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  1. The Lost Folio

    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.
  2. The Lost Folio

    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?
  3. The Lost Folio

    The John Williams Piano Collection

    Oh I see! Now it should work! Sorry about that!
  4. The Lost Folio

    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...
  5. The Lost Folio

    The John Williams Piano Collection

    Thanks but I already have it! My missing pieces are marked in the Index page of my website.
  6. The Lost Folio

    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.
  7. The Lost Folio

    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......
  8. The Lost Folio

    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.
  9. The Lost Folio

    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!
  10. The Lost Folio

    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.
  11. The Lost Folio

    The John Williams Piano Collection

    A sketch score is a reduction on 3+ staves of music of the orchestral score as heard on the soundtrack, with notations indicating which instrument plays each line of music. Only 5 such arrangements were made from 1977 to 1981. Publishers probably realized afterwards that pianists preferred standard piano versions. Here's an example from the "Close Encounters" folio. The arrangements by Tony Esposito in the "Classic Film Score" series are among the most difficult arrangements of any film music. They are the most complete as they usually follow the orchestral score very closely. The new arrangements by Phillip Keveren do not care so much about faithfulness to the orchestral score as they try to be more idiomatic for the intermediate pianist. These arrangements are really meant to be enjoyable to perform and fun to listen to. hm? I thought about doing a website listing all the scores published by John Williams, including everything from the Signature Edition. But I'm leaving that aside, at least for the moment. The Hal Leonard website provides detailed information for all the pieces in the Signature Edition. Plus, this page lists them all concisely.
  12. The Lost Folio

    The John Williams Piano Collection

    They're comparable, both very difficult. The solo piano version has some harder passages because you have to play some of the quick scales given to the violin in the other version. There's definitely more jumping around in the solo piano version. I should also point out that they are different arrangements, including different sections of the piece since the violin version was adapted by John Williams to be idiomatic for the instrument while the solo piano version is a faithful arrangement of the orchestral piece. Buy it!! I could never recommend enough the new anthology! The new "Cowboys" overture is really exciting, you get the first piano arrangements of "Catch Me If You Can", "Duel" from "Tintin" and the NBC NFL Football theme ("Wide Receiver"), and even the "Theme from E.T." is finally printed with a completely new ending that matches the orchestral version. The wrong notes I am mentioning are easy to fix if you are familiar with the music, or if you own the original folios (or previous anthologies). For example, the right hand in bar 11 of "Hedwig's Theme" has the wrong chord: it's obvious, and if you look at the following page, the same music appears with the correct chord. It's not a huge problem, but it is annoying when you sight-read it. Sometimes, it's just an accidental that's missing. And sometimes, the music is slightly altered, and even when comparing with the orchestral version, it's hard to decide what should be the correct notes. I think that for most pianist, these wrong notes are of little consequence. But they are there nonetheless. (As a matter of fact, "The Devil's Dance" piano arrangement also has a few tiny mistakes.)
  13. The Lost Folio

    The John Williams Piano Collection

    There is indeed a rare version for solo piano. It's quite virtuosic but definitely worth having. If you're interested, you could contact tredwellsmusic.com, they might have a (photo)copy for sale. I enjoyed the 2017 anthology, and I appreciate that they did new, more compact, engravings of everything. But they added wrong notes in many places, which makes me prefer the old engravings. I also wish the book was bigger. Hal Leonard published composers anthologies of 300+ pages, but we only get 180 for Williams? No Sabrina, no War Horse, no Marion...
  14. The Lost Folio

    The John Williams Piano Collection

    "The Devil's Dance" is a brilliant 12-page arrangement. It's highly challenging but rewarding to play. With "The Cowboys" overture (the anthology arrangement differs from the non-anthology publication), I would recommend it to any advanced pianist. The "Theme from Sabrina" is another highlight that has never made it into anthologies. Beautiful piano arrangement!
  15. The Lost Folio

    The John Williams Piano Collection

    All the sheet music listed at FSM and much more will be accounted for when I open the "Solos" page. (The page is actually ready but since there's so much music, I want to make sure it's as accurate as possible.) Unlike FSM, my website also includes detailed publication information about each piece.
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