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Bruce Broughton
Occupation(s) Composer
Years active 1970–present

Bruce Broughton 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 ten Emmy Awards and has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score, and has contributed many pieces to music archives. Broughton is currently a lecturer in composition at the UCLA.

Career

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 Young Sherlock Holmes (1985), Baby's Day Out (1994), 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 Studios 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.

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 But on January 29, 2014, before any voting could take place, the nomination was rescinded, when the Academy alleged that Broughton, a former Academy governor who, at the time, was an executive committee member of the Academy's music branch, had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. "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. Not everyone agreed with the Academy's actions.

Broughton has written many pieces for performance of Salvation Army brass bands, including "Covenant." 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.

Concert work

Orchestral

Year 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

Year 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 Trumpets Black Squirrel Music
Euphonies Black Squirrel Music
Hudson River Valley Brubel Music
Fanfare for 16 Horns Brubel Music

Symphonic Band / Wind Ensemble

Year 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.
2018 Quaternity for Trombone and Symphonic Winds Brubel Music

Awards

  • Emmy Award wins:
    • Warm Springs: Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Dramatic Underscore), 2005
    • Eloise at Christmastime: Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Dramatic Underscore), 2004
    • Eloise at the Plaza: Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Dramatic Underscore), 2003
    • Glory & Honor: Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Dramatic Underscore), 1998
    • O Pioneers!: Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Dramatic Underscore), 1992
    • Tiny Toon Adventures: Outstanding Original Song for main title theme (shared with lyricists Wayne Kaatz and Tom Ruegger), 1991
    • The First Olympics: Athens 1896: Part 1, Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series or a Special (Dramatic Underscore), 1984
    • Dallas: Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore) for episode "The Letter", 1984
    • Dallas: Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore) for episode "The Ewing Blues", 1983
    • Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore) for episode "The Satyr", 1981
  • Emmy Award nominations:
    • The Dive from Clausen's Pier: Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Dramatic Underscore), 2006
    • First Monday: Outstanding Main Title Theme Music, 2002
    • True Women: Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries or a Special (Dramatic Underscore), 1997
    • JAG: Outstanding Main Title Theme Music, 1995
    • The Old Man and the Sea: Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries or a Special (Dramatic Underscore), 1990
    • Two Marriages: Outstanding Music and Lyrics for the song "Home Here" (shared with lyricist Dory Previn), 1984
    • The Blue and the Gray: Part 2: Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series or a Special (Dramatic Underscore), 1983
    • Quincy, M.E.: Outstanding Music and Lyrics for the song "Quincy's Wedding Song" from the episode "Quincy's Wedding", part 2 (shared with lyricist Mark Mueller), 1983
    • Killjoy: Outstanding Music Composition for a Limited Series or a Special (Dramatic Underscore), 1982
    • Dallas: Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore) for the episode "The Search," 1982
    • Dallas: Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore) for the episode "The Lost Child," 1980
    • Hawaii Five-O, Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore) for the episode "The $100,000 Nickel," 1974
  • Academy Award nominations
    • Silverado, Best Original Score (1986)
  • Grammy Award nomination
    • Young Sherlock Holmes
  • Saturn Award
    • Young Sherlock Holmes: Best Music, 1985
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