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    SteveMc reacted to Holko in Board members pets   
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    SteveMc reacted to Datameister in When Williams Nails It With A Melody   
    Ugh, seriously. It's crazy how perfect it is.
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    SteveMc got a reaction from Will in When Williams Nails It With A Melody   
    I haven't posted here because, well, all the great examples were taken!
    Except one, as I now realize.  The central string theme of the Olympic Fanfare and Theme.  Perfectly encapsulates the competitive spirit of the Olympics and both athletic and human triumph.  Gives me chills, that one.
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    SteveMc got a reaction from hornist in Favorite Williams Olympic Theme?   
    I love Summon The Heroes.  I loved it even before I knew who JW was.
    But, the '84 fanfare has such a focus and an intensity, blew me away on first listen and never fails to stir me.
     
       
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    SteveMc reacted to Jay in Favorite Williams Olympic Theme?   
    Olympic Fanfare and Theme AINEC
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    SteveMc reacted to hornist in Favorite Williams Olympic Theme?   
    Fanfare from - 84  is wonderful, mostly for some nostalgic reasons, good times. But - 96 Atlanta is so much better, the energy is amazing. Best Olympic music there is, and will be. Unless hansu will compose one... 
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    SteveMc reacted to Quintus in Favorite Williams Olympic Theme?   
    In '96 my devotion to Williams was at its peak, and I stayed up into the early hours of the night purely to see him perform Summon the Heroes in the opening ceremony. Those were the days.
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    SteveMc reacted to The Illustrious Jerry in What is the last piece of classical music you listened to?   
    Yes, that loud crash was me falling out of my chair! Hilarious!
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    SteveMc got a reaction from mstrox in the mstrox thread   
    Weekend report, Sir!  Nothing to report, Sir!
     
    Fievel is my favorite cartoon mouse, Sir!  Came to The Land Of The Brave, Sir!
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    SteveMc reacted to Disco Stu in What is the last piece of classical music you listened to?   
    Is anyone else starting to question if the influence of film music on concert music in general is actually a good thing?  It strikes me that art music, whether orchestral or not, has tended toward being too programmatic in (lack of) form.  Like, even new pieces of music written with the intention of being presented on their own often seem to have some unspoken visual narrative in the mind of the composer.  Or so it seems to my ears.  Maybe it's the circular nature of these things, the return of the Romantic notion of music needing to represent some visual or narrative idea beyond itself, even if the formal language is pretty far removed from the 19th century.  I wonder if it's because for composers today, much of their earliest, pre-language exposure to music is accompanying a visual, edited story.  Composers today even feel the need to name their pieces some descriptive, expressive title; although I think that might be more the influence of album-oriented pop music than film music.
     
    Anyway, I'm just rambling about something I don't have much first-hand knowledge of.  Just a thought that struck me as I'm diving deep on Walter Piston, who seems the antithesis of this programmatic trend in modern music.
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    SteveMc reacted to The Illustrious Jerry in What is the last piece of classical music you listened to?   
    Well today's contemporary composers aren't neccesarily trying to cater to us, as we are a relatively small demographic in the big picture. No, today's composers are attempting to capture a wider audience by luring them in with what amounts to pop song titles. 
     
    I much prefer Symphony No. x over anything else. If you want to give a piece an extra title, like Moonlight or Pathetique or whatever, go right ahead, but if I were writing a piano concerto or a symphony I would definetly categorize and name it the way my idols did.
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    SteveMc reacted to KK in What is the last piece of classical music you listened to?   
    I think it stems from contemporary composers going after form and structure of some sort. We live in a time where the evolution of contemporary music has largely rejected traditional repertoire form and young composers are finding it hard to build off of structures. Anything goes in the concert hall these days. This is probably where narrative and programmatic concepts come in handy because they become an easier vessel to give form to unstructured ideas, as opposed to absolute music. And of course, the influence of pop and crossover albums are huge. Programmed music also just has broader appeal as a pitch, than Concerto No. 2323...
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    SteveMc reacted to Loert in What is the last piece of classical music you listened to?   
    How to be a contemporary composer:
    Open a collection of modern poetry Pick a random phrase in a random poem; this is your title Write a piece of music that has nothing to do with the title Success!
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    SteveMc reacted to Richard in The THE BANGLES Thread   
    The Bangles: The "The Archies" years.
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    SteveMc got a reaction from The Illustrious Jerry in Soundtracks, Compilations, or other recently purchased Music   
    In excellent shape.  Smells fresh from the factory new.
     
    Will be my last purchase in a good while, I think.
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    SteveMc reacted to The Illustrious Jerry in Soundtracks, Compilations, or other recently purchased Music   
    You're on a roll! Awesome score. Arrived without scratches and broken teeth, I should hope?
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    SteveMc reacted to Jay in What would you like to see added/improved in JWFan?   
    Stefan's picture was ABSOLUTELY without question Not Safe For Work, and Stefan I don't believe you truly disagree, I think you are just being a pain.
     
    Let's stop discussing it now, as a mod has spoken.  This picture is NSFW and no more pictures like it should be posted without a NSFW warning.  End of discussion.
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    SteveMc reacted to crumbs in When Williams Nails It With A Melody   
    I love that motif! And I hate that he microedited it from the OST! It's sounds so unsettling and mystical, perfectly underpinning the conversation at hand. It's almost like a counter to the Force Theme, an inversion that represents the treachery of the Dark Side.
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