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      Donation time at JWFan   01/16/18


      For those who may not know, JWFan relies entirely on donations to keep running.  Donations pay for our server bills, as well as keeping our domain and Invision Powerboard fees.
      As an incentive to donate, I am offering a series of free CDS to anyone who donates over a certain amount!   Last time this was a modest success, where I raised $500 of our desired $1,000 and mailed out 3 free CDs to lucky JWFanners.  This time I'll be doing the raffling a littler different!   Our goal is $1000 once again, and I will have four tiers of free CDs you can win once again.  But this time, the more you donate, the more entries into each raffle you'll get!   Each $10 you donate gets your name put into the raffle mug once for the $10 pool, twice for the $20 pool, thrice for the $30 pool, and five times into the $50 pool.  Here is the list of CDs you can win - and I have more to add at a later time when I get a little more organized (I'll post what they are by Friday at the latest)   The $10 pool (Every $10 you donate gets you one ticket into this pool) - will be drawn as soon as we hit $250 donated 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)   The $20 pool (Every $10 you donate gets you two ticket into this pool, must donate at least $20 to be eligible) - will be drawn as soon as we hit $500 donated 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   The $30 pool (Every $10 you donate gets you three ticket into this pool, must donate at least $30 to be eligible) - will be drawn as soon as we hit $750 donated 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   The $50 pool (Every $10 you donate gets you five ticket into this pool, must donate at least $50 to be eligible) - will be drawn as soon as we hit $1,000 donated 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. And yet that's exactly how all the scores (and parts) are written: with no key signatures (in C), so that all the sharps and flats of the key are included in the body of the music. E.g., this bit from ESB
  2. Not in the language of music it isn't. You can rant about it all you like, but that won't change the reality and practice of music theory that's been in effect for centuries.
  3. Which one is properly used depends on the key and chord. It's like in language where two words can mean the same thing but depending on the context, one is correct and the other is not.
  4. Hidden Musical Quote in Indiana Jones Theme

  5. Hidden Musical Quote in Indiana Jones Theme

    Yeah, you're not the only one who has noticed that. Doug Adams pointed it out in his podcast analysis of the Indiana Jones scores.
  6. I couldn't disagree more. I loved all the little callbacks and nods to the past in the score. I smiled in the theater after the crawl when I heard that pic lick. And when TIE Fighter Battle appeared during the battle on Crait, I was grinning from ear-to-ear. My only criticism of this score echoes some others who have lamented that JW is leaning too heavily on the Force Theme. I do agree that it seems somewhat overused, especially in light of JW's inexplicable snub of Luke's Theme in the one film in this latter trilogy in which Luke is most dominant. (The opening march and end credits excepted, of course, but they don't really count in this context.)
  7. I think THE FORCE AWAKENS was released in March after the film's premiere in December.
  8. Seems like a pretty good bet. https://www.halleonard.com/product/viewproduct.action?itemid=4492273&lid=2&keywords=rebellion is reborn&subsiteid=1&
  9. Well, Malcolm McNab played 1st trumpet on TFA (as he has on just about every studio orchestra film score for the last 30 years or so), but the liner notes list Jon Lewis as 1st on this one. If the top chair trumpet has changed, others probably have as well. The studio recording orchestras aren't a set crew of musicians like professional symphony orchestras are. The studios put out a call for players and people book the gigs as they're available to do so. Some folks may be on vacation or working another gig or whatever, and they can't do a particular set of sessions, the makeup of the orchestra will change as other players take their place.
  10. He doesn't only do concert arrangements. He did "Indy's First Adventure" and "Battle in the Snow" at two different Hollywood Bowl concerts.
  11. Oh, it's been used before. A quick check shows an Eb Contrabass Clarinet in: ROTS: Yoda Falls/Boys Continue; Yoda to Exile; The Immolation Scene ATOC: Zam's Dirty Trick TFA: Jedi Steps & Finale I'm sure there are many others but I don't have time to look through them all.
  12. Right. It's silly to say that a lush romance theme belongs to a character who is a swashbuckling intergalactic criminal with 'situational' ethics. The only way it works for Han at all is in conjunction with his relationship with Leia. Playing stucco music is a skill I've never been able to master. The stuff gets everywhere, and before you know it everything is just covered with a brittle crust.
  13. "Battle in the Snow" from EMPIRE prominently featured two grand pianos, pounding out that bellicose ascending and descending triplet figure that heralded the advancing Imperial walkers.