Recommended Music: Bacalov's The Price of Power
I must’ve seen the movie at some point (the plot synopsis I read is very familiar…) and the music is really remarkable. Bacalov, while often thought of as a Morricone wanna be, is actually very much his own composer. His music is a bit more straight forward and uses more traditional instrumentation than the Maestro’s, but, really clearly captures period and and tone in a way that out classes even Morricone. (His soundtrack for il Postino being the most obvious example of that.)
He didn’t do anywhere near as many Westerns as Morricone, but, I’d put just about any of them up against 90% of Morricone’s work (GBU and Fistful of Dollars really are untouchable in the grand scheme of soundtrack albums.) The other big difference, for me anyhow, is that Bacalov’s filler music is infinitely more listenable. Morricone’s got those big amazing themes, but Bacalov’s got the sweet emotional roller coasters.
Coincidentally... you can find it on both iTunes and eMusic for much less than the import on Amazon...