The score from TRUE GRIT (just watched it for the first time) by Elmer Bernstein was the typical sweeping lush music of that era, the kind we came to associate with Westerns and wide-screen films. Every note seems familiar although I never saw the movie before last night. The only vocals come from Glen Campbell in the title song.
Now I am fairly sure with the new version in December the music will be very different. It will probably feature country music from that era. More authentic but perhaps not as evocative.
Do scores from composers like Bernstein still evoke the West to you? Or will a score full of fiddles, church music, tinny pianos and mandolins bring Arkansas home?