zoltan_902

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  1. First 20 seconds of "The Faviers" are not only the most remarkable thing I can remember from watching the movie the first time, but the only really interesting thing in the entirely OST album for me. Rose's theme is tender and warm, but far too similar to 'Anakin's Theme', and only reminded me of that whenever it appeared in the film.
  2. THE POST - Score Thread

    I'm still holding out for another JW score that's as rich and sweeping and thematic as the first Harry Potter. I discovered JW through that film, and it will always be his strongest work to me. Bridge of Spies had relatively little music in it to accommodate Spielberg's original intention of Disney releasing JW from TFA only for a couple of weeks to write the score. Then alas, a pace-maker operation came in the way. You'd think if Williams had to forfeit (for scheduling reasons) one Spielberg film over another, in this case RPO, he'd pick the one that offer the most fulfilling challenge to him? Unless he's really slowing down and only picking the projects that are easier (but that wouldn't explain committing to a whole Star Wars sequel trilogy)....
  3. "One-off" melodies, tunes, and ditties

    Two cues, and they both happen to be from the Indy movies. First is the moment Indy is about to step on the camouflaged bridge; we hear a beautiful, ethereal choir, with a string melody on top. Two bars is all we ever hear of it, and I thought it desperately deserved further development. Second is a cue from KOTCS; I was deeply disappointed with the film. It was silly and juvenile, and sadly JW's didn't do too much to save it. Of all fragments of the soundtrack that I did remember positively though, there was this (almost) bluesy theme from the woodwinds, that I wish could have been Mutt's main theme, rather than that grossly misinterpreted 'swashbuckler' nonsense we were given. Thankfully, Youtube has the track, as it isn't featured on the soundtrack album;
  4. I too would have liked the LA to be 2024, but I would also concede that Paris is due.
  5. Here's to the maestro being alive, and willing to compose at 96 years of age for another Olympics. Let's hope!
  6. Perhaps you'll cross paths mid-air.
  7. BBC Proms 2017

    I just watched a YouTube upload (from a user who has miraculously saved me from the pits of geoblocking). It was a nice concert overall. I'm wondering if Lockhart's own interpretations of JW music is becoming distinctive enough for me to specifically recognise him as the conductor... A few things I didn't like: As (for some infuriating reason) seems to be the case with virtually all "Best of John Williams" concerts, we have to suffer a puerile MC. I hate how their presence trying to introduce each piece somehow trivialises the music. The kids choir in 'Afrika' sounded not only tone deaf, but their elocution was shockingly bad. I LOVED the arrangement of of Canina Band. I've heard a few concert versions of this piece - they didn't say whose version this one was, but it made really good use of the orchestra and was well executed. It's certainly not the Hal Leonard Signature Edition version. I also really appreciated that Lockhart referred to the first Harry Potter film by it proper, original title, "The Philosopher's Stone".
  8. Hal Leonard Signature Editions

    Interesting. I suppose ironic to what I claimed above, I would never have picked up on those errors - only if I'm feeding the notes into Sibelius (which is something I've done for a few of the scores in their entirety!)
  9. Hal Leonard Signature Editions

    An interesting question indeed. If I may make a blunt observation; I'm astounded by the number of members on this forum who admit (despite evidently harbouring such an appreciate for fine music) that they cannot read sheet music. Is this just a lack of education, or opportunity? Where I'm from, this is a basic skill taught throughout 12 years of schooling. I own a fairly sizeable collection of the Hal Leonard Signature Edition Deluxe scores. They are quite expensive as they are, even before factoring in exchange rates and international shipping. But once they land in my hands there are zero regrets about cost. They are flawlessly engraved and published, and the ability to grab one off the shelf for instant reference is a huge pleasure. The lack of a digital version of these might very well be due primarily to legal and commercial reasons, but ultimately my guess is as good as anyone's. Making them available commercially would indeed democratise the product, and theoretically serve Hal Leonard's commercial interests. But if I were to choose digital vs paper, I'd still go paper, if for no other reason that the engraving, and the orchestrations are often so dense, that viewing them would be impractical on all but the highest resolution monitors. Maybe hire a computer wiz to hack into Hal Leonard's servers , or, if you're bold enough to go there, even try hacking into JoAnna Kane Music Service's computers .
  10. John Williams on Who Wants to Be Millionaire

    That's an oddly specific statistical question. Guess we know what CD's the question writer keeps in their collection.
  11. That was so adorable . Might that be the John Williams first ever direct address through social media??? We need much more of that..
  12. Harry Potter - Live to Projection Concerts

    My first class view of today's Sydney symphony performance
  13. WGBH Open Vault "Evening at Pops" restoration.

    Thanks for your reply Thor! Sadie Roosa, the WGBH rep, claims in the email that if they are able to determine to a certainty that their organisation still has full rights clearance to the footage, that it would be digitised and made available for free anyway. In fact, if I really wanted to take my chances, I'd put up my own $60 if indeed it lead to the episode being made openly accessible. (And I might very do that in the near future). I'm keen to look through a whole heap of episodes; next on my list would be where Joshua Bell performs the Alexander Courage Porgy and Bess Violin fantasy. I totally understand that other people will want to see other episode; and you are right that this will indeed frustrate fundraising efforts if we cannot agree how to best expend out our money to get this done. It would be much easier of course if we knew our money went towards a definitive product/service, but as the email states, we would for the present only be spending money to see if something is at all possible. Sadie also states that if they determine that there is no rights clearance, that the episodes can be made available on their premises for private ('research') viewing for a much more substantive fee; But seeing as I live in Sydney, that's a prohibitive option for me physically as well a financially. Maybe we can invite forum members to suggest episodes, then based on that we can put up an opinion poll to make a short list, and then we can establish a crowdfunding page to raise the funds at least for a 'Rights Assessment' for those particular episodes. Hopefully we can spread the fixed cost across as many members as possible, and make it cheaper for everyone interested. Just my thoughts... Cheers!
  14. I was inspired by Thor's recent post about the discovery of an archived JW interview at WGBH's Open Vault website. I explored the website further, an was *very* intrigued to find that pretty much the entire "Evening at Pops" series is listed on the website, albeit, not yet transferred for digital preservation. http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog?f[access][]=All+Records&f[series_title][]=Evening+at+Pops As we know, many BPO concerts throughout John Williams' tenure as conductor were video taped by WGBH and broadcast on PBS. There are a few episodes of the series that despite my enduring longing for, haven't surfaced from old VHS transfers on YouTube or any other video sharing website. There is an option on each episode's individual page to request a digitisation, and so having selected an episode I'm particularly interested in, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A34026CAA5AD4A419C44812A0583BDA5 (this is where the orchestra and the TFC perform 'Duel of the Fates'), I wrote a polite email as to how to get the process started, and perhaps with some luck, even realised. I got the following response: I know the response is a bit vague; but I think the bottom line is that there will be costs involved in any case. My question to all the good people on this forum is whether it might be worth (if indeed some or all of you are willing) to start a crowd funding campaign to raise the funds to have some of these episodes digitized? The respondent claims the obstacle isn't so much funding, but the rights clearance, so first they have to determine (with the $60 fee) if they have the rights to make it available. How many of you would be interested in putting forward some cash to see what's possible? Cheers!