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  1. 11 points
    I work in legacy fundraising/development in the orchestra sector (Basically... being in peoples last wills). A "bequest" is a portion of the last will that is conditional upon death. As he has likely had a will for some time, he probably gave them the library a long time ago, but simply hasn't announced until they gave him this award. I'm sure their development department wanted to announce it as part of the event to make sure it got press. But basically, they won't get it until he passes. It's important to save space for it though and be prepared; especially with the volume of work he has. It probably exceeds many of the great european composers in output and I'm expecting a ton of unreleased compositions he wrote out of boredom or scrapped projects. As Williams is quite the philanthropist, I'm not surprised, but also also very pleased that he recognizes that his works should be preserved properly. They'll likely be accessible by everyone barring any copyrights - though he may have released all the rights he owns in the bequest as well; which would be unprecedented. It's likely that his estate will continue collecting royalties for decades. Julliard will have the original manuscripts to study though and will hopefully scan most of them before they start degrading (I imagine some are in poor shape already) and any one who has access to any university library should be able to access. That's how most are done. The original manuscripts are often less controlled than the final stuff owned by Hal Leonard, etc. The hard part is cataloging them all, which will take a number of years, but Williams is said to be meticulously organized, so that should make things easier.
  2. 6 points
    http://slippedisc.com/2018/03/just-in-john-williams-leaves-all-his-scores-to-juilliard/
  3. 6 points
    Hopefully next he'll donate all his unreleased music to the John Williams Fan Network.
  4. 6 points
    I like to imagine this will be every composition professor reading the JW collection...
  5. 5 points
    crumbs

    Williams confirms EPISODE IX !!

    No other living composer could have written a cue like Escape or The Spark.
  6. 5 points
    How fabulous is this! I think he is donating his originals, he will keep the copies of all of them in his own library. I mean they are on paper, they can be scanned so he can have copies Also for all those idiots writing shit about him. Please! They can be as bitchy as they like. The guy has made a shit ton of money and done so doing what he loves. And BTW, when I was at Trinity College of Music in London studying post grad composition, they complained not only about Williams, but about Puccini, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, etc etc. Anyone who wasn't innovative or ahead of their time. I got sent out of the class one time because I argues the professor to death. He had "written" a piece called musical chairs in which any number of players would sit in a circle. One person would play something randomly and you would see how it changes as it goes around the players. So I said "I'm sorry, you want to complain about Tchaikovsky and Williams when you didn't even write a note and you call this a composition? You can't even write a toenail's worth of music of any of the composers you all like to complain about, Get a life!" It's all jealousy in the end. This man will be forever in the history books while many of his contemporaries, and pretty much all of the people who complain about him will be forgotten.
  7. 4 points
    The comments on that article are cancer. I can't stand snobs who feel the need to bring out the age-old "copying" accusation every time they see Williams' name mentioned.
  8. 3 points
  9. 3 points
    When i Googled coprophilia i got a picture of the Pope!
  10. 3 points
    I really like Luke's Exile Theme now. When I first heard it I kept expecting to lead to something else - it seems a lot like a bridge section he might use in a concert arrangement. But I've been doing a bit of playing around with it on the piano and I keep coming back to it. The similarities with the opening 7-note figure of Rey's Theme are unmistakable; it's like he was foreshadowing this theme with her's and tapping into the mythology of the Jedi while doing so. I dig it.
  11. 3 points
    Wonderfully classy move from Mr. Williams.
  12. 3 points
    If anyone's curious, I did a little feature with the local Boston NPR station on The Last Jedi score and Star Wars music in general. (I actually thought I was going to be talking about all 5 Oscar Nominees, but they just wanted me to talk about SW! No problem there). They cut down about 100 minutes of me talking about the score to 13 minutes of highlights, but I'm pretty pleased with the results. And forgive me, purists, for changing one note in the Luke & Leia theme as it appears in The Spark from Db to C! I'm too used to the original (correct, I dare say ) structure of the melody at that point which uses the leading tone instead of tonic pitch. Oh well... http://www.wbur.org/radioboston/2018/03/02/music-star-wars
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    Omen II

    What are you drinking tonight?

    That's funny, because the English word Hull has the exact same meaning.
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  16. 2 points
    "Okay guys here's the recording sessions for every film I've ever composed in lossless 192khz 24-bit FLAC!"
  17. 2 points
    karelm

    Best flying chase, best scored

    No thread of this topic would be complete without Horner!! Though I love all that have already been suggested, I will also add (it gets to flight): Rocketeer Flying Circus: Avatar Jakes First Flight A little closer to reality:
  18. 2 points
    Here's the original source with the full article: https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/John-Williams-to-Bequeath-Concert-and-Film-Scores-to-Juilliard-20180306
  19. 2 points
    A classic and monumental move by Williams. The vast wealth of technique, approach and genius now available to students, conductors and aspiring composers is fantastic and historic. I sort of expected him to do something like this eventually. It happening now is a sobering reminder that we must relish what he is still able to contribute musically while we can.
  20. 2 points
    John Williams' personality makes me want to cry at how much I adore him.
  21. 1 point
    Talks about PTA without even mentioning There Will Be Blood... wow!
  22. 1 point
    "Chlorphilia"? You're into poisonous gasses, as well?!
  23. 1 point
    Richard

    the mstrox thread

    Steve McQueen's getting away. I think not, Herr doctor. Not that McQueen, the other McQueen! The one on the right, your right, your other right!
  24. 1 point
    Nick1066

    Williams confirms EPISODE IX !!

    You're basing this on a sample size of....one? And when you say "just as lucrative"...you mean the one spin off they've had that wasn't as lucrative as the two "episodes" they've had?
  25. 1 point
    Jurassic Shark

    What are you drinking tonight?

    @Richard, that really sucks. Fun fact about hell: It's located just south of Trondheim Airport (Trondheim is the city where I live): So if you're going to hell, please let me know so we can meet up! The place is not as bad as people say.
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  27. 1 point
    In that case; somewhere where they sell OOP CDs. I guess
  28. 1 point
    Richard

    the mstrox thread

    I meant it in a humours way. Steve, one thing I am definitely not, is a snowflake. It takes more than a risqué picture of your namesake, to offend me. Please re-instate it, if you wish. This is JWfan, and not ANODYNEfan.
  29. 1 point
    I asked because it's out of print.
  30. 1 point
    Leaving it with an exclusive private corporation? Whatever. Go look at what Aaron Copland left at the Library of Congress, accessible to any peasant on the planet now that it’s being digitized.
  31. 1 point
    I grew up down the street from Kunzel and went to pops concerts all the time with Cincinnati. Quite a treat knowing him! He was so lovely. His interpretations are a lot more German inspired. I love that he encourages the brass to be so much more legato than Williams would probably recommend. The Cincinnati Brass has always had quite a reputation. Aaron Copeland wrote "Fanfare for the Common Man" for our brass section and they've sort of tried to keep the sound similar over the years in their choices of players. The percussion overplaying and bright sound is sort of because of the hall. It doesn't reverberate very well and gives you very little feedback; sort of like an old European hall. Thus the percussion would sometimes overplay and not really be aware. It will never sound like most Williams scores given that it's a hall, not a sound stage like he does most of his scores. Kunzel was a perfectionist though and you can tell from his recordings... He never lets a bad take make it to the final record. Love that SpaceCamp recording as well!
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    Why not? He's 86 years old, for crying out loud, and he's far nearer to the end of his life, than he is to the beginning. Has JWfan become a web site for snowflakes? How we deal with death is at least as important as how we deal with life, wouldn't you say? Now you have something new, to think about. Carry on.
  34. 1 point
    John

    The Jerry Thread

    An unofficial sequel to "the mstrox thread".
  35. 1 point
    Dieter Stark

    Best flying chase, best scored

    The Bicycle Chase
  36. 1 point
    That wouldn't be unusual, but the article might have mentioned it (unless Williams also announced plans to drop dead right away).
  37. 1 point
    hmmm, when you start giving away your most precious possessions it's not a good sign
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  39. 1 point
    Nick1066

    90th Academy Awards (for 2017 films)

    I saw a montage of Billy Crystal's best moments as Oscars host on Youtube the other day...guy was a genius. The song and dance numbers introducing the best pic nominees are still laugh out loud funny. Very, very little in the way of the political, and what was there was good natured. No piousness or sanctimony, just a celebration of the magic of cinema. People turn to movies because they want an escape from politics, not to be beaten over the head with it. No wonder no one wants to watch.
  40. 1 point
    Chen G.

    Williams confirms EPISODE IX !!

    That. That, and nothing but that.
  41. 1 point
    No, and nor should he. The reason JW's music is so hacked up in these films is because he insists on being involved so early in the process due to his age, well before the final edit is decided on. He has admitted that he can't pull the same 12 hour work days he used to, so completing a score in a 4-12 week period after the picture has been locked off is simply not possible for him anymore. That's why he didn't do the last Potter film, and it's probably why he pulled out of Ready Player One. It's wonderful that he's managed to come up with a compromise that still lets him write for these films, but the directors shouldn't be expected to sacrifice the best possible edit of their film just to keep JW's music whole. He is but one part of the film.
  42. 1 point
    Indeed. 2001: A Space Odyssey, Jaws, Raging Bull, Ran, Mulholland Drive and There Will Be Blood would be better examples of this than the rather dull Cameron or Lucas films.
  43. 1 point
    Thekthithm

    90th Academy Awards (for 2017 films)

    Annie Hall > Star Wars.
  44. 1 point
    Well, like I wrote in another thread, this 2-CD compilation is maybe STILL the greatest one on the market... but it stops in 1999... So I suggested a third CD, covering 2001 to 2017 (themes/concert suites to stay in the same idea): 01 Sound the Bells! 02 Hedwig's Theme from HP & The Sorcerer's Stone 03 Escapades from Catch Me if You Can: 1st movement (Spielberg/Williams III) 04 Across the Stars from AOTC 05 Harry's Wondrous World from HP & The Sorcerer's Stone 06 Battle of Heroes from ROTS 07 Sayuri's Theme & End Credits from Memoirs of a Geisha 08 Dartmoor 1912 from "War Horse" (Spielberg/Williams III) 09 With Malice Toward None (Spielberg/Williams III) 10 The Adventures of Mutt (Spielberg/Williams III) 11 The Duel from Tintin (Spielberg/Williams III) 12 The BFG Suite (Spielberg/Williams III) 13 The Jedi Steps and Finale from The Force Awakens 14 The Rebellion is Reborn (from The Last Jedi)
  45. 1 point
    Taikomochi

    Williams confirms EPISODE IX !!

    It was only the highest grossing film of the year by a small margin instead of a huge one! That's what failure looks like!
  46. 1 point
    Chen G.

    Williams confirms EPISODE IX !!

    They really have no reason to continue making episodes, because the spin-offs are shaping out to be just as lucrative. Besides, that whole "George Lucas always intended for nine episodes" crap is at the heart of their brand.
  47. 1 point
    "Williams has composed the scores to all eight Star Wars theme songs"
  48. 1 point
    It's sooo beautiful. Love the way Luke's Exile theme seamlessly transitions from Rey's Theme towards the end, as he observes from atop the cliff. Such a fantastic new theme. Sadly the film cue is riddled with obvious microedits; the original cue was probably recorded for a longer version of the sequence. Alas, we'll need to wait many years, nay decades, to actually hear it.
  49. 1 point
    Ludwig

    THE POST - SCORE Thread

    Yes, this is definitely true, because...
  50. 1 point
    Gnome in Plaid

    Intriguing fictitious film titles

    Ron Jones, Walter Murphy, or John Williams.
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