If Bruce Broughton remains unknown outside the realm of hardcore cinephiles and soundtrack collectors, it's because his best scores rarely had the good fortune to accompany commercially successful films. His work on Barry Levinson's 1985 box-office disappointment Young Sherlock Holmes is a particularly vivid case in point, and may in fact represent the composer's most imaginative and fully realized work to date. Broughton's melodies crackle with an intelligence and whimsy that capture the absolute essence of the Holmes character, strengthened by arrangements that evoke the style and sensibility of Victorian-era England in ravishing detail. By turns romantic, comedic, and suspenseful, Young Sherlock Holmes is a veritable master class in film music, and its relative obscurity is as criminal as anything Prof. Moriarty ever schemed.
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