The Man From Snowy River Soundtrack by Bruce Rowland: Main Theme
The Man from Snowy River soundtrack was composed and conducted by Bruce Rowland (born 1942) and released by Festival Records.
The score utilised a 60-piece orchestra and was recorded at AAV studios in Melbourne. The soundtrack peaked at No. 48 on the Australian Kent Music Chart, and subsequently won best score at the 1982 AFI Awards and 1984 APRA Awards.
The Man from Snowy River was an enormous box-office success, and the highest-grossing Australian film to that date. Rowland composed a version of the ‘Main Title’ theme for the 2000 Summer Olympics opening ceremony, and both the ‘Main Title’ and ‘Jessica's Theme’ were reprised as part of the cast album soundtrack of the 2002 musical The Man from Snowy River: Arena Spectacular.
Following the success of The Man from Snowy River soundtrack, Rowland composed the scores for numerous movies in the 1980s and 1990s, including the sequel The Man from Snowy River II (1988).
Cover image: The Man from Snowy River album, 1982. NFSA title: 355583.