The first glimpse of John Williams’ action scoring for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was heard for the first time Sunday night during the American Music Awards telecast. The music can be heard in a new, 15-second clip featuring a scene from the film in which Rey and Finn, along with droid BB-8, race to a ship while running from attacking TIE fighters.
Below you can watch the original clip, and also hear the “music only” version:
John Williams will return to Tanglewood in 2016 for his annual ‘Tanglewood On Parade’ and ‘Film Night’ performances, which this year will take place on August 2 and August 13, respectively. Additionally, on Agust 26, Keith Lockhart will conduct the Boston Pops in a special screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark, with the entire film’s score performed live to picture.
Tanglewood On Parade (8/2)
Stéphane Denève, Giancarlo Guerrero, and John Williams, conductors Program to include Ravel’s La Valse and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture Fireworks to follow the concert.
John Williams’ Film Night (8/13) John Williams’ Film Night has long been established as one of the Tanglewood calendar’s most consistently appreciated evenings. Join Mr. Williams as he presents this year’s celebration of the music of Hollywood, and beyond, featuring the Boston Pops and special guests.
“Raiders of the Lost Ark” with Orchestra (8/26) The film that gave the world one of its greatest movie heroes, Indiana Jones, is back and better than ever before! Relive the magic on the silver screen of the original great adventure, Raiders of the Lost Ark, with John Williams’ epic score performed live by the Boston Pops.
In an interview published on Billboard Magazine Nov. 20, Disney Music Group President Ken Bunt talks briefly about the music for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the planned “collectible vinyl releases” of the soundtrack album:
Have you heard any of the Star Wars music yet?
“Yeah, we just finished scoring. It’s obvious what I’m going to say, right? It’s incredible; it’s John Williams. It matches the tone of the film and what the fans expect. We’ll release the soundtrack with the movie, day-and-date. That’s where the new Friday global street date is nice, because you don’t want any of the track titles to be spoilers for the movie.”
Any special plans for collectibles?
“We haven’t announced it yet, but there’ll be a whole series of collectible vinyl releases through 2016. It’s hard to announce a date, because the limited capacity of the manufacturing plants, but we can say spring. The vinyl manufacturing takes so long. They score the movie so late, it’s tight to make the CD release as it is.”
In the second of a series of six posts on the themes from the Star Wars films (the first being on the Force theme), JWFan member Mark Richards examines The Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme), first introduced in the saga’s second film, The Empire Strikes Back.
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One of cinema’s most famous soundtracks finally gets the deluxe 2-CD treatment it deserves! John Williams won a well-deserved Academy Award for his 1975 scoring masterpiece Jaws, directed by Steven Spielberg, featuring Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Shaw… and the most terrifying shark in movie history. Peter Benchley’s No. 1 best-selling book became a sensational hit under Spielberg, who himself claimed the John Williams music was responsible for at least half of the picture’s success.
J.J. Abrams talked about working with John Williams in an interview for WIRED that will be part of the magazine’s next issue. Here’s the full Williams-related excerpt:
“Oh my god! First of all, forget his talent and his achievement. As a person, he’s the guy you want to know more than anyone. He is the sweetest soul I’ve ever met. He’s like this jazzman who became one of the greatest composers of all time. He literally calls you “baby”! Like, “Hey, baby.” He calls me “J.J. Baby.” I waited all my life to meet someone who would call me that!
He works in pencil. You go to his home and listen to him play notes on the piano, and while you’re listening, you extrapolate what it will be like when you hear the melody with an orchestra. It is unforgettable, a truly miraculous thing to behold. He has every one of his scores leather-bound. I was like, “Do you mind if I …?” He goes, “No, go ahead!” So I pulled out the Jaws score, and sure enough, there it is, in pencil on paper: baaaa-bum, baaaa-bum. You’re like, “Well, that’s what he wrote!” It’s as if you’re hanging out with Mozart, who happened to score your favorite movies.
I know everybody knows this, but when you actually think about what he’s composed, it is as important as any work ever done on any of those movies. When you think about Superman and Raiders and Jaws and Close Encounters—which came out the same year as Star Wars—and then the Harry Potter movies? He is just superhuman. It’s unbelievable that he is as brilliant and yet as modest as he is. It’s just an amazing thing to get to know that guy.”