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Your Top 5 John Williams pieces expressing happiness, joy, and/or ecstasy?!

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What are they? Your Top 5! And also tell us why!

 

For me...

 

1. Harry's Wondrous World (the Quidditch Fanfare and the winning scene) 

2. Theme from Jurassic Park 

3. Olympic Fanfare and Theme 

4. The Flying Theme (E.T.)

5. Summon the Heroes 

 

Honourable mentions:

 

Mom Returns and Finale (Home Alone)

Back to America (Angela's Ashes) 

Dry Your Tears, Afrika (Amistad)

The German Sub (Raiders of the Lost Ark)

Call of the Champions 

 

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I've got six in no particular order:

 

Jim's New Life (Empire of the Sun)

Exsultate Justi (Empire of the Sun)

Cadillac of the Skies (Empire of the Sun)

Flight to Neverland (Hook)

Call of the Champions

Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas (Home Alone 2)

 

 

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6 hours ago, KingPin said:

I've got six in no particular order:

 

Jim's New Life (Empire of the Sun)

Exsultate Justi (Empire of the Sun)

Cadillac of the Skies (Empire of the Sun)

Flight to Neverland (Hook)

Call of the Champions

Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas (Home Alone 2)

 

 

 

Good ones!

 

I completely forgot about Exultate Justi and Jim's New Life!!! Pure joy, fun, and happiness!

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Some good choices here.  The Never Feast was the first to come to mind for me.  Let me just add:

 

"Big Beautiful Ball" is a tremendously happy song

The Nimbus 2000 motif, very happy and playful

"Follow Me" from Always.

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1.The Less that Noble and Quite Horrific Death of  a screaming Jar Jar Binks as he is drawn and quartered, 

2. The Cowardly Hanging of Peter Pan

3. The Laughable Death of Padme Skywalker

4. Darth Vader Does the Frankenstein Dance.

5. The Big Fucking Giant gets Bullied Again

 

All of those tracks make me laugh

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2 hours ago, someonefun124 said:

The Throne Room/End Titles never fails to give me a feeling of happiness.

 

 

 

 

Agreed! 

 

Happiness, overwhelming pride, and ecstasy! 

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55 minutes ago, leeallen01 said:

Catamaran Race - Jaws 2.

Viktor Navorski - Terminal.

 

Agreed!

56 minutes ago, leeallen01 said:

Main Theme - Catch Me If You Can.

Tie Fighter Attack - Star Wars.

 

 

Happiness, ecstasy, and joy? 

 

Hmmm, not really.

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6 minutes ago, Brundlefly said:

The Flight (Catch Me If You Can)

 

Which track is this on the OS album?

6 minutes ago, Brundlefly said:

Snowy's Theme (Secret of the Unicorn)

 

Yes, this piece expresses happiness and joy (and eagerness) quite wonderfully!

 

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I forgot about Far and Away! The Fight themes as well as The Land Race. Pure happiness, excitement, and joy!

 

https://youtu.be/m5miK0Nz3Uw

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2 hours ago, Josh500 said:

 

It's called "The Float." ;)

Oh. Malheureusement, I don't have the track titles with me. There are scores whose track titles I don't know at all, but I know the music itself by heart. Film music track titles simply don't matter. Besides they change with every new release anyway.

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5 hours ago, MrScratch said:

“Isabel’s Horse and Buggy” from Stepmom is pretty happy.

 

Indeed! A good one, a hidden gem.

 

This always reminds me of Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas! 

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I'd like to add A NEW BEGINNING, to this list.

In just a few minutes, it ranges from regret, to sadness, to determination, to poignancy, to wistfulness, and then, as Muriel sees Macon, to hope, compassion, and then unbridled joy, as they realise that they truly are meant to be together. It's a wondrous piece, that leaves me both breathless, and in tears, every time I hear it.

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8 minutes ago, Richard said:

I'd like to add A NEW BEGINNING, to this list.

In just a few minutes, it ranges from regret, to sadness, to determination, to poignancy, to wistfulness, and then, as Muriel sees Macon, to hope, compassion, and then unbridled joy, as they realise that they truly are meant to be together. It's a wondrous piece, that leaves me both breathless, and in tears, every time I hear it.

 

I agree with what you said, though I wouldn't quite mention this piece in connection with works expressing happiness, joy, and ecstasy. 

 

In my opinion, this expresses a kind of hopeful wistfulness, thoughtful longing and sadness, and resigned contentment..... 

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16 hours ago, Richard said:

Josh, according to your profile, you are 35 years old. When you get to my age, believe me, "resigned contentment" is the best you can look forward to.

 

And how old are you?

 

Well, resigned contentment is not exactly the same as pure happiness and joy.  That's my whole point.

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