Question of the Week: 10/11-10/17/21

In your opinion, what’s the best movie score from a Civil War movie?

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23 Responses to Question of the Week: 10/11-10/17/21

  1. Mike Maxwell says:

    Glory (attached link posted by HenryvKeiper on 11 May 2008):

  2. Scott Shuster says:

    I’ll give you my top three, as I can’t ever decide which is my favorite!

    1. Cold Mountain
    2. Gettysburg
    3. Glory

  3. Duffy says:

    Horse Soldiers,Lincoln and Glory for the art direction and visuals…opening scene on the field with what seems like tens of thousands in Glory is the best..

  4. nygiant1952 says:

    “Ashokan Farewell,” and it’s the de facto theme song for the Ken Burns miniseries The Civil War,


    The score to “She wore a Yellow Ribbon”

    The score to “Fort Apache”

  5. nygiant1952 says:

    1. Ken Burns , “The Civil War”

    2. Score form “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon”

    3. Score from “Fort Apache”

  6. darylmcdonald0208 says:

    OK not a movie: Ken Burns’ PBS The Civil War. “Ashokan Farewell” the only modern day song (1982) in the series, played with Sullivan Ballou’s letter to his wife is indelible.

  7. Again, not a movie, but The Civil War’s “Ashokan Farewell” is so moving and beautiful. In 1991, I was fortunate enough to hear it live in concert with Jay Ungar (who wrote it) and Fiddle Fever.

  8. Answering the question asked: “Glory.”

  9. Frank "Skip" Shaffer says:

    The Main Title from the film “Gettysburg” by composer Randy Edelman. It is stirring beyond measure.

  10. John Pryor says:

    Gone With the Wind. Period. ? The movie is over the top, but the score is superb.

  11. John Pryor says:

    Gone With the Wind. Period. ? The movie is over the top, but the score is superb.

  12. Benjamin Allen says:

    _Glory_, because it has made me cry and stirs my emotions. I’m not the most lachrymose individual, so any movie that makes me shed tears becomes one of the greatest in my estimation.

  13. Randell L Bailey says:

    Gone With The Wind

  14. Douglas Pauly says:

    Spielberg’s “Lincoln”, “Gangs Of New York”, and “Ride With The Devil”.

  15. Trevor Rowland says:

    “Glory”, even though the music during the assault on Fort Wagner is a blatant rip-off of Orff’s “Carmina Burana”.

    Honorable mention that hasn’t been mentioned yet: “Gods and Generals”. It’s terribly misused in the movie, but I do love the score itself.

  16. Gregory Kolasa says:

    Glory, Gods and Generals, Gettysburg take your pick! All were wonderful musical scores!

  17. Dave Maxwell says:

    this may sound odd, but the music from The Searchers always appealed to me

  18. Natalie Kruse says:

    Tara’s Theme

  19. Taylor says:

    “Lorena” from the 1959 movie “The Horse Soldiers.” The opening theme of “I Left My Love” is good, but Lorena is melancholy and almost haunting.

    I suggest that “Shenandoah” not be overlooked. It has been in a number of movies, including, I think, “How the West was Won” (1962) and, of course, “Shenandoah” (1965).

    I love Ashokan Farewell, especially as played by Mairead Nesbitt of Celtic Women, but I don’t think it could be considered a movie theme.

  20. Trevor Rowland says:

    If we’re talking about music from the period used in Civil War movie scores, I think it’s hard to top the use of Idumea from the Sacred Harp in the Crater scene of “Cold Mountain”.

  21. WRC951 says:

    Morte Di Un Soldato (Death Of A Soldier) Ennio Morricone The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

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