Following a DGA screening of Bridge of Spies in New York on October 7, Steven Spielberg had a conversation about the making of the film with Director Martin Scorsese, where he commented on the reasons why Williams was replaced with Thomas Newman for writing the film’s score. Below is a transcript of the relevant part:
Recording sessions for Star Wars: The Force Awakens are still taking place according to Doug Adam’s most recent tweet, which shows a photo of John Williams posing with his brothers on October 13. The movie will be released worldwide December 16-18.
— Doug Adams (@DougAdamsMusic) October 13, 2015
For the first time in AFI history, America’s highest honor for a career in film will be bestowed upon a composer. John Williams will receive the 44th AFI Life Achievement Award in 2016.
“John Williams has written the soundtrack to our lives,” said Sir Howard Stringer, Chair, AFI Board of Trustees. “Note by note, through chord and chorus, his genius for marrying music with movies has elevated the art form to symphonic levels and inspired generations of audiences to be enriched by the magic of the movies. AFI is proud to present him with its 44th Life Achievement Award.”
John Williams’ storied career as the composer behind many of the greatest American films and television series of all time boasts over 150 credits across seven decades. Perhaps best known for his enduring collaboration with director Steven Spielberg, his scores are among the most iconic and recognizable in film history, from the edge-of-your-seat Jaws (1975) motif to the emotional swell of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) and the haunting elegies of Schindler’s List (1993). Always epic in scale, his music has helped define over half a century of the motion picture medium. Three of Williams’ scores landed on AFI’s 100 Years of Film Scores — a list of the 25 greatest American film scores of all time — including the unforgettable Star Wars (1977) soundtrack, at number one. With five Academy Award® wins and 49 nominations in total, Williams holds the record for the most Oscar® nominations of any living person.
Williams will be honored at a gala Tribute on June 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. The AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute television special will air on TNT later that same month, followed by an encore presentation on Turner Classic Movies.
Source: American Film Institute
This limited, numbered edition of the original album of John Williams’ 1977 masterpiece has been remastered by Steve Hoffman, improving on the DVD-Audio edition released in 2004.
The first-ever recording of John Williams’ Viola Concerto, a piano reduction of the piece performed by violinist Victor de Almeida with Mitsuko Morikawa on piano, has been made available on YouTube.
The 26-minute concert piece is comprised of three movements: ‘Moderato’, ‘Presto Assai’ and ‘Boldly (A Piacere)’.
Originally composed for violinist Cathy Basrak, the orchestra version premiered on May 26, 2009 in Boston, with Williams conducting the BSO.
The renowned American composer who is completing the soundtrack to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, says the roots of his high profile musical career can be traced back to two years he spent in St. John’s in the early 1950s. “Unquestionably, it’s all one link,” said John Williams. – Full article at CBCNews
StarWars.com has announced that the original soundtrack albums for the first six Star Wars films will be reissued by Sony Classical in three new editions: vinyl, CD and high-definition downloads, on January 8, 2016.
According to the Amazon.com track listings, the contents of each release will be as follows:
- Star Wars: The Ultimate Vinyl Collection (11-Vinyl Box Set)
The Phantom Menace – Original 1999 soundtrack album reissued on 2LP
Attack of the Clones – Original 2002 soundtrack album reissued on 2LP
Revenge of the Sith – Original 2005 soundtrack album reissued on 2LP
Star Wars – Original 1977 2LP soundtrack album reissued on 2LP
The Empire Strikes Back – Original 1980 2LP soundtrack album reissued on 2LP
Return of the Jedi – Original 1983 1LP soundtrack album reissued on 1LP
— Each of the six film soundtracks in deluxe gatefold sleeves faithfully replicating the original artwork.
Audio was transferred from the original LP masters using the highest resolution (up to 192kHz/24bit) and pressed with heavy 180gram vinyl. The six soundtrack set (on 11 LPs) is presented in a black, soft-touch laminated slipcase with an embossed, hot silver foil Star Wars logo and includes a digital download card for one complete box set (all six soundtracks). – Amazon.com pre-order.
- Star Wars: The Ultimate Soundtrack Edition (10 CDs + 1 DVD)
The Phantom Menace – Original 1999 soundtrack album reissued on 1CD
Attack of the Clones – Original 2002 soundtrack album reissued on 1CD
Revenge of the Sith – Original 2005 soundtrack album reissued on 1CD
Star Wars – 1997 2CD Expanded Edition reissued on 2CD
The Empire Strikes Back – 1997 2CD Expanded Edition reissued on 2CD
Return of the Jedi – 1997 2CD Expanded Edition reissued on 2CD
Bonus CD featuring audio interviews with Harrison Ford and John Williams
Star Wars: A Musical Journey – Re-release of the 2005 DVD highlighting select musical themes alongside key sequences from the films.
— Released in mini-album jackets. Including a fold-out poster and three collectable stickers.
- Star Wars: The Ultimate Digital Collection - Same contents as The Ultimate Vinyl Collection, available for the first time as high-definition downloads (The original 2LP album of The Empire Strikes Back will be available digitally for the first time ever).
The Filmharmonic Brass, a group of seven of the top brass players from New York who exclusively perform and record film music, is running a Kickstarter campaign for their debut album ‘The Music of John Williams’, which is set to include all-new arrangements of music from Star Wars, Jaws, E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Indiana Jones, and many more.
The ensemble is the brainchild of Dominic Derasse, who has been recorded on over 70 motion picture soundtracks including Mission to Mars, Batman Forever, Aladdin and Beauty & the Beast.
Visit their Kickstarter Campaign page for more details (Includes video presentation)
On October 6, La-La Land Records will release a limited edition 12-CD box set of music from the classic Lost in Space television series, including all John Williams’ scores from the series, among which the premiere release of Williams’ complete original recording of the score to the episode “The Reluctant Stowaway” as conducted and recorded by Williams himself.
On October 23, Sony Classical will re-issue the original soundtrack album of John Williams’ score for Home Alone, in celebration of the movie’s 25th anniversary. The new edition features the same content as the original release, which can still be found on Amazon and other retailers. La-La-Land’s expanded edition of the score is currently out of print.