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#1 SF1_freeze

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 07:39 PM

This is a collection of all the rare and not so rare Richard Dyer / Boston Globe articles i could aquire over the years. In it JW often talks about the score he worked/works on at the time of the article. This would be great to be added to the corresponding filmography sections as a bonus.

This is a work in progress topic. If you have any other JW articles please post them here and i will add them to the main post!


1980

JW is new Pops Maestro - Richard Dyer 1980
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JW passes Test with flying Colors - Richard Dyer - 1980
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QA with John Williams - Richard Dyer - 1980
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Where is JW coming from - Richard Dyer - 1980
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1981

Borok and Williams make Merry - Richard Dyer - 1981
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JW quiet side - Boston Globe - 1981
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1982

Orchestrating a new pops season - Richard Dyer - 1982
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1983

Williams Answers Spielberg's Call For Music - George McKinnon - 1983
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1986

Getting ready for a big date - Richard Dyer - 1986
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1987

Pride and Pops - Richard Dyer - 1987
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1988

Pops well tempered for upcoming season - Richard Dyer - 1988
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1989

JW begins 10th year with Pops - Richard Dyer - 1989
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Orchestrating Indiana Jones - Boston Globe 1989
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JW pursuit of Excellence - Boston Globe - 1989
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You will be hearing from him - Richard Dyer - 1989
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How JW celebrates Christmas - Boston Globe - 1989
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A new recording contract for Pops - Richard Dyer - 1989
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1990

JW talks pops past and future - Richard Dyer - 1990
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The Music Man - Richard Dyer - 1990
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1991

JW to retire in 93 - Richard Dyer - 1991
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1992

Hook and JFK - Richard Dyer - 1992
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Articles from 1993 till Today are included in my next posting below

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 07:40 PM

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This is epic! Thanks for posting!

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 07:44 PM

Indeed a great idea to gather them here! :)

Here is one extra article at least:

1998

Spielberg and Williams on Saving Private Ryan - Richard Dyer -1998


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"We pop out and come into the world and music is there. We didn't invent it - it's all organised in the atmosphere by divinity or whatever. It's a miracle." - John Williams-

 

I think music is a stream of some kind. It could be blood. It could be water. It could be ether. Whatever it is it seems to be a living, organic force that’s in motion, that serves humanity and is part of humanity and part of what describes us as humans. We sing, play, dance, all the things that we do. And there is a vibrant and great literature we have been given. ... As musicians, we join the stream. We swim in the stream with all the other millions of music makers. It’s a life force, a strong one, surrounding us and we are part of it. -John Williams-


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Posted 24 April 2012 - 08:00 PM

Continuation for articles starting with the year 1993


1993

The Williams Whirlwind - Richard Dyer - 1993
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Debut with the BSO - Richard Dyer - 1993
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The legacy of JW - Richard Dyer - 1993
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Final Bow - Richard Dyer - 1993
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1994

Movie Music History - Richard Dyer - 1994
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1996

London Independent Interview - Edward Seckerson - 1996
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1997

Star Wars 20th Anniversary: Interview with John Williams - Craig L. Byrd - 1997
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Amistad Press release - 1997
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1998

Spielberg and Williams on Saving Private Ryan - Richard Dyer -1998
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Boston Pops Concert 98 - Richard Dyer - 1998
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JW many facets - Richard Dyer - 1998
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Students learn from Master - Richard Dyer - 1998
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1999

The Making of TPM - Laurent Bozerau - 1999
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Making 'Star Wars' sing again - Richard Dyer (Boston Globe article) - 1999
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2000

Angela's Ashes - Richard Dyer - 2000
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JW listens to a song of a tree - Richard Dyer - 2000
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2001

Williams casts spell for `Potter' score - Richard Dyer - 2001
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2002

The Movies's Music Man - Timothy Mangan - 2002
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The force is with him - Stephen Moss (The Guardian) - 2002
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Schubertizing the Movies - James R. Oestreich - 2002
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Thanks Incanus, 1998 article added
Thanks Maurizio, 1999 article added

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 08:13 PM

GREAT idea! Thanks!

Here's another good one:

Making 'Star Wars' sing again - Richard Dyer (Boston Globe article) - 1999

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 08:35 PM

YES!!!!!!!!!!! :)

A lot of those articles weren't available online anymore, so having them here is fantastic!

I'll add them to the main site as soon as I can.

Thanks!!!
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Posted 24 April 2012 - 10:02 PM

Great work, Mr. Freeze. I'll have to take some time off one of these days, make myself a cup of coffee and read through them all. Always in the search of some tidbit of JW info we weren't already familiar with.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 10:59 PM

Wow, thank you! I cannot wait to read these later on!!!!
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Posted 25 April 2012 - 04:37 AM

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 05:19 AM

I love how Dyers hard hitting interview technique always get Williams to say more then he wanted.

It's Frost/Nixon!

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 05:42 AM

I love how Dyers hard hitting interview technique always get Williams to say more then he wanted.

It's Frost/Nixon!

:lol:

If anything Dyer's interviews are pretty pleasant in style. Sympathetic and courteous so Williams answers in kind. Dyer also seems to ask all the right questions so there is usually something more personal and new in these interviews which is not the usual PR Q/A stuff Williams (and most other celebrities) fall back on. But it is not like Dyer puts Williams' back against the all and forces the answers out of him with thumb screws.

Oh and thank you again guys for posting these.

Ars superior est vita hominum.

 

"We pop out and come into the world and music is there. We didn't invent it - it's all organised in the atmosphere by divinity or whatever. It's a miracle." - John Williams-

 

I think music is a stream of some kind. It could be blood. It could be water. It could be ether. Whatever it is it seems to be a living, organic force that’s in motion, that serves humanity and is part of humanity and part of what describes us as humans. We sing, play, dance, all the things that we do. And there is a vibrant and great literature we have been given. ... As musicians, we join the stream. We swim in the stream with all the other millions of music makers. It’s a life force, a strong one, surrounding us and we are part of it. -John Williams-


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Posted 25 April 2012 - 05:51 AM

Tim Sebastian needs to interview Williams one of these days.

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 09:21 AM

Richard Dyer is considered to be one of America's best music critics (he's now retired). Like many others, he was pretty curious about this Hollywood composer being drafted to a prestigious music institution like the BSO back in 1980. He had a very open mind and embraced him totally from day 1. He has always been one of his greatest admirers and the various interviews conducted with him during Williams' Pops tenure were always pretty informative and even personal.

I think Dyer would be a great writer of a Williams biography.

Back to the interviews/articles, I've collected quite a number of them over the years, including some great stuff like the glorious 1978 interview by Derek Elley published on Films & Filming. Most of them are scans and/or xerox copies however, so it would take me some time to pull them out and putting them in text format. Here's a bunch of another good ones btw:

Star Wars 20th Anniversary: Interview with John Williams - Craig L. Byrd - 1997 (originally published on FSM print edition)

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The force is with him - Stephen Moss (The Guardian) - 2002

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A Career of Epic Proportions - Jon Burlingame (LA Times) - 2002

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 07:53 PM

Just read "Where is JW coming from - Richard Dyer - 1980"...does anybody know about the "atonal" score for a Ray Bradbury television project? I don't recall every hearing about that.
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Posted 25 April 2012 - 08:06 PM

I think he's referring to The Screaming Woman, which was based on a short story by Ray Bradbury.
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Posted 25 April 2012 - 08:08 PM

Ah I see, I didn't know Bradbury was behind it. Thanks!
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Posted 26 April 2012 - 12:07 PM

I think he's referring to The Screaming Woman, which was based on a short story by Ray Bradbury.


True.

It's not a very good film, but it's an interesting concept. And Williams' score is full-on avantgarde. Deserves a release!

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 02:05 PM

I had many of those articles on my old website. Glad to see them posted here.
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"I owe a tremendous debt of gratitute do John Williams. Without his music, Superman's powers are greatly deminished. Believe me, if you try to fly without that theme, you go nowhere... one step, two steps and... down!" -- Christopher Reeve, May 1993
"John Williams will go down as one of the greatest composers." -- Leonard Slatkin, american conductor
"Ah yes, the Olympics. The quadrennial event where composer John Williams collects a hefty royalty check from NBC."
"Music is not a luxury but a necessity" - Robert Shaw
"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe." -- Albert Einstein

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 03:13 PM

I had many of those articles on my old website. Glad to see them posted here.


What happened to your old site, by the way?

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 04:05 PM

It will be interesting to see when and by whom John Williams biography will be written...

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 08:25 PM

SF1-Freeze,

danke für den besten und wichtigsten John Williams thread, den es jemals gab.
Habe 9 Stunden lang jedes einzelne Interview genau gelesen und bin begeistert.
Jetzt weiß ich mehr als zuvor.

Danke!

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:52 PM


I had many of those articles on my old website. Glad to see them posted here.


What happened to your old site, by the way?


It was part of the network run by Andreas. When he had the need to take it down, I didn't look for another host, as the site was terribly out of date. Of course I have all the data, and some files, namely many of this articles, are still on the original host, a free space from a Portuguese ISP.
At the time, I translated most of them to Portuguese, but posted some in English that can still be checked here: http://johnwilliams....rtigos/art3.htm

I guess most, if not all of them, are already on this thread.
As for my site, I've been toying with the idea of putting it back on-line, but have to find the time to do that...

Richard Dyer is considered to be one of America's best music critics (he's now retired). Like many others, he was pretty curious about this Hollywood composer being drafted to a prestigious music institution like the BSO back in 1980. He had a very open mind and embraced him totally from day 1. He has always been one of his greatest admirers and the various interviews conducted with him during Williams' Pops tenure were always pretty informative and even personal. I think Dyer would be a great writer of a Williams biography. Back to the interviews/articles, I've collected quite a number of them over the years, including some great stuff like the glorious 1978 interview by Derek Elley published on Films & Filming. Most of them are scans and/or xerox copies however, so it would take me some time to pull them out and putting them in text format.


I have the two issues of "Films & Filming" where the Williams interview was printed, and can post scans over the weekend.
As for Dyer, he had a close connection with the BSO, and in the 80's, he was the voice of many Boston Pops televised concerts. He also wrote the liner notes for a few of the Philips Classics releases of Williams with the orchestra.
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"I owe a tremendous debt of gratitute do John Williams. Without his music, Superman's powers are greatly deminished. Believe me, if you try to fly without that theme, you go nowhere... one step, two steps and... down!" -- Christopher Reeve, May 1993
"John Williams will go down as one of the greatest composers." -- Leonard Slatkin, american conductor
"Ah yes, the Olympics. The quadrennial event where composer John Williams collects a hefty royalty check from NBC."
"Music is not a luxury but a necessity" - Robert Shaw
"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe." -- Albert Einstein

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 07:38 AM

SF1-Freeze,

danke für den besten und wichtigsten John Williams thread, den es jemals gab.
Habe 9 Stunden lang jedes einzelne Interview genau gelesen und bin begeistert.
Jetzt weiß ich mehr als zuvor.

Danke!


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Posted 27 April 2012 - 08:37 AM


Obrigado para o melhor e o mais importante segmento de John Williams, nunca houve.

Acabo de ler 9 horas cada única entrevista e estou emocionado.

Agora eu sei mais do que antes.


Obrigado!

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 12:09 PM

You need to get your Portuguese in better shape! :drool:
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"I owe a tremendous debt of gratitute do John Williams. Without his music, Superman's powers are greatly deminished. Believe me, if you try to fly without that theme, you go nowhere... one step, two steps and... down!" -- Christopher Reeve, May 1993
"John Williams will go down as one of the greatest composers." -- Leonard Slatkin, american conductor
"Ah yes, the Olympics. The quadrennial event where composer John Williams collects a hefty royalty check from NBC."
"Music is not a luxury but a necessity" - Robert Shaw
"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe." -- Albert Einstein

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 12:28 PM

LOL! Just fooling around with Bing translator.

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 01:27 PM

Repeating an offense directly after the owner of the site told you to knock it off is not a good idea. My finger is hovering over the Suspend button, so be careful

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 01:36 PM

Sorry, LeBlanc. Situation is settled already after having a good chat with Ricard.
I didn't set out to upset anybody. But some people seem to sit in the hot chair
today. No reason for barking.

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 04:24 PM

These articles are fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing, I've got such great reading material for a while now :)

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 11:34 AM

Anyone here got the interview with Williams on IMAGES? I think it was from the late 70s.

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 11:35 AM

Doesn't Jon Burlingame quote long stretches of it in his liner notes for the Images release? I also remember that the article was available on JWFan quite a while ago.

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"We pop out and come into the world and music is there. We didn't invent it - it's all organised in the atmosphere by divinity or whatever. It's a miracle." - John Williams-

 

I think music is a stream of some kind. It could be blood. It could be water. It could be ether. Whatever it is it seems to be a living, organic force that’s in motion, that serves humanity and is part of humanity and part of what describes us as humans. We sing, play, dance, all the things that we do. And there is a vibrant and great literature we have been given. ... As musicians, we join the stream. We swim in the stream with all the other millions of music makers. It’s a life force, a strong one, surrounding us and we are part of it. -John Williams-


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Posted 28 April 2012 - 12:26 PM

Anyone here got the interview with Williams on IMAGES? I think it was from the late 70s.


Here it is:

John Williams on Images - Irwin Bazelon (published on the book Knowing the Score) - 1975

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 12:31 PM

Thanks Maurizio! Excellent to have it here. :)

Ars superior est vita hominum.

 

"We pop out and come into the world and music is there. We didn't invent it - it's all organised in the atmosphere by divinity or whatever. It's a miracle." - John Williams-

 

I think music is a stream of some kind. It could be blood. It could be water. It could be ether. Whatever it is it seems to be a living, organic force that’s in motion, that serves humanity and is part of humanity and part of what describes us as humans. We sing, play, dance, all the things that we do. And there is a vibrant and great literature we have been given. ... As musicians, we join the stream. We swim in the stream with all the other millions of music makers. It’s a life force, a strong one, surrounding us and we are part of it. -John Williams-


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Posted 28 April 2012 - 12:42 PM

You're welcome :)

Here's another really good one:

Interview from the book "Once Upon a Galaxy: A Journal of the Making of The Empire Strikes Back" - Alan Arnold - 1980
(thanks to elvisjones, who posted it several years ago!)

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 01:13 PM

Amazing, Maurizio! Thank you. Exactly my cup of tea.

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 02:00 PM


Anyone here got the interview with Williams on IMAGES? I think it was from the late 70s.


Here it is:

John Williams on Images - Irwin Bazelon (published on the book Knowing the Score) - 1975


This isn't the complete interview. I have the Bazelon book, and will scan it and post it as soon as I can.
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"I owe a tremendous debt of gratitute do John Williams. Without his music, Superman's powers are greatly deminished. Believe me, if you try to fly without that theme, you go nowhere... one step, two steps and... down!" -- Christopher Reeve, May 1993
"John Williams will go down as one of the greatest composers." -- Leonard Slatkin, american conductor
"Ah yes, the Olympics. The quadrennial event where composer John Williams collects a hefty royalty check from NBC."
"Music is not a luxury but a necessity" - Robert Shaw
"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe." -- Albert Einstein

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 03:13 PM

Great! I've never had the feeling that I've learned more about John Williams - as a person -
than by all those articles and interviews that you provided here so generously.

Today, he's just this icon. And, content-wise, interviews after 2001 tend to be superficial
and lazy. Nothing to learn. Maybe because of PR intervention. You hardly get any insights
into the working process today.

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 03:31 PM

Or maybe because he isn't interviewed by proper music critics like Dyer. Of recently, I always enjoy Brian Bell's interviews for WGBH.
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"John Williams will go down as one of the greatest composers." -- Leonard Slatkin, american conductor
"Ah yes, the Olympics. The quadrennial event where composer John Williams collects a hefty royalty check from NBC."
"Music is not a luxury but a necessity" - Robert Shaw
"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe." -- Albert Einstein

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Posted 28 April 2012 - 04:10 PM

It has changed for the better, recently.

Did anybody read this thesis?

THE ART AND CRAFT OF JOHN WILLIAMS
Abstract
by Danae A. Lincoln
2011

http://ir.library.or....pdf?sequence=1

Honorable Mention to Angela Morley.


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Posted 28 April 2012 - 04:21 PM

Interesting...
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"I owe a tremendous debt of gratitute do John Williams. Without his music, Superman's powers are greatly deminished. Believe me, if you try to fly without that theme, you go nowhere... one step, two steps and... down!" -- Christopher Reeve, May 1993
"John Williams will go down as one of the greatest composers." -- Leonard Slatkin, american conductor
"Ah yes, the Olympics. The quadrennial event where composer John Williams collects a hefty royalty check from NBC."
"Music is not a luxury but a necessity" - Robert Shaw
"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe." -- Albert Einstein




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