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      Donate to JWFan, win a CD!   05/30/17


      We are significantly behind on our funds for keeping JWFan alive, and need to collect donations again.
      As an incentive, I am offering a series of free CDS to anyone who donates over a certain amount!   Donate at least $10 and you will be entered into a pool to potentially win one of the following once we hit our $250 goal:   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)   Donate at least $20 and you will be entered into a pool to potentially win one of the following once we hit our $500 goal:   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   Donate at least $30 and you will be entered into a pool to potentially win one of the following once we hit our $750 goal:   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   Donate at least $50 and you will be entered into a pool to potentially win one of the following once we hit our $1,000 goal:   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. Program notes about the piece up on BSO website: http://bso.http.internapcdn.net/bso/images/program_notes/Williams-Markings.pdf
  2. Totally forgot to point you out the interview with Elliot I did last month! He talked about M. Butterfly there too. Here it is! http://www.colonnesonore.net/contenuti-speciali/interviste/4981-a-triple-life-interview-with-elliot-goldenthal.html
  3. J.W. Rinzler, former Lucasfilm historian/archivist from 2001 to 2015 (and author of the beautiful original trilogy "Making Of" coffee-table books) has started a series of blog entries on his own website called "The Rise and Fall of Star Wars". It's gonna be a chronicle of his years at LFL and it promises to be filled with interesting stories. He's gonna publish stories three times a week. As he says in the first post, "This blog is about my time at Lucasfilm, from October 1, 2001, to December 31, 2015. As such, though I’ll try to be objective, my observations are no doubt my subjective views of these years, not any clinical “truth.” Looks like he has a lot to tell. Check it out. http://www.jwrinzler.com/blog
  4. Yes, Spielberg always used temp tracks. Even JW himself said it in an interview from 1993 (published on the Soundtrack! magazine)
  5. From what I gather, Williams wrote the music to a different cut of the movie and then discovered right on the scoring stage that scenes were trimmed/moved around/modified, so he had to revise/rewrite a number of cues on the spot, hence I guess a lot of those alternates/early versions weren't even recorded.
  6. Yes, it's quite logical that the studio/company that owns the music is doing everything to protect their own assets. There were several apocryphal horror stories about Lucasfilm letting rot reels and tapes in their own archives, but I'm sure all the music for all the films they made is safely stored in pristine hi-res digital files.
  7. Great interview with Danny Elfman about his new Violin Concerto and other stuff, done by the ever-reliable Tim Greiving (our own @Maestro) http://www.kusc.org/culture/arts-alive-blog/danny-elfman-violin-concerto/
  8. Da Costa played in zillions of film scores: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paulinho_da_Costa#Filmography
  9. This is Pedroni's first album with JW music. He performed a lot of these arrangements in his own recitals, but this is the first official recording.
  10. This isn't the same suite Williams performed several times (at the Hollywood Bowl and in Chicago) back in 2005/2006. Williams' own suite was in two movements and they were called "Escape from the City" (which was actually comprised of different sections from the cues "Driving Away", "The Ferry Scene", "Attack on the Car" and "Ogilvy's End") and "Epilogue" (which was basically the same piece as in the movie, but slightly extended in the coda). This suite instead was recorded for several JW "budget" compilations (both by the City of Prague Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic), but AFAIK is not arranged nor supervised by the composer himself.
  11. I'm perhaps biased toward Simone's work, since I'm friend with him and I followed the genesis and development of this project since its beginning. Of course everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, but I think this is a gem not to be missed for every JWFan. We already had other people trying their own versions of adapting JW music for solo piano, but imho this is the very first time that it's being done so successfully and artfully. Other than being an amazing classical pianist, Pedroni is a true JW admirer like few others, he knows his music inside out and he's able to get to the core of the pieces he performs. Just listen to his rendition of Presumed Innocent and you'll know what I mean. Of course having JW's blessing on the project and being published by such a prestigious label like Varèse is something that makes this project all the more special.
  12. Thank you guys. I just want to add that it was such a great pleasure to finally meet Jay in person after all these years of online friendship. We spent some time together before the concert and we talked shop for a while, but it was surely too short. I definitely hope to meet him again very soon!
  13. Hi guys, here I am finally. Sorry if I didn't chime in earlier, but I was literally eaten up by work obligations once I returned from my Boston trip. As you can imagine, it was beyond amazing. I tried to sum up all the experience and the big feelings I had in this article for my website. Hope you will enjoy it! http://www.colonnesonore.net/contenuti-speciali/reportage/5017-memoirs-from-boston-john-williams-film-night-at-pops-may-31-june1-2017.html I'm a blessed guy!
  14. Yes, plus Goodbye Mr Chips, and Men of the Yorktown from Midway and Night Journeys from Dracula culled from last year's performance. Add to those the suite from TFA and I guess we have a full tracklist of the album.