Feb 17, 2012

Epic Music: Rango

I love westerns, and Rango is one of the best westerns to come out in recent years. The following track is from a central action sequence involving hillbilly moles riding bats while giving chase to the heroes fleeing on a bird-drawn wagon carrying a water jug.

Ride of the Valkyries has been done to death in comedies. Ever since Apocalypse Now, the piece has been relegated to parody, and even then I often feel it's something that can be tricky to get right. When I first heard those strings I was worried. But then the banjo kicks in and takes over the lead of the music, making a wonderfully unique take on the piece. The flourish of the heroic motif at the end provides a perfect wrap-up to this great action piece.

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