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An epic soundtrack for an epic movie

Gettysburg is one of the best movies ever made, and certainly one of the longest. They did not skimp on the soundtrack for it either as a particularly special moment in American history recieves a series of particularly special music. Its also one of the few soundtracks that works on its own without the accompaniment of the movie


This most underrated movie is most definitely long, even very long, but stay with it. It is worth it. If, like me, a mere Englishman, the Gettysburg countryside, The Peach Orchard, Cemetery Ridge, The High Water-mark, Little and Big Roundtop and those fields across which Pickett's doomed charge was made are seared into your memory, the sheer horror of such violent, bloody and costly warfare set in such beautiful and peaceful surroundings are almost too much to bear.
I believe that this is accentuated by the care with which the film was put together, and the music is integral with all this. With several thousand dedicated reinactors who know what to do and how to do it - authentically - adds incredibly to the feeling of realism, as, naturally, does the choice of so many real Gettysburg locations.
The representation of the fighting at the Round tops, and then the final battle at the High Watermark of The South and its aftermath are shown in gruesome but not over-done detail. The vast ranks of men making Pickett's charge are not mere "extras" and are not created in CGI. Their disciplined drill and military movements of the soldiers, both "Blue" and "Grey" "in the field" demonstrate this and are a testament to the skill and dedication of the regiments of reinactors.
Each side is dealt with on its merits. The sense of not really wanting to fight here - at Gettysburg, but becoming almost inexorably drawn in when "My boys got their dander up" and disobeyed an order to withdraw, seems to have sealed the fate of the many thousands of men who died during the two or three days of the battle.
All the action, sweeping vistas of the Southern Pennsylvanian countryside juxtaposed with the more tender moments of the film are reinforced by Randy Edelman's evocative and atmospheric music. By turns martial and serene sentimental and stirring, it really does make the film what it is. Enjoy the music, but do watch the film itself. If you have the time also have a look at the prequel Gods and Generals which tells the story of the American Civil War up to the point when General Lee took his Army of Northern Virginia up the Shenandoah Valley and into The North in an effort to force a peace settlement.


Born: 10 June 1947 in Paterson, NJ

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Prolific film composer Randy Edelman was born June 10, 1947, in Patterson, NJ, and learned to play piano by ear and wrote his first songs at age 14. He briefly studied medicine at the University of Cincinnati before quitting school to pursue a career in music, eventually landing an arranging gig at King Records. In 1970, Edelman relocated to New York to work as a staff writer at CBS Records, concurrently playing keyboards in the Broadway production The Boyfriend. He issued his self-titled debut pop...
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