Directed by: John Ford
Starring: Tom Santschi, J. Farrell MacDonald, Frank Campeau, Olive Borden, George O'Brien
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Running time: 93 minutes

Instrumentation List

3 Bad Men (2010):

2 Flutes (2nd dbl. picc.)
2 Oboes (2nd dbl. e.h.)
2 Clarinets (2nd dbl. b-clt.)
2 Bassoons
4 Horns
2 Trumpets
3 Trombones

Percussion (3 players)
Strings (14,12,10,8,6)


Scoring Ford's 3 Bad Men

When approaching the scoring of Three Bad Men, it was clear from the beginning that I had to draw from two, equally strong ‘memories’: that of my own family (my Irish grandfather and his stories on the Oklahoma land rush), and that of my symphonic upbringing, shaped by quintessentially American, yet heavily European-influenced, musicians. Composers like David Diamond, Aaron Copland, Roy Harris, Virgil Thomson who were first and foremost students of Nadia Boulanger.
Following their example, I approached this score trying to express a clear American voice through a European ear.

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