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  1. Couldn't have come at a better time for me; just discovered and fell in love with this score about a month ago. Was already loving the 2014 Intrada presentation, but I'll be happy to upgrade to this.
  2. I hate to break it to you, but the trailer for MULAN just dropped a week or two ago.
  3. Thanks for all the suggestions, everybody! This one is really fantastic; I've been on a Richard Rodgers kick lately and had no idea he was such a waltz guy. For those who don't mind lyrics with their waltzes, in addition to the famous "Carousel Waltz", it turns out that a fair number of his songs are actually waltzes (some more obvious than others). Some examples: "It's a Grand Night for Singing" [from STATE FAIR (1945)] "I'm in Love with a Wonderful Guy" (from SOUTH PACIFIC) "My Favorite Things" (from THE SOUND OF MUSIC) "Ten Minutes Ago" (from CINDERELLA) ...Whose tune also features in: "Waltz for a Ball" (from CINDERELLA) "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'" (from OKLAHOMA!) "Out of My Dreams" (from OKLAHOMA!) "Hello, Young Lovers" (from THE KING AND I) I would also highly recommend that everyone check out this fantastic medley of Rodgers waltzes sung by Julie Andrews. The arrangement and orchestral performance (and of course her singing) are all stellar. And of course I can't go without mentioning Williams' own recording of Rodgers waltzes, with the Boston Pops: To cap it all off, here's Rodgers' own recording of a waltz medley he conducted with the New York Philharmonic, different than the JW/BPO one above:
  4. Agree with the comments here on "Be Prepared". Not sure why they even included it, if this was how they were going to do it. It's far too short, and the end of the track sounds as thought we've just heard an intro for the actual "Be Prepared". Also, what genius decided to put the song in 6/8 (or 3/8, or something) this time, rather than the original's standard 4/4? I just went back and listened to the 1994 version, and this one sounds so amateur and uninspired by comparison.
  5. I thought it would be interesting to share our favorite waltzes from film and television. I'll start with a few off the top of my head: "The Carousel Waltz" (from CAROUSEL) - Richard Rodgers "Dress Waltz" (from LEGEND) - Jerry Goldsmith "Aunt Marge's Waltz" (from HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN) - John Williams "The Seduction of Princess Leia" (from STAR WARS: SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE) - Joel McNeely "Cries and Whispers" (from OLDBOY) - Cho Young-Wuk "The Chairman's Waltz" (from MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA) - John Williams Curious to see what others come up with! Hoping to discover some good new ones to help fill out a "Waltzing at the movies" playlist, or something. Ideally looking for tracks in which a good chunk of the music is waltz-style—so, tossing out tracks that are long and feature only a brief waltz at just the beginning, middle or end. And yes, I know that McNeely's SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE is a video game score, but I'm including it as he is primarily known as a film composer.
  6. Not sure if this is the place to post this, but my current fascination is 3:39 to 3:47 of "Pops on the March". The harmonic underpinning of the tune in that spot is something only Williams could (or would, these days) do. I'm almost tempted to set aside some time on Sibelius to try and figure out exactly what is going on there; it's really remarkable how things seem to harmonically shift with almost every note of the melody. Anyone have any thoughts on this?
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