Basil Poledouris: Conan the Barbarian


Banner for the world premiere recording of the complete Conan the Barbarian moveie score by Basil Poledouris

I’m kinda stoked about this – it looks like a special 2CD edition of Basil Poledouris‘ score to the film Conan the Barbarian has been recorded for Prometheus Records by James Fitzpatrick.  The original score was infamous for having scored 24 French Horns (yes, 24 French Horns) for the opening number of the score, Anvil of Crom.


I didn’t know much about the composer, but after reading the Wikipedia article about him, I was intrigued:

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Basil Poledouris credited two influences with guiding him towards music: the first was composer Miklós Rózsa, the second was his Greek Orthodox heritage. Poledouris was raised in the Church, and he used to sit in services enthralled with the choir’s sound.[2] At the age of seven, Poledouris began piano lessons, and after high school graduation, he enrolled at the University of Southern California to study both filmmaking and music. Several short films to which he contributed are still kept in the university’s archives.

I can definitely hear the Miklós Rózsa influence, but had never thought about the Greek Orthodox background.  After re-listening to some of the numbers from the score (and now that I have some understanding of musical traditions associated with the Eastern Church) I can hear that now too.

Here is the opening to the film, the aforementioned Anvil of Crom:

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Local Louisville Linkblogging

Earlier today I had the pleasure of attending the monthly meeting of GLMTA (Greater Louisville Music Teachers’ Association) as a guest of one of their members at the Strassweg Auditorium in the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library.

Local pianist, Denine LeBlanc, gave a delightful presentation titled “Staying Current” where she played and talked about new music resources available to music teachers really focusing on the idea that living composers are a great pedagogical resource that should be tapped into more than they are.  I picked up her latest CD, Weep No More, which is the second in a series of CDs she’s release featuring the compositions of Kentucky composers.


Later today, musicians of the Louisville Orchestra and the visiting resident orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra from Washington DC will give a concert to help benefit the Keep Louisville Symphonic non-profit organization.  The concert will feature University of Louisville School of Music Violin professor, Patrick Rafferty, playing Samuel Barber‘s Violin Concerto as well as other works by American composers from what I understand.  The concert is titled “A Celebration of Symphonic Music in America” and more information may be found at this link.


Speaking of the University of Louisville School of Music, there is a Composers’ Electronic and Electro-acoustic Music Concert at Bird Hall in the School of Music building beginning at 7pm.


I’ve recently been asked to perform at an upcoming Louisville Avant-Garde Concert Series in late June.  I’ll post more details about that and maybe post about some of my more “experimental” types of performances that I’ve given over the years.