Gettysburg

Gettysburg: Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Composed and Conducted by Randy Edelman

Civil War buff Ted Turner took advantage of his considerable resources to produce an epic mini-series based off Michael Shaara’s Killer Angels, a historical novel on the Battle of Gettysburg which attempts to delve into the minds of a few of the key participants. It was decided that the film was good enough to have a theatrical run prior to its more successful stint on TNT. As a Civil War buff I have to say this is one of my favorite films thanks to its general accuracy. It’s long length allows various aspects of the war to be covered. It does have its flaws, two of which are understandably due to the budgetary limits of a film that was made for TV. One is the use of reenactors, which ensured accurate behavior and equipment, but also meant seeing a lot of soldiers too old or well-fed. Another is Randy Edelman’s reliance on synthesizers for his score. Continue reading

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