme as contrast and, after a series of key changes, it is back to the main theme. The result is rousing and spirited, undeniably Williams-like, but very effective. There is a spirited hoe-down and on tracks 9 and 15, in particular, there is some lovely haromnica from Horrie Dargie. An enjoyable disc."
 

  Also available by Garry McDonald / Laurie Stone:  The Flying Doctors, The Flying Doctors, Second Time Lucky, Second Time Lucky, Ocean Girl and Ocean Girl.

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