Monday, May 15, 2023

Bruce Rowland - The Man from Snowy River [1982]


Bruce Rowland - The Man from Snowy River [1982]

Bruce Rowland's score for the 1982 Australian film "The Man from Snowy River" is a masterpiece of cinematic music. The film itself is a beloved classic, telling the story of a young man's journey to become a skilled horseman and win the heart of the woman he loves. Rowland's score perfectly captures the sweeping grandeur and emotional depth of the film and has become just as much of a classic in its own right.

The main theme of the score, "Jessica's Theme," has become one of the most recognizable and beloved movie themes of all time. Its haunting melody and simple, elegant instrumentation perfectly capture the film's sense of beauty and melancholy, and it has been covered and adapted by countless musicians over the years.

But the rest of the score is just as impressive, with Rowland utilizing a wide variety of musical styles and instruments to create a rich and diverse sonic landscape. From the driving energy of "The Chase" to the soaring beauty of "Jim's Ride," every track on the album is a testament to Rowland's skill as a composer and arranger.

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the score is how well it stands on its own as a piece of music. Even without the context of the film, the tracks on the album are powerful and evocative, painting vivid pictures in the listener's mind and eliciting a wide range of emotions.

Bruce Rowland's score for "The Man from Snowy River" is a true masterpiece of cinematic music, and a must-have for fans of both the film and movie scores in general. Its enduring popularity and impact are a testament to Rowland's skill and creativity, and it will undoubtedly continue to be celebrated and cherished for years to come. (B)



Track list

01 Bruce Rowland - Main Theme 1:31

02 Bruce Rowland - Jim's Ride 1:31

03 Bruce Rowland - The Chase 5:03

04 Bruce Rowland - Jessica's Theme (Breaking In The Colt) 3:20

05 Bruce Rowland - Henry Dies/Farewell To Frew 1:48

06 Bruce Rowland - Rosemary Recalls 1:24

07 Bruce Rowland - Mountain Theme 1:54

08 Bruce Rowland - Jessica's Sonata 0:50

09 Bruce Rowland - Jim Brings In The Brumbies 2:01

10 Bruce Rowland - Clancy's Theme 2:12

11 Bruce Rowland - The Brumbies 2:08

12 Bruce Rowland - Harrison's Homestead/Jim Gets His Horse 2:31

13 Bruce Rowland - Searching For Jessica 4:01

14 Bruce Rowland - End Titles 3:55




  1. THANK YOU!! I have listened to this soundtrack since it came out - had it on cassette after seeing the movie. You are absolutely correct about how good it is. I play it in the background in various situations, and people are always "I know that music" but never quite identify from where.

    1. Hi jim,
      It really is quite beautiful. Everyone should hear it at least once. Those who hear it will want to listen to it again and again, like me. Thanks for your comment.