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    Marcus reacted to A Ghost From Highwood in What are your top 5 John Williams scores?   
    John Williams:
    1. Star Wars (1977)
    2. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
    3. Schindler’s List (1993)
    4. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
    5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
     
    Honorable Mentions:
    1. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    2. Jurassic Park (1993)
    3. Catch Me If You Can (2002)
    4. War of the Worlds (2005)
    5. E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982)
    6. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
    7. Empire of the Sun (1987)
     
    Non-Williams:
    1. Modern Film Scores, you're breaking my heart. You're going down a path I can't follow. 
    2. I'll never join you!
    3. Only a Modern Film Score deals in absolutes, I will do what I must.
    4. You... you're afraid... that you will never be as strong as Anything That Doesn't Sound Like Classical!
    5. The oppression of the Modern Film Scores will never return! You, my lord, have lost!
     

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    Marcus got a reaction from Will in What exactly did William Ross do in Harry Potter the Chamber of Secrets   
    The situation is roughly this:
    All the new music is Williams.
    All the old music repurposed from HP1 is Williams, but adapted (to fit the film) by William Ross. 
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    Marcus reacted to Richard in What exactly did William Ross do in Harry Potter the Chamber of Secrets   
    Wrong.
    Ross composed all of it; Williams made the tea.
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    Marcus got a reaction from bollemanneke in What exactly did William Ross do in Harry Potter the Chamber of Secrets   
    The situation is roughly this:
    All the new music is Williams.
    All the old music repurposed from HP1 is Williams, but adapted (to fit the film) by William Ross. 
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    Marcus reacted to hornist in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - Score Predictions   
    It is amazing!! 
    The fact people don't like it very much  is beyond my understanding. 
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    Marcus reacted to Larry O in When Williams Nails It With A Melody   
    The genius of Rey's theme showed itself in the initial reaction to the score in 2015, and then the reaction to the marketing for The Last Jedi in 2017
     
    Many people (maybe not as learned as the posters here, for what its worth) were sort of nonplused by the score to Force Awakens - I remember more than a few people regarding Williams' score as being sort of "there" and not much more than that at first. Also, despite the fact there was obviously a "Rey's Theme," it seemed like many people couldn't locate Rey's Theme if they didn't go out of their way to seek out the soundtrack to the movie and give it repeat listens. 

    And then when it came time to market The Last Jedi, Rey's Theme was very often front and center in the commercials and trailers, and people reacted as if an old friend was visiting them. It wasn't just recognizable, it was carrying a huge amount of the marketing's emotional weight. Somehow, between 2015 and 2017, that theme opened up in people's brains like a rose blooming. 
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    Marcus reacted to hornist in The Rise of Skywalker score has potentially begun recording   
    I hope it will be as amazing as those 2 previous have been. 
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    Marcus reacted to Alex in New article: Williams "has so far written about 25 minutes of score in about a month" for The Rise of Skywalker   
    This was a nice little insight into his writing process. 
     
    “Oxygen is a wonderful thing”
    - John Williams
     

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    Marcus got a reaction from Gnome in Plaid in How Does Each Film Composer Write (Paper or Software)?   
    Only manuscript.
    8 staves for smaller cues, up to 20 for the busiest ones:


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    Marcus got a reaction from Sharky in How Does Each Film Composer Write (Paper or Software)?   
    Only manuscript.
    8 staves for smaller cues, up to 20 for the busiest ones:


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    Marcus got a reaction from Loert in How Does Each Film Composer Write (Paper or Software)?   
    Only manuscript.
    8 staves for smaller cues, up to 20 for the busiest ones:


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    Marcus reacted to rough cut in What do you think about The Spark from The Last Jedi?   
    I love the imperial march reference.
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    Marcus reacted to woj in Why is a large part of the Battle of Yavin not scored?   
    The music disappears when Gold Squadron's Y-Wings and Red Leader make the first trench run. Vader's small TIE squadron picks them off and their run fails. 
     
    The music returns after about five minutes when Luke, Wedge, and Biggs reenter the story, and Luke's run is a success. 
     
    Truthfully, music would have overwhelmed the first trench run because of all the screaming TIEs and nervous claustrophobic chatter. 
     
    But more importantly, Luke wins because he has music on his side. No music, no success. 
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    Marcus reacted to Marian Schedenig in Why is a large part of the Battle of Yavin not scored?   
    I think it works very well. It's not until after the original SW that wall to wall scoring became the norm, both for all later SW films and for other action/adventure fare. Especially in the 70s, spotting was much more specific in where and where not to put music, and it could have a huge effect on the impact of the score when it appeared. Just think of Goldsmith's Coma, which has no score and hardly any incidental music in its first half and then goes all out with horror mode Goldsmith.
     
    The Yavin battle is still the best of all SW battles, and I think the unscored sections add to that. It's not all fighting and chaos, there's also some genuine tension there. And the climax gets an extra boost not just the music narrates it so well, but also because it provides a strong contrast to what comes before.
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    Marcus reacted to woj in Why is a large part of the Battle of Yavin not scored?   
    Maybe the lack of music during the first trench run is supposed to highlight the fact that this run won't succeed. 
     
    In the final cut of the film, once Biggs' scenes on Tatooine and his reunion with Luke on Yavin IV were cut, Luke is the only Rebel pilot we know. Wedge has a name, but we barely met him before this battle. The first trench run pilots are all new characters and Luke isn't in the sequence. If they succeed, then Luke flew with them for no reason. He's our main character and has earned the right to avenge his fallen friends and family by becoming the hero.
     
    In retrospect, the lack of music underscores the first trench run as a dry run for the audience so they know what to expect. Then when Luke makes his run with music, we know it will succeed even as his technology falters. 
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    Marcus reacted to karelm in Why is a large part of the Battle of Yavin not scored?   
    As someone who remembers seeing this at its theatrical release along with Jaws, you could also ask why wasn't this scored until -0:54 in this clip?
     
     
    I really believe Jurassic "Shark" *cough* and @Brundlefly nailed it.  Silence proceeding maximum intensity is more effective and these films were locked so the composer could discuss with the director how music could support the maximum intensity by important use of non-scoring.  That approach isn't used today.  Test screenings/digital editing/temp scores/drop ins, etc. remove such silence.
     
    Question:
    Same question...Why is there no music here until 0:54?
     
    The music was not scoring the action, it was scoring the subtext (character's point of view).  Luke and Brody's final desperate final attempt to defeat their foe against all odds and Marion Crane's successful escape until she realizes her getaway plan was at a poorly chosen venue. 
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    Marcus reacted to Borodin in Who will become Spielberg's go-to composer after JW?   
    Nobody I care about.
     
    Have to say, I dislike the majority of film music, but John Williams is an exception.
     
    Would've been nice if JW, Spielberg, and Bruce Broughton collaborated more. Bruce Broughton is a good composer.
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    Marcus reacted to Ii2 in Who will become Spielberg's go-to composer after JW?   
    Spielberg without John is Speilberg without Spielberg.
     
     
    He'll retire
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    Marcus reacted to Holko in What's JW's most annoying march?   
    Parade of the Ewoks is great!
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    Marcus reacted to SteveMc in Ennio Morricone is complimentary but critical of John Williams in his new book   
    How is a six voice double fugue (magnificent, by the way) any different? 
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    Marcus got a reaction from Jurassic Shark in How Does Each Film Composer Write (Paper or Software)?   
    Only manuscript.
    8 staves for smaller cues, up to 20 for the busiest ones:


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    Marcus reacted to Dixon Hill in How Does Each Film Composer Write (Paper or Software)?   
    This is what I do too now.  It was fun to play with the gear for a while but unless you can really make it part of your process it's better to outsource that part of the work to those who can.  I'm just a few years too old to have the right stuff for the new approach.
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    Marcus got a reaction from Will in How Does Each Film Composer Write (Paper or Software)?   
    I'm currently scoring a fairly big feature film, requiring 110-120 minutes of orchestral music, some of it highly complex.
     
    I do all of my work in very detailed short-score with no additional orchestrators, sending each page off to only two people: An engraver providing orchestral parts, and an assistant providing mock-ups (and digital elements integral to the score, all of which I first notate and describe to the best of my ability).
     
    It's a small team, but a very effective one. 
     
    For my concert work, it's all manuscript, but most of it gets engraved courtesy of my publisher.
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