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      Donate to JWFan, win a CD!   05/30/17


      We are significantly behind on our funds for keeping JWFan alive, and need to collect donations again.
      As an incentive, I am offering a series of free CDS to anyone who donates over a certain amount!   Donate at least $10 and you will be entered into a pool to potentially win one of the following once we hit our $250 goal:   Tyler Bates - God of War; Ascension (OST, La La Land Records) Danny Elfman - Planet of the Apes (OST, Sony) Danny Elfman - Taking Woodstock (OST, La La Land Records) Christopher Lennertz - Identity Thief (OST, La La Land Records) Christopher Lennertz - Medal of Honor: Rising Sun (OST) Michael Giacchino - Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (OST, Varese Sarabande) Dave Holmes & Various - Ocean's 11 (OST, WB Records) Joel McNeely & Various - Hollywood '94 (Varese Sarabande) Joe Kraemer - Jack Reacher (OST, La La Land Records) John Williams - Born on the Fourth of July (OST, MCA Records)   Donate at least $20 and you will be entered into a pool to potentially win one of the following once we hit our $500 goal:   John Barry - First Love (La La Land) Jerry Goldsmith - The Challenge (La La Land) Jerry Goldsmith - In Harm's Way (2009 Intrada edition) Jerry Goldsmith - The Red Pony (Varese) Alan Silvestri - Dutch (La La Land) Shirley Walker - Willard (La La Land) John Williams - Family Plot (Varese Sarabande) or, any of the above CDs if you prefer   Donate at least $30 and you will be entered into a pool to potentially win one of the following once we hit our $750 goal:   James Horner - Gorky Park (OOP Kritzerland Edition) James Newton Howard - Outbreak (2CD, Varese Deluxe Edition) Laurence Rosenthal - Clash of the Titans (2CD, Intrada) John Williams - The Fury (2CD, La La Land) John Williams - Jane Eyre (OOP, La La Land) or, any of the above CDs if you prefer   Donate at least $50 and you will be entered into a pool to potentially win one of the following once we hit our $1,000 goal:   Jerry Fielding - The Wild Bunch (3CD, FSM) Ira Newborn - The Naked Gun trilogy (3CD, La La Land) Shirley Walker and Various - Batman: The Animated Series Volume 3 (4CD, La La Land) or, any of the above CDs if you prefer     All shipping will be paid by me to anywhere in the world!   I will pull names from a hat for each pool, and you get to pick whatever CD set you want if I pull your name!   To be eligible, leave your JWFan username in the comments area of your donation.  If you want to donate but not be in the running for a free CD, mention that in the comment.   Use this link or the link on the mainpage.       Thank you!   Jason, Ricard, and Andreas.


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  1. Less of it. Or perhaps simply a different narrator. I wonder if a different narrator might have done better given the material.
  2. I thought nearly all of the narration was dull and lackluster, and I thought the Cher/Professor McGonagall joke was even more poorly delivered. The hostess was lacking any sort of energy in my opinion. Very awkward throughout. Catch Me If You Can was a highlight for me though. The saxophonist absolutely nailed the piece, although her excessive and exaggerated body movements were a bit distracting at times. But overall, impressive technique. I absolutely despised the clarinet soloist's interpretation of The Terminal. I thought that she was making too much attempt to add unnecessary flair.
  3. It's a mashup of the JFK theme and the "Flight and Technology" movement from American Journey (skip to 7:19):
  4. The March from 1941. I love how multiple melodic lines are integrated throughout this piece. In the first half of the piece, we are introduced to the main march theme (let's call it "A"), and then we get a quote middle interlude section that introduced the jaunty woodwind flourish ("B") and a brassy horn line ("C"). Once all three parts have been established, Williams plays around with different combinations. At 2:56, A is combined with B, and then at 3:27, A is combined with both B and C, and then at 3:47, A and C are combined to lead into the finale. Earlier in the piece, foreshadowing of the counterpoint method is made when B and C are overlapped from 2:33 to 2:37.
  5. I've always been a fan of this example (2:28 to 2:43):
  6. That link you posted is not for the piano reduction but rather for the concert band arrangement, which have the Signature Edition label on them but which are sold by Hal Leonard under their Concert Band Professional Series rather than as SE, which is why I forgot about the concert band versions when typing my previous post (if you go on the Hal Leonard website and search "John Williams Signature Edition" the concert band arrangements do not appear in the results). The concert band versions with the SE label are supervised by Williams but are, in some cases, arranged by other individuals. I say "in some cases" because For the President's Own and one of the Star-Spangled Banner arrangements are by Williams himself. So to your point, there are "Signature Edition" scores that have other arrangers, but I believe that the arrangements by other people are restricted to the Concert Band Professional arrangements. I have purchased and own most of the SE orchestral and piano reduction scores and have yet to see another arranger for the piano reductions.
  7. At 5:22 there is a great overlap of the upper string instruments and the lower string instruments playing two separate lines. What I like about this passage is that later at 5:44, the upper melody drops out and the lower melody is passed on to the horns. Then at 5:55, after the horns are finished the string section picks up again with that original upper melody on its own. So basically, Williams starts the section by having both melodies play simultaneously, then each is played independently.
  8. I don't know of any concerti album recordings with the piano reduction, but there have been plenty of YouTube videos of some of the concerti being performed as such. I know that the SE oboe/piano arrangement of The Days Between was recorded by Keisuke Wakao and the SE violin/piano arrangement of The Witches of Eastwick was recorded by Gil Shaham. Can't of anything else at the moment but perhaps someone else on these boards might know of something.
  9. Anything sold as "Signature Edition" is arranged by Williams himself. I can't speak to any of the non-SE material though.
  10. 1) These are the only non-bootleg, official versions of JW scores that are commercially made available to the general public. 2) The Hal Leonard website has the comprehensive list: https://www.halleonard.com/search/search.action?menuid=1788&seriesfeature=&subsiteid=6
  11. More upcoming: Love Theme from Superman "That's Entertainment" (arranged by JW) Tribute to Film Composers Men of Yorktown from Midway (I really hope it's the version from the new Boston Pops recording!)
  12. Its not the Signature Edition version, although it is still arranged by Williams. Williams has conducted this version himself on a few rare occasions (including a Tanglewood concert I attended years ago). It basically cuts and pastes the following from the original soundtrack: A) Track 17 (Reprise) 0:00 to 5:26, with the entire first violin section playing the opening melody instead of a solo violin B) Track 17 (Reprise) 6:33 to 7:21, minus the third repetition of the piccolo/fife melody from 7:00 to 7:10 C) Track 4 (The Colonial Cause) 1:25 to 3:01 D) Non-soundtrack material written for ending of concert version
  13. New Signature Edition scores available for purchase on Hal Leonard Publishing website: Suite from The Book Thief The Duel from The Adventures of Tintin Not yet published but available for preorder: Suite from The BFG