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Thursday, September 18, 2008


September Dawn
Music by William Ross
BSX Records BSXCD 8830 (US)
16 Tracks 45:11 mins

Christopher Cain's 2006 western September Dawn is described in the CD's liner notes as "a Romeo and Juliet relationship story, set against the background of the controversial real-life massacre of 120 men, women and children traveling through Utah in the nineteenth century." The film's cast includes Jon Voight, Terence Stamp, Lolita Davidovich and Dean Cain.
William Ross provided the music for the film, the album commencing mournfully with the "Main Title" and Steve Erdody's expressive cello solo. The mood is soon broken though, with the orchestra flowing eagerly to a close. The sunny, flute and violin-lead "Jacob's Scrutiny" follows. Then, after a sad piano refrain, a warm, romantic mood is established in "Jonathan and the Horse." Cello returns for the troubled "Jacob's Flashback" and "A Bad Bargain," where Bruce Dukov's violin joins in for something of a duet. Dean Parks' guitar leads the way in the tender "Exchanging Tokens." "Meeting of the Saints" has a suitably reverent feel, with cello again leading the way, before passionate strings join in to close. More romance follows with the sweet strings and guitar of "Love At First Sight." The mood changes again, with violin and cello leading the orchestra in the sad "Crazed Micah." followed by the desolate "Confrontation." The sad-happy progression continues with more warm romance in "Emily and Jonathan." "Death March" leads into a haunting female vocal refrain, leading on to the moving, cello-lead "Elegy," with again Windy Wagner lending her haunting vocals to the mix. The sorrowful mood continues with more passionate string writing for "The Meadow," and with solo cello introducing "Emily's Death," joined by the composer's own delicate piano playing, giving way to orchestra and then ending on a more uplifting note on solo violin. "Epilogue" ends the album with a brief reprise of the opening cello intro.
A beautiful score then, made all the more so by Ross' use of the noted soloists, and is highly recommended to those of you who are fond of emotional, melodic music.
This BSX Records release is limited to 1000 copies, so you'd best hurry and order your copy, as there may be but a few left. Go to


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