Excerpts from the original score for Steven Spielberg’s The BFG were used as background music at the premiere of the film at the Cannes Festival, May 14. You can listen to John Williams’ score for the film at 11:07 into the YouTube video.
Los Angeles-based composer Dan Redfeld announces the recent release of Across the Stars: The Music of John Williams For Solo Piano from BSX Records.
“The music can translate to pretty much anything and it will still communicate an incredibly emotional, powerful idea,” said Redfeld of John Williams’ work. “We hope the public hears that John isn’t just a one-note, blockbuster composer. His skills are much more multi-faceted and he has a created a body of work which is complex but always memorable and melodic. He’s definitely the greatest American composer since Bernstein or Copland and in a class all by himself.”
Williams’ career will be celebrated at a private Gala Tribute on June 9, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA. The televised special, AFI LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: A TRIBUTE TO JOHN WILLIAMS, will air on TNT on June 15 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/ PT), followed by an encore presentation on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) on September 12 during a night of programming dedicated to John Williams.
In an interview published in the Official Disney Fan Club magazine, director Steven Spielberg shared details on making The BFG, including working with John Williams on the film’s score:
In terms of the movie’s music, it’s no surprise that Spielberg would turn to his longtime collaborator John Williams, a five-time Oscar winner who has scored most of Spielberg’s films since 1974. “I will tell John my story by showing him my cut and he goes away and eight weeks later, he tells a story musically,” Spielberg explains. “He has done this brilliantly with ‘The BFG.’ Every moment is accompanied by a little bit of a musical reminder that there is another layer of story being told.”
Retired NBA superstar Kobe Bryant will turn his love poem to hoops, “Dear Basketball,” into a short animated film and a related series of projects to be distributed exclusively on Sports Illustrated digital properties. The short will be narrated by Bryant and directed by Glen Keane, the animator who has worked on such classic films as “Aladdin,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Tangled.” John Williams, the five-time Oscar-winning composer whose credits include “Star Wars,” “Jaws,” the “Indiana Jones” series, “E.T.,” “Jurassic Park” and the “Harry Potter” films, will write the score for the animated ode to basketball.
“’Dear Basketball’ is the perfect tribute to something I’ve loved for so long. Glen and John are two legends in their industries, so to partner with them on the creative process is a dream come true,” – Full article at Variety
‘John Williams: The Philharmonic Concert’
A Tribute to John Williams – Music from the Films of Steven Spielberg
The Sinfonia Pop Orchestra conducted by Constantin Rouits
Recorded April 30, 2016 at the Grand Rex in Paris, France.
“Creative breakthroughs in the face of personal trauma aren’t unusual in the lives of artists. “It makes or breaks people,” Williams said. “I was young and my wife was very young. Had I been 20 years older, I would’ve been less able to restart my life. Immediately thereafter, I did feel differently about working, especially with music. I can’t quantify or describe what it did. But we do change. All life experience does that. We have accidents. We have happy things. Having three teenage children at the time required a lot of focus and strength, being a single parent. . . . We could talk for a week about this.” – Full article at Philly.com