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    Does Williams write the Lyrics for his songs?

    I did this list of all the songs that have been published. There's a list by lyricist at the bottom: https://sites.google.com/view/johnwilliamspiano/home/songs
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    The Highlights of Expansions of Recent Years!

    Hook is conspicuously missing from the list. Even if it was not a perfect release, I have never been more excited for a JW announcement since! It's still my favorite score and my most-listened expansion. We'll see if HP changes that...
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    The John Williams Piano Collection

    I was finally able to acquire the piano/vocal sheet music of the rare song We're lookin' good (Official Special Olympics Song)! The sheet music consists of six pages of music. It is dedicated to Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder and chairman of Special Olympics International. I don't think the lyrics by Alan & Marilyn Bergman ever leaked anywhere and I never found a recording of this piece as a song (rather than a fanfare), so here's a little sample of the words... We're comin', we're hummin', we're lookin' good. We're lined up and shined up and lookin' good. The drummers are drummin' the beat of our hearts and now it's time to move it, to make it, to reach out and take it. We'll face the wind together. Then race the wind together. Come on let's hear it: we're lookin' good! It's a simple piece, but very effective as a Special Olympics hymn, especially the coda where John Williams gradually builds to a climax on the words "the sky is the limit."
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    Estimate the total length of John Williams' music

    I counted 138 hours if you exclude any repetition (besides major alternates) and exclude the OST from expanded releases (which shortens a bunch of these releases by about half). For example, I did not count both volumes of "Not With My Wife, You Don't!", although they are different recordings. Of course, there are various ways to count this. I counted mine at the most conservative - let's say, how much completely original and different music JW wrote, trying to count only 1 version of each piece. Of course, the total amount of music recorded is way above that. Reversely, if you only count OSTs, it's 76 hours of OSTs released at the time of the movie's release, and up to 91 hours if you include all first album releases. (I counted the fanfares within the 11 hours of concert works. I did not count any of the concert versions - but that's an additional 7.5 hours for all of the Signature Edition.)
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    Estimate the total length of John Williams' music

    The total duration of all the movies scored by John Williams is 235 hours. By adding up the most expanded release of each film/TV score and including the bootlegs of unreleased scores, it adds up to roughly 127 hours of music. (In the case where the expanded release also includes the original album, I only counted the complete score, without duplicate tracks from the OST.) Of course, many movies have not been expanded, but that number gives you something to start with. Meanwhile, his complete concert works (including Thomas and the King) last about 11 hours, of which there are 5 hours of concertos. So, I count 138 hours of John Williams music either officially released or available as bootlegs. This is far from "more than 200 hours" (Some movies have an hour or so of unreleased music, but most only have a few minutes). Personally, I would not even count alternates in that total amount, as I would not count a discarded draft of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony in the duration of the work. Every composer writes a lot more music than they retain in their final work. If the composer only changes a few notes, or adds a 10-second insert somewhere, I would definitely not count the slightly alternate version within duration of the "complete works". Of course, some alternates are significantly different and deserved to be heard! The 127 hours counted here includes all officially released alternates.
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    The John Williams Piano Collection

    "Han Solo Returns" was reprinted in the 1991 Anthology (Revised & Updated). Finding a used copy of that book might be the easiest way to get the piece (many libraries also have it). To my knowledge, there is no digital sheet music available.
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    The John Williams Piano Collection

    I'd say my favorite arrangements are (in chronological order): Princess Leia's Theme (arr. by Tony Esposito) E.T. (the entire folio!) Cadillac of the Skies Hook (you could have guessed that - I also made a lot of arrangements from the orchestral scores!) Jurassic Park (especially "Journey to the Island") Theme from Sabrina Harry's Wondrous World / Fawkes the Phoenix / The Chamber of Secrets There's a lot of very interesting arrangements! What are your favorites?
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    The John Williams Piano Collection

    Oh I see! Now it should work! Sorry about that!
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    The John Williams Piano Collection

    You can get "Black Sunday" here: https://www.greatscores.com/Theme_From_Black_Sunday/sheet-music/7138793 Like what? It works well on my end...
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    The John Williams Piano Collection

    Thanks but I already have it! My missing pieces are marked in the Index page of my website.
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    The John Williams Piano Collection

    I own all the folios, but I am sadly missing about a dozen of the early solo sheets. I tried to contact libraries in London, New York and Dublin to request reproductions, but they will not share due to copyrights. I know that some people on the FSM forum had them because they shared the covers years ago, but I have never been able to get any info from them. Perhaps someone on this forum will see this and share with us the rare/early pieces to make this a complete and definitive website! Although I say I'm not sharing/selling any music, I would happily make an exception (at least in private) for the old, out-of-print, and unknown stuff like The Secret Ways.
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    The John Williams Piano Collection

    The Adventures of Han is now available for piano solo (a mere week after the movie's release)!! Piano (7 pages): https://www.sheetmusicdirect.us/sheetmusic/1000315170 Easy Piano (9 pages): https://www.sheetmusicdirect.us/sheetmusic/song/1000315144/the-adventures-of-han The folio's sketch score stops at bar 98. I have never compared the sketch scores to the full orchestra scores in any detail. Here's bar 62 of the sketch score, which is different from both versions you give......
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    The John Williams Piano Collection

    Update: I added three pages to The John Williams Piano Collection, including a detailed listing of all the individual sheet music! I also added an index for quick reference and a list of songs published in piano-vocal arrangements. With these pages, my website is now complete. However, I am still missing a few early individual sheets, which I have listed but for which I cannot provide complete catalogue details and page counts. Please contact me if you have any of that information. Some minor changes will be made whenever I get missing information. I will keep posting major updates here.
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    The John Williams Piano Collection

    I think the Superman folio is one of the rarest. You can try asking your local/university library for an interlibrary loan. Many libraries have this folio in the U.S. In Europe, I'm less sure. If you search for "superman soundtrack selections" through worldcat.org, you will see listed a few of the libraries that have it. Let me know if you can/can't find it this way!
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    The John Williams Piano Collection

    Actually, none of the piano arrangements indicate instrumentation. They must be seen as perpetuating the very long history of domestic piano music intended for amateurs. Unlike the Signature Editions, they are not meant for concert performance or study. But I don't think that diminishes their interest in any way.
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