Emmy-winning composer Bruce Broughton to donate music scores to UNT Music Library

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - 11:49

DENTON (UNT), Texas – Emmy-winning composer Bruce Broughton has made a commitment to donate his collection of music scores for film, television, video games, theme parks and concert music to the University of North Texas Music Library in support of the media music initiatives in the UNT College of Music.

Broughton is best known for his many film scores, which include “Silverado,” “Tombstone,” “The Rescuers Down Under,” “The Presidio,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” the “Homeward Bound” adventures and “Harry and the Hendersons.” His television themes include “JAG,” “Steven Spielberg’s Tiny Toon Adventures,” “Dinosaurs” and, most recently, “The Orville.” His scores for television range from mini-series like “Roughing It” and “The Blue and Gray,” to TV movies like “Warm Springs” and “O Pioneers!” to episodes of television series such as “Dallas,” “Quincy,” “Hawaii Five-O” and “How the West Was Won.”  

With 24 nominations, Broughton has won a record 10 Emmy Awards. His score to “Silverado” was Oscar-nominated and his score to “Young Sherlock Holmes” was nominated for a Grammy. His music has accompanied many Disney theme park attractions throughout the world. Broughton’s score for “Heart of Darkness” was the first recorded orchestral score for a video game. In the spring of 2016, he also arranged a commercial album of songs from motion pictures and Broadway for the multi-talented Seth MacFarlane.

“I chose to give my music manuscripts to the University of North Texas because I knew that they would be well cared for, well maintained, carefully cataloged and made available for study,” Broughton said. “Additionally, I have the greatest admiration for the UNT College of Music, for its programs, its faculty and its commitment to musical education bridging a wide range of styles, creative interests and contemporary media. It’s a really great school and a great home for my work.”

The announcement was made by John W. Richmond, professor and dean of the UNT College of Music, at a gala performance exclusively of works by Broughton, who was in attendance. 

“We are thrilled and humbled to receive this significant collection of Bruce Broughton’s music, recognizing the impact Mr. Broughton has had in the TV/film/media music industry internationally. This is tremendous for our university and especially for our College of Music. We could not be more grateful,” Richmond said.

Broughton is a board member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, a former governor of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as well as past president and founding member of The Society of Composers and Lyricists.

He has been media-composer-in-residence at UNT since spring 2017.

About the UNT College of Music

The College of Music is the largest public university music program in the United States and is one of the most globally respected. The College of Music offers fully accredited degrees from the bachelor through doctoral levels. Faculty include internationally acclaimed artists and scholars in composition, commercial music, conducting, ethnomusicology, jazz studies, music education, music entrepreneurship, music history, music theory, performance, performing arts health and world music. The College presents more than 1,100 concerts and recitals annually. UNT music alumni can be found around the world in impressive, award-winning careers across a wide-range of music professions. Visit the College of Music at http://music.unt.edu and connect with the College of Music on Facebook at Facebook.com/UNTCollegeofMusic,Instagram.com/untcollegeofmusic and on Twitter at @UNTCoM.

About the UNT Music Library

The UNT Music Library supports the scholarly and performance research needs of the College of Music by collecting and preserving monographs, reference works, periodicals, printed music and sound recording formats, as well as subscribing to electronic databases for research and streaming music. Special collections are a particular strength of the Music Library’s holdings, emphasizing the many genres classified under Western art music and jazz, but also popular music and various sub-genres. Ten full-time staff and around 30 student assistants also provide reference and access services, ensuring that the College of Music and all outside researchers are able to locate and access music materials.

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