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."