Randy Edelman has been invited as the sole representative of American composers for November’s Congressional Creative Caucus in Washington D.C. in celebration of the film “Gettysburg.” The focus of the discussions will be centered upon both copyright and piracy issues as they relate to artists in many diverse areas of entertainment.
The music score of “Gettysburg” has become a staple both in concerts and events commemorating American history affairs including the Olympic broadcasts and many more. The most recent utilization of the score was its exclusive use for NASA’s Documentary “Dare Mighty Things”, which is scheduled to be shown as an example of the longevity and diversity of the dynamic soundtrack.
The purely superb dramatization of the crucial climax of the Civil War was a clash so enormous that whoever won The Battle of Gettysburg became destined to win the war. Brilliantly produced by Ted Turner and magnificently directed and screen-written by Ron F. Maxwell, the motion picture enjoyed moving and blue-chip performances by all. The siege unfolds as confederate General Robert E. Lee commands his troops into Pennsylvania leading to confrontations with Union forces. The film follows front lines as well as strategic maneuvers behind the scenes. Armed by the strength of human flesh and the will of man there was a whirlwind of disorder and violence and a blur of scarlet color and vicious motion as the war raged on. Deafening blood pounded in the ears drumming to a ferocious beat. The sound was barely enough to obscure the cries of men and the screams of injured beasts…..
However, le glaçage sur le gâteau was the triumphant soundtrack by Randy Edelman. His music magnified the screen with the scent of pervasive fear from the clashing bodies that howled amidst a sea of red liquid which drained from both friend and foe soaking the battlefield of Gettysburg. Edelman’s music fed the morale and saturated the momentum as air feeds fire. Pain from a thousand wounds filled the emotions of the tenacious but imperfect creatures of war. The blood and thunder theme is a musical and anachronistic convincing symphony.
Edelman’s Gettysburg music is again written forever in this side of history in the NASA documentary “Dare Mighty Things” which is said to be a quote from Teddy Roosevelt’s “Strenuous Life” speech. “Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure…than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight.
In both films Edelman’s larger than life score encourages feelings of honor for the country’s forefathers and the nation’s unity. His music communicates, moves and expresses emotions and ideas while mobilizing solidarity. Since the founding of the US, its citizens have shared victories and tragedies, endured economic depressions, global war, and continue to grapple with issues of race, class, and sex. They don’t always agree but their patriotism keeps them moving forward. The US constitution became the blueprint by which the nation was established and crafted for its vision of the future. Edelman’s score is the blueprint of the music that ties this all together and fosters that vision and belief timelessly.
About Randy Edelman
Randy Edelman is music’s Emperor with a career challenging the longevity that rivals that of the British Monarchy. The multi-award winning composer is one of the most impressive musicians on the planet and responsible for over 100 film and television soundtracks. Some include “Last of the Mohicans”, “My Cousin Vinny”, “Ghostbusters ll”, “The Bruce Lee Story”, “The Mask”, “Dragonheart”, “Kindergarten Cop”, and a vast array of others. Aside from his own charted pop hits he has had his songs covered by the most iconic artists of all times including Barry Manilow, Patti LaBelle, Nelly, The Carpenters, Bing Crosby, Olivier Newton John, Dionne Warwick, Willy Nelson, and an unlimited amount of others.
His recent upcoming film scores include Dutch director Ate De Jong’s Nashville saga “Heart Strings”, the family holiday caper, “Athena Saves Christmas”, the exorcism horror themed “The Possession of Anne”, and the documentary “Too Hot To Handle.”