Bruce Broughton

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Bruce Broughton
Born (1945-03-08) March 8, 1945 (age 73)
Los Angeles, California
Occupation Composer
Years active 1970–present

Bruce Broughton (born March 8, 1945) is an American orchestral composer of television, film, and video game scores and concert works. He has composed several highly acclaimed soundtracks over his extensive career, and he has won nine Emmy Awards and has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score. Broughton is currently a lecturer in composition at the UCLA.

Career[edit]

Broughton has composed the score for many notable films including Disney films such as The Rescuers Down Under (1990), Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993) and its sequel, Lost in San Francisco (1996), as well as popular westerns such as Silverado (1985) and Tombstone (1993). Other films scored by Broughton include Harry and the Hendersons (1987), Miracle on 34th Street (1994), and The Boy Who Could Fly (1986). Additionally, he composed music for the video game Heart of Darkness, and the animated TV series, Tiny Toon Adventures. In 1994, Broughton also conducted the fanfare for the 20th Century Fox logo that was composed by Alfred Newman.

Silverado earned him an Academy Award nomination, though he lost the Oscar to Out of Africa. He has won nearly a dozen Emmy awards.[1][2][3]

Broughton is a member of the Board of Directors of ASCAP, a former Governor of both the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, a Past President of the Society of Composers & Lyricists, and a lecturer at UCLA and USC.

Broughton's song "Alone yet Not Alone," from the film with the same name, was originally nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song at the 86th Academy Awards. But on January 29, 2014, before any voting could take place, the nomination was rescinded, when the Academy alleged that Broughton, a former Academy governor who, at the time, was an executive committee member of the Academy's music branch, had improperly contacted other branch members.[4][5] "No matter how well-intentioned the communication, using one's position as a former governor and current executive committee member to personally promote one’s own Oscar submission creates the appearance of an unfair advantage,” said Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy President.[6] Not everyone agreed with the Academy's actions.[7][8]

Broughton is a graduate of the Punahou School in Honolulu, as well as the University of Southern California. He has taught at both USC and UCLA.

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Notes
1973-1975 Gunsmoke 5 episodes
1973-1979 Hawaii Five-O 18 episodes

Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series

1977 The Oregon Trail 4 episodes
1977-1983 Quincy, M.E. 64 episodes
1978-1979 Barnaby Jones 2 episodes
How the West Was Won 11 episodes
1979 The Paradise Connection Television film
1979-1985 Dallas 52 episodes

Won - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series

1980 The Return of Frank Cannon Television film
Desperate Voyage
1981 The Girl, the Gold Watch & Dynamite
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century 5 episodes

Won - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series

Killjoy Television film

Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series

1982 Desperate Lives Television film
The Blue and the Gray Miniseries

Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series

One Shoe Makes It Murder Television film
1983 M.A.D.D.: Mothers Against Drunk Drivers
Cowboy
This Girl for Hire
1984 The Master of Ballantrae
Passions
The Cowboy and the Ballerina
The First Olympics: Athens 1896 Miniseries

Won - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series

1985 Stormin' Home
1986 George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation
1985-1986 Amazing Stories 4 episodes
1989 Sorry, Wrong Number Television film
1990 The Old Man and the Sea Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series
1990-1992 Tiny Toon Adventures 11 episodes

Won - Daytime Emmy Award for Best Original Song

1992 O Pioneers! Television film

Won - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series

1995 JAG 2 episodes

Won - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music

1997 True Women Miniseries
1998 Glory & Honor Television film
Jeremiah
1999 Night Ride Home
2001 The Ballad of Lucy Whipple
2002 Roughing It
Damaged Care
First Monday 2 episodes
Bobbie's Girl Television film
The Locket
2003 Eloise at the Plaza
The Wonderful World of Disney 2 episodes
Lucy Television film
Eloise at Christmastime
2005 Warm Springs
The Dive from Clausen's Pier
2009 Safe Harbor
2015 Texas Rising Miniseries; with John Debney

Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Main Title Theme Music

2017 The Orville Main title theme and "Old Wounds" score

Film[edit]

Year Title Director Studio Notes
1983 The Prodigal James F. Collier Worldwide Entertainment
1984 The Ice Pirates Stewart Raffill Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
United Artists
1985 Silverado Lawrence Kasdan Columbia Pictures Nominated - Academy Award for Best Original Score
Young Sherlock Holmes Barry Levinson Amblin Entertainment
Paramount Pictures
Won - Saturn Award for Best Music
1986 Sweet Liberty Alan Alda Universal Pictures
The Boy Who Could Fly Nick Castle Lorimar Motion Pictures
20th Century Fox
1987 Square Dance Daniel Petrie
Michael Nesmith
Island Pictures
NBC Productions
Harry and the Hendersons William Dear Amblin Entertainment
Universal Pictures
The Monster Squad Fred Dekker HBO Pictures
TriStar Pictures
Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Music
Big Shots Robert Mandel Lorimar Motion Pictures
20th Century Fox
Cross My Heart Armyan Bernstein Universal Pictures
1988 The Presidio Peter Hyams Paramount Pictures
The Rescue Ferdinand Fairfax Touchstone Pictures
Moonwalker Jerry Kramer
Will Vinton
Jim Blashfield

Colin Chilvers

MJJ Productions
Lorimar Motion Pictures
Warner Bros.
Underscore for the "Speed Demon" and "Smooth Criminal" segments
Last Rites Donald P. Bellisario Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1989 Jacknife David Jones Kings Road Entertainment
Cineplex Odeon Films
1990 Betsy's Wedding Alan Alda Touchstone Pictures
Narrow Margin Peter Hyams Carolco Pictures
TriStar Pictures (US)
Universal Pictures (International)
The Rescuers Down Under Hendel Butoy
Mike Gabriel
Walt Disney Pictures
1991 All I Want for Christmas Robert Lieberman Paramount Pictures
1992 Honey, I Blew Up the Kid Randal Kleiser Walt Disney Pictures
Stay Tuned Peter Hyams Morgan Creek Productions
Warner Bros.
1993 Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey Duwayne Dunham Walt Disney Pictures
So I Married an Axe Murderer Thomas Schlamme TriStar Pictures
For Love or Money Barry Sonnenfeld Imagine Entertainment
Universal Pictures
Tombstone George P. Cosmatos Cinergi Pictures
Hollywood Pictures (US)
Entertainment Film Distributors (UK)
1994 Holy Matrimony Leonard Nimoy Interscope Communications
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment
Hollywood Pictures
Baby's Day Out Patrick Read Johnson 20th Century Fox
Miracle on 34th Street Les Mayfield
1996 Carried Away Bruno Barreto CineTel Films
Fine Line Features
Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco David R. Ellis Walt Disney Pictures
House Arrest Harry Winer Rysher Entertainment
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Infinity Matthew Broderick First Look Pictures
1997 Shadow Conspiracy George P. Cosmatos Cinergi Pictures
Hollywood Pictures
A Simple Wish Michael Ritchie The Bubble Factory
Universal Pictures
1998 Krippendorf's Tribe Todd Holland Touchstone Pictures
Lost in Space Stephen Hopkins Jim Henson's Creature Shop
New Line Cinema
One Tough Cop Bruno Barreto Stratosphere Entertainment
2004 Last Flight Out Jerry Jameson Worldwide Entertainment

River Stone Productions

Direct-to-video
Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers Donovan Cook DisneyToon Studios
Walt Disney Pictures
2006 Bambi II Brian Pimental DisneyToon Studios
Walt Disney Pictures
2011 The Pledge J.W. Myers Phase 4 Films
2013 A Christmas Tree Miracle Route 40 Films

Flyover Films

2017 Shot Jeremy Kagan Paladin

Concert work[edit]

Orchestral[edit]

Title Publisher
A Tiny Symphony for Strings Black Squirrel Music
American Hero for Orchestra Black Squirrel Music
Concerto for Piccolo and Chamber Orchestra Meridian Publishing LLC
Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra Edwin F. Kalmus & Co.
English Music for Horn and Strings Chester Music and Novello & Co.
Fanfares: Mosaic for Orchestra Brubel Music
Four Kinds of Walking: Suite for Strings Brubel Music
Mixed Elements for Orchestra Brubel Music
Saloon Music for Bb Cornet and Pit Orchestra Brubel Music
Silverado for Orchestra EMI Golden Torch Music Corp.
The Magic Horn For Orchestra and Narrator Shardice
Tryptych for Violin and Chamber Orchestra Shardice

Chamber music[edit]

Title Publisher
Blowhard for Horn and Piano Brubel Music
Sonata for Horn and Piano Ballad for Trombone and Piano
Sonata (Concerto) for Tuba and Piano Edwin F. Kalmus & Co.
Chambers for Solo Trumpet Curnow Music
In Memoriam for Solo Trumpet Brubel Music
Turbulance for Tuba and Piano Brubel Music
Oliver's Birthday for Trumpet and Piano Black Squirrel Music
Tent Meeting Revival with Hallelujah Wind-up for Euphonium and Piano Brubel Music
Remembrance for alto Saxophone and Piano Black Squirrel Music
Medium, Big, and Small Duos for Alto flute, Piccolo, and Piano Brubel Music
Bounce for Bassoon, Double String Quartet and Bass Brubel Music
Variations for Flute and Piano Black Squirrel Music
Gold Rush Songs Brubel Music
Concerto for Violoncello and 10 Instruments Brubel Music
Short Stories for Marimba and Piano C. Alan Publications
Five Pieces for Piano Brubel Music
Three Eighth Note Publications
Bipartition Shardice
There is Always Something to Do (For Morelle) Fatrock Ink
Timeline (1945 - ) Brubel Music
Tyvek Wood Fatrock Ink
The Fingerprints of Childhood Brubel Music
Bi Brubel Music
NeBRASSka Brubel Music
Conversations Brubel Music
Three American Porraits Black Squirrel Music
when a body meets a body Brubel Music
Hornworks for Five Horns and Tuba Brubel Music
Concert Piece for Eight Trumpts Black Squirrel Music
Euphonies Black Squirrel Music
Hudson River Valley Brubel Music
Fanfare for 16 Horns Brubel Music

Symphonic Band/ Wind Ensemble[edit]

Title Publisher
A Frontier Overture for Brass Band Winwood Music
American Hero for Symphonic Band Black Squirrel Music
California Legend for Brass Band Winwood Music
Celebration for Symphonic Winds Brubel Music
Concerto for Piccolo and Wind Ensemble Randol Music
Concerto (Sonata) for Tuba and Winds Edwin F. Kalmus & Co.
Excursions for Trumpet and Band Black Squirrel Music
Fanfares, Marches, Hymns & Finale Masters Music
Harlequin Winwood Music
In the World of Spirits Brubel Music
Masters of Space and Time Chester Music and Novello & Co.
New Era Ludwig Music Publishing Co.

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