The International Press Academy (IPA) today announced its nominations for the 18th Annual Satellite Awards honoring Motion Pictures, Television, Blu-ray Discs, and Video Games. John Williams’ score for The Book Thief was named one of the top scores of the year along with Gravity by Steven Price, Her by Arcade Fire, Philomena by Alexandre Desplat, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by Theodore Shapiro, and Twelve Years a Slave by Hans Zimmer. The Satellite Awards ceremony will be held March 9 in Los Angeles. – Full list of nominees.
Film Music Magazine – If there’s one instrument that Williams has used to devastating effect, then it’s certainly the violin in the Hebraic scores to “Schindler’s List” and “Munich.” What’s interesting, and no less impactful about “The Book Thief” is that the solo violin is barely present. Instead, the predominant sound is harp, strings and piano, as mostly heard in a pensive, if not gently happy register reminiscent of Williams’ soundtracks to “Stanley and Irish” and “The Accidental Tourist” – one movie about a writer re-discovering his purpose in life, and the other about a unassuming man learning to read. – Full review *NEW*
“JOHN WILLIAMS RETURNS!”
November 8, 9 & 10, 2013, Chicago, IL
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by JOHN WILLIAMS
Gil Shaham, violin
Steven Spielberg and longtime artistic collaborator John Williams were among those attending Thursday’s celebration on the 20th Century Fox lot renaming the studio’s historic music building in honor of the late Lionel Newman, the prolific television and film composer. – Full article at The Hollywood Reporter — UPDATE: New report from The Film Music Society
December 18, 2013 7:30 PM, Severance Hall
The Cleveland Orchestra – David Newman, conductor
Composer John Williams’s delightful score performed live by The Cleveland Orchestra
A true holiday favorite, this heart-warming classic comedy comes to Severance Hall for one night only — with renowned composer John Williams’s delightful musical score performed live by The Cleveland Orchestra. This will be the first time an orchestra is playing the music live with a showing of the film. – Full details at the orchestra’s website
LOS ANGELES — At 81 years old, legendary composer John Williams is busier than ever, as he scores JJ Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII and is raring to work on Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones 5. John quipped that he expects to be working until he’s 100 and beyond.
“I’m quite a bit older than he,” John said of Steven, his frequent artistic partner. “It’s been, for whatever reason, always a wonderful relationship. Since he is younger than I am, I will try to keep up with him, do the music for Indiana Jones 5. I will try to keep up with the other gentlemen, including JJ Abrams, who’s doing Star Wars VII, and we will see how long my eyesight will hold out. —That’s the present state of things.”
On November 12, Grammy-winning pianist Gloria Cheng premiered the third and fourth movements of “Conversations”, a concert piece for piano solo written by John Williams in 2012. The first two movements had been performed by Cheng at Tanglewood (August 10, 2012) and the Mendocino Music Festival in California (July 22, 2013).
THE BOOK THIEF
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Music composed and conducted by John Williams
A Review by Mikko Ojala
The Book Thief – the newest addition to the filmography of John Williams – is notable not only as the only film project slated for him in 2013, but also for the fact that it is the first non-Steven Spielberg project he has composed for since 2005. The announcement that the famed composer was attached to the film came quite late in the game and took the film music fandom by surprise, and generated an increased buzz of excitement for the upcoming score – especially when the film was slated for an earlier than anticipated release by the studio.
Original Movie Soundtrack Of “The Book Thief” Set For Release On November 20
John Williams’ Music For A Moving Story About The Power Of Words
NEW YORK, Nov. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Sony Music is proud to announce the release of renowned composer John Williams’ original motion picture soundtrack of The Book Thief, a moving film by Brian Percival based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Markus Zusak. The Book Thief tells the inspirational story of a spirited and courageous young girl who transforms the lives of everyone around her when she is sent to live with a foster family in World War II Germany. The film stars Academy Award®-winner Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech), and Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves). The young Canadian Sophie Nélisse takes on the role of their adoptive daughter Liesel.