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Bruce Broughton - Concert & Credits

Discussion in 'Archive' started by thx99, Apr 9, 2003.

  1. thx99

    thx99 Real-life Harry Caul Moderator Playlist Author

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    Bruce Broughton will be conducting the Mission Chamber Orchestra at the Santa Clara (California) University Auditorium on Saturday April 26th, and I've been told that a work titled "An EPCOT Overture" will be featured. Oddly enough, a peek at the press release from the orchestra (http://www.missionchamber.org/030426-release.shtml) does not list the work, so maybe I was misinformed.

    In any event, has anyone heard of "An EPCOT Overture"? I've never seen or heard mention of such a piece before.

    The orchestra's site also has a link to a credits page for Broughton (http://chlartists.com/artists/broughtoncredits.html) and under the "Special Projects" section are listed his credits for the various Disney theme parks. Here they are:

    Cinemagique
    Disney Theme Parks / Paris Center

    One Man's Dream
    Disney Theme Parks / Epcot Center

    Golden Dreams
    Disney Theme Parks / California Center

    Seasons of the Vine
    Disney Theme Parks / California Center

    Ellen's Energy Crisis
    Disney Theme Parks / Epcot Center

    From Time To Time (U.S.A.)
    Disney Theme Parks / Circle-Vision

    Honey, I Shrunk The Audience
    Disney Theme Parks / Epcot Center / Disneyland

    From Time To Time (Euro Disney/Japan)
    Disney Theme Parks / Circle- Vision

    Mickey's Audition
    Disney Theme Parks / Disney World

    The Making of Me
    Disney Theme Parks / Epcot Center
     
  2. Dr. Know

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    Fascinating! I hope we find out more about this "Epcot Overture"! At the end of the list of works by Bruce Broughton that will be performed at the concert, it says "and more," so maybe this is it? Will anyone reading this board be able to attend? I would, except that I live on the other side of the country.

    As for Maestro Broughton's impressive Disney park music credits, I've said it before and I'll say it again: why doesn't any of this music get released? Correct me if I'm wrong, but the only music on the above list that has been commercially released is the selection from Seasons of the Vine. The Universe of Energy overture appeared only on a promotional cd put out by the composer through Intrada.

    ???
     
  3. thx99

    thx99 Real-life Harry Caul Moderator Playlist Author

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    It all comes down to Disney's lack of interest in releasing their music either on their label or any other label. I have no idea how Intrada was able to secure the rights to "Ellen's Energy Crisis". The fact that the 2-CD set was "promotional" may have something to do with it.

    I contacted Intrada a while back thanking them for including the "Ellen" track and inquiring about the possibility that they will release more of Broughton's theme park music. They replied with something to the effect of "don't hold your breath." :(
     
  4. SharonKurland

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    Well THAt'S encouraging. Not .

    -Sharon-
     
  5. rfeigels

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    "Ellen's Energy Crisis" is not on an Intrada album, it's on a composer produced promo that was created for Broughton's own use. I approached Disney about releasing all of Broughton's Disney Theme Park music, but they made it clear that only Walt Disney Records could release that music. I pressed further and asked if Walt Disney Records were to decline interest in releasing it (which clearly they have!), what opportunities there would be for a third party to release the music. They didn't have a response. I'm not sure what the issue is. You'd think a respectable cash offer plus royalties on property they have that isn't earning them anything would be attractive. Money is good. And it's not like we haven't released Disney soundtracks before like HONEY I BLEW UP THE KID and HOMEWARD BOUND. It's quite a mystery.

    Roger
     
  6. Dr. Know

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    Roger

    Thanks for chiming in... even though the news is bleak. What is the possibility of Broughton issuing more of his park music on a composer promo, as opposed to a commercial release. I know that isn't ideal -- far from it -- but since he has done such wonderful work for Disney, it would at least release the music in some fashion and enable it to serve a promotional purpose. And, yes, naturally, fans like me would hope to get their hot little hands on a cd as well. My big concern is that when certain attractions are phased out -- like Honey, I Shrunk the Audience -- Broughton's terrific musical contributions will be silenced forever. I know that sounds a little overly dramatic, but it would be a real shame.

    Bottom line: I know that John Debney and David Newman, to name two, have released a number of "composer promo cds" of their scores to Disney films... would Bruce Broughon want to do the same with his park music (and would Disney care)?
     
  7. thx99

    thx99 Real-life Harry Caul Moderator Playlist Author

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    Nice to read you outside of Filmus-L, Roger! :) You were the source I was paraphrasing from in my previous message. Hope you don't mind!

    I meant no harm in associating Intrada with the Broughton CDs. It is no secret that over the years, Intrada has championed a number of his releases on their label (17 currently listed for sale, including his classic rerecordings), and I first read about the promos on Intrada's website. For those reasons, I made the connection long ago and it still sticks.
     
  8. rfeigels

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    It's entirely possible, but again it would require Disney's approval. I believe Debney and Newman did get that approval. I could certainly see if Disney would permit that. As a label, though, Intrada doesn't really do promos anymore. Mainly because they were getting really abused and studios were losing interest in supporting those endeavors.

    I was thinking about this more, and what I find most amusing is...well, take SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES as an example. I would love to release Horner's score. We'd pay all the bills to do it properly. But we know that Disney won't license to a third party. Now look at the DVD of the film. What label is it on? A third party. So Disney will license the entire film to a third party, but not the soundtrack? It's strange. In the end, it may simply be that they're not interested in licensing because it's probably not worth their time, rather than reluctance to work with third parties. I really wish I could find the magic bullet that would get them to license their music catalog. But it elludes me...
     
  9. Dr. Know

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    Bizarre... Well, if Disney would allow Broughton to put out a promo cd, that would be fantastic! With Timekeeper mostly closed, there are few opportunities to hear his wonderful score to this attraction.
     

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