Lotta great choices for this last one.
The epic ballad of Dimitri Tiomkins’ “High Noon.” (1952)
John Barry’s soaring “Dances With Wolves.” (1990)
I decided to eschew “epic” and “soaring”, opting instead for the old reliable:
I remember hearing somewhere that actress Audrey Hepburn had only a seven-note singing range. So, because Hepburn would be singing the song (unlike in My Fair Lady when “ghost singer” Marni Nixon sang for her), Henry Mancini was charged with the task of composing a seven-note-range melody.
He did ot.
And it is hauntingly beautiful.
There is some stuff in this arrangement I do not care for. The vocal chorale. Nor am I nuts about the lyrics – they seem preciously simple, rather than the real thing.
My suggestion: Listen to the harmonica. That’s where the money is.
I hope you enjoyed my personal excursion into film score arbitrariness. Of course there’ll be scores you like prefer over my subjective selections. Maybe you can let me know what they are.
You listened to mine.
I’ll listen to yours.
I will be back tomorrow with the stuff that I normally do.