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#1 SF1_freeze

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 01:02 PM

Which John Williams scores give you the feeling of each of the four yearly seasons with its corresponding weather, cultural and climate conditions? What scores make you feel the hot and exotic time of summer, the rainy and misty time of fall, the snow and spirituality of winter or the lush and flowery time of spring?

I'm really curious what you will choose...





My number one JW scores which make me feel each season:

1) Fall: This has to be "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban".
The music like the film perfectly describes the melancholy and the silent beauty of fall as well as the foggy rainy weather

2) Winter: Ok, this is a no brainer... of course the JW Christmas masterpiece "Home Alone"

3) Spring: This is a hard one, i would say "Always"

4) Summer: It has to be JW's best exotic score in his career "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (second choice for summer would be jaws2)

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 01:06 PM

Harry Potter - A Change of Seasons.

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 01:12 PM

Hm...

Winter - One of the Home Alone scores, or even Seven Hears in Tibet. Tibet has those restless low string triplet lines and all that really remind me of winter storms and all.

Spring - This ones tough...maybe Stanley and Iris? It's that flute solo.

Summer - Born on the Fourth of July has a nice late summer sound, I think. Though, emotionally I equate it more with early/mid Autumn, just as the leaves are starting to turn, but there's still a lot of green around. Maybe The Patriot?

Fall - Early/mid Fall, like I said, BOTFOJ. The Accidental Tourist has a rainy day in the fall sort of sound. The Magic of Halloween from ET definitely reminds me of mid/late fall. The River sort of reminds me of fall too.



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Posted 05 November 2011 - 01:22 PM

Winter: A.I., Family Plot, Schindler's List, Black Sunday (for some reason)

Spring: Far And Away, Seven Years In Tibet

Summer: Jaws, Jurassic Park, Star Wars

Autumn: Angela's Ashes (easy), Jane Eyre, Stepmom

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 01:28 PM

Nice, original thread! Have to think about this though... Will comment later.
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Posted 05 November 2011 - 01:28 PM

Stepmom and Schindler's List are good ones, can't believe I forgot about those!

Fall is a very nostalgic season, I think. So scores like Born on the Fourth of July or Stepmom or Accidental Tourist, for me at least, are some of the best scores to represent the season.

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 04:15 PM

STEPMOM definitely has an autumn feel, yes.

It's not something I very often think about, but now that you mention it, there may be certain seasonal connotations tied to various scores.

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 05:00 PM

This is especially the time of year for the big H's. Hook, Home Alones and Harry Potters.

But I'm a year-round guy. I listen to everything at any given time.

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 05:07 PM

In my opinion the darker and warmer the texture of the score, the better it fits a colder season. The cooler and lighter the texture of a score the better it fits warmer seasons. Older recordings fit better with cooler seasons than new digital recordings for example.

So something like Minority Report, despite being attached to a sci-fi movie and technology, has the dark rich strings all around that make it perfect for winter/Holiday listening.

Something like the Summon the Heroes, with harsher/cold brass, lighter tone, is perfect for the summer.

I'd actually say John Williams music as a whole fits better with the colder seasons than it does with warmer seasons.


Off the top of my head, warning I will edit this as things come to me:

Fall/Winter:
Memoirs of a Geisha
Home Alone
Minority Report
Sorcerer's Stone
Chamber of Secrets
Prisoner of Azkaban
Monsignor
Seven Years in Tibet
The Last Crusade
The Empire Strikes Back
Schindler's List
Close Encounters
ET
AI
Nixon
JFK
The Fury


Spring/Summer
Star Wars
Return of the Jedi
The Phantom Menace
Attack of the Clones
Jaws (closer to Fall...just because of the warm old recording)
Temple of Doom
The Lost World
The Patriot
Jurassic Park

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 05:36 PM

Fall: IMAGES
Winter: HOOK
Spring: JANE EYRE
Summer: JAWS

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 06:36 PM

Fall - Prisoner of Azkaban, Munich, Memoirs of a Geisha

Winter - Schindler's List, Home Alone, The Terminal

Spring - Far and Away, War Horse (so far)

Summer - The Cowboys, Jurassic Park: The Lost World
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Posted 05 November 2011 - 06:37 PM

In my opinion the darker and warmer the texture of the score, the better it fits a colder season. The cooler and lighter the texture of a score the better it fits warmer seasons. Older recordings fit better with cooler seasons than new digital recordings for example.

So something like Minority Report, despite being attached to a sci-fi movie and technology, has the dark rich strings all around that make it perfect for winter/Holiday listening.

Something like the Summon the Heroes, with harsher/cold brass, lighter tone, is perfect for the summer.

I'd actually say John Williams music as a whole fits better with the colder seasons than it does with warmer seasons.



That's another way to see it but what i meant are the JW scores where you can "feel" a specific season in most parts of the music. That doesn't mean you have to listen to it in the same season.

For example i don't listen to "PoA" in a specific season but still "feel" the fall/autumn atmosphere while listening to the music...

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 07:28 PM

Which John Williams scores give you the feeling of each of the four yearly seasons with its corresponding weather, cultural and climate conditions? What scores make you feel the hot and exotic time of summer, the rainy and misty time of fall, the snow and spirituality of winter or the lush and flowery time of spring?

I'm really curious what you will choose...


Interesting!

Winter: Home Alone, Prisoner of Azkaban, Schindler's List
Spring: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (dunno why, but maybe because of the establishing shot of the college or even Elsa), The Patriot
Summer: Jurassic Park, Raiders, Jaws
Autumn: Munich, E.T., Angela's Ashes, Born on the Fourth of July

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 10:42 PM

It has a lot to in my view do with the season when I heard the score or saw the movie for the first time, or with the atmosphere of the movie.

Winter: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Call of the Champions, Seven Years in Tibet. I agree with ETandElliott about the 3 H's also.
Spring: Sabrina!
Summer: Jurassic Park, Far and Away, Always, A.I.
Fall: Angela's Ashes, Stepmom. Again Sabrina :)

Rest of JW scores don't fall in a specific season.

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 11:04 PM

WINTER: Home Alone,Hook, Seven Years in Tibet,Poseidon Adventure
SPRING:Far and Away, The River,Stanley and Iris
SUMMER: Jurassic Park, Raiders
FALL: Accidental Tourist, Sleepers

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 05:39 PM

This threat made me smile. I thought I was the only one who thought on these lines:)

For me:

Autumn: Amistad, Seven Years In Tibet, The Fury, Hook, Presumed Innocent, Fitzwilly, AI, HP, Stepmom, Cinderella Liberty, Sleepers, Horn Concerto, Schindler's List
Winter: Call of the Champions / American Journey,
Spring: Always, The Reivers, Tom Sawyer, Superman: The Movie, The Rare Breed.
Summer: JP, Indy (esp. Last Crusade), Star Wars (is that John Williams ? ), Far and Away, The Cowboys, The River,
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Posted 06 November 2011 - 05:49 PM

This threat made me smile. I thought I was the only one who thought on these lines:)


It's always dangerous when a threaT make you smile. ;)

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 05:50 PM

good point. a thread is what I should have said.
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Posted 06 November 2011 - 10:11 PM

John Williams's music transcends all seasonal boundaries.

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 11:05 PM

John Williams's music transcends all seasonal boundaries.


That's the easy way out ;). Just think it over, i'm sure you will also find JW scores where you predominantly feel one season

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Posted 09 November 2011 - 09:59 AM

Autum: "Stanley And Iris", and "The Accidental Tourist".

I'm happy to listen to any J.W. any time, and anywhere, but I always play "Setting The Trap" on Christmas Eve, without fail. It gets me into that Christmassy vice...for about 3 minutes.




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