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  1. Hal Leonard Signature Editions

    All your life has been spent in pursuit of Williams relics. Inside The Post are treasures beyond your wildest aspirations. You want to see it printed as well as I. Filmmusic, we are simply passing through history. This, this is history.
  2. Hal Leonard Signature Editions

    Don't worry. They have top men working on it right now. Top... men.
  3. I bought the Blue Box at half price on a special promotion FSM had two years ago. So $60 instead of $120. I don't know if they'd ever offer something similar but if you're interested in owning anything more than the expanded first score, it's definitely worth keeping you're eyes peeled over at FSM.
  4. Star Wars Prequel VS. Sequel scores

    No. There is another.
  5. He's a master with a microwave? I dunno, seems a little much for a guy who still uses paper and pencil.
  6. Analysis - New Themes of The Last Jedi

    That's the one Lehman calls the First Order motif in his catalogue of Star Wars themes. Too bad the Parade Grounds music was cut - it could have had (and maybe did have) more of a presence in TFA and provided a nice emotional contrast to Kylo's pair of themes, something like how the Rebel Fanfare as basically an action theme contrasts with both the heroic theme for Luke and the sense of struggle captured by the Force theme in ANH. This First Order motif is essentially a boiled-down version of the first idea of the Force theme (same scale degrees), only now more forward driving in its rhythm and repetitive in its shape, creating a kind of "flip side" to the Force theme, one chiseled and hardened into a theme more appropriate for the aggression of villains than the struggle of heroes that the Force theme depicts.
  7. That nicely sums up how I feel about Williams' film scores in general. I very recently rewatched Jaws with a particular ear to how the themes are used. While everyone of course comes away humming the famous shark ostinato, I was reminded of how wonderfully varied the statements of that theme are: they might have that countermelody or not, be thickened into dissonant Rite of Spring-like chords, be spun out to include the entire sixteen-note ostinato (and not just its first two) with those appropriately jarring off-beat accents, and there was one time the countermelody appears with a version of the ostinato going down instead of up, and with a whole step instead of a half step, and in a higher register. This is when Brody is sifting through the book with pictures of shark attack victims, and with all of its changes, the theme is transformed from expressing imminent mortal danger to something more distant though still threatening, which aptly gives the impression of Brody's thoughts on the shark without it literally being around: Anyway, this all reminded me of how great this score is, but for more reasons than simply having a perfect theme.
  8. Analysis - New Themes of The Last Jedi

    I would say that's a sped up version of the head of the Desperation theme. Hearing it that way nicely binds together several of the big action sequences in a subtle way that is probably more readily felt than actively heard.
  9. Wait a minute! 1978 Oscars: Actually, until pretty recently, I thought the same thing - that a double nomination meant an automatic disadvantage due to a "splitting of the vote". But then 2015 came along and I thought Desplat would lose because of noms for Grand Budapest and The Imitation Game. Well, I was wrong! I think now that Desplat won because the movie was esteemed by the academy and the score was memorable and effective. Star Wars was different. It was the rebirth of the old Hollywood score in a wildly successful film. So the music stood out both for its different style from its contemporaries and for its contribution to the film's success. And it's a highly memorable and effective score on top of that! So it's not really surprising that it won, even though it was up against Johnny's own other monumental score for Close Encounters.
  10. I haven't heard the scherzo and fugue before, but they're glorious, so full of life. Great music. Thanks @Josh500! While we're on the topic of fugues, I stumbled across the compilation video below of "fugues" from Williams' film scores. They're not all fugues as the title suggests but rather (as noted in the description) contrapuntal pieces of some sort. (Strangely, the pieces he actually titles fugues in Jaws and this NBC suite are technically fugatos because the second entry of the theme is in the same key as the first one.) I also came across this ancient thread on our board discussing fugues in Williams' scores, most of which are played in the video (awesome that this was discussed so early in the board's history). Funny that so many of them have a similar emotional quality, a kind of nervous energy, which of course suits several of the "preparatory" uses of these passages (Jaws, Black Sunday, Home Alone).
  11. Sometimes these different spellings of notes just make chords easier to read. Like this one:
  12. Analysis - New Themes of The Last Jedi

    Not the same motif, but all three feature a motion from scale degree 5 to 6 of the minor scale, which is a traditional musical symbol of grief, turmoil, or otherwise great suffering. And interestingly, they are all associated with events on Ahch-To, specifically with the negative emotions of Luke. The first one I think occurs with Luke and Rey's first encounter and his initial refusal to help her. The second is with Luke's frantic calls to Rey when the Dark Side beckons. And the third is with their conversation about the truth between Luke and Kylo. So all three might be viewed as a musical means of portraying Luke's emotional pain, which fits in well with statements of the Force Theme on Ahch-To since most there include this kind of 5-6 minor-key motion in the theme's accompaniment, and even the Jedi Steps theme has it in the melody, giving all these the same "suffering" sort of sound.
  13. What's your dream title of a book on JW?

    John Williams: The Complete Film Music in Full Score (150 volume set).
  14. And it should be a bit blurry or from a distance so we can endlessly speculate on whether it was the real Williams or just a pastiche a similar-looking actor (since Williams won't want the acting credit with his monumental sense of modesty).
  15. If Rey studies old Jedi texts in IX, there should be reference to the "first Jedi", at which point there's a brief flashback cutaway to a hooded figure who turns his head back to reveal John Williams!