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  1. Happy Birthday Maestro @88..... [just saw this on my facebook Sony Classical page] https://www.facebook.com/1497289083843603/posts/2489944331244735/
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  2. For over 30 years of the 88 that you have been around, I have have been enthralled by your music. I have listened to it for countless hours. I have formed many friendships because of it, and it has impacted my life in ways that are simply undeniable. Thank you John Williams Thank you JWFAN.
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  3. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/interview-john-williams-at-89-the-man-behind-the-best-and-most-hummable-film-scores-6z32zqz3h Interview: John Williams at 89, the man behind the best (and most hummable) film scores The composer tells Richard Morrison about his decades-long career — including the time he helped out a struggling LSO with ‘some sci‑fi film’ He left it late, but in January this year John Williams added another achievement to a body of work that includes more than 100 film scores, dozens of symphonic works and 52 Academy award nominations. Just a few
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  5. This forum has a "report post" feature and this is now the most reported post we've ever had in the entire history of this forum. This post is a reply to one short sentence: "Seems like 2015 is when the BF slate started having really high profile releases" I am shock and dismayed that a label representative, let alone a label owner, would choose to sign in to our forum to post a reply like this to what is a very innocuous post. The post never read to me as "Boy, LLL sure sucked in the past, 2015 was the year they FINALLY got good!", it read as "Boy, 2015 is
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  6. Some fact snippets I gathered from people who talked to people (in the orchestra etc.): - The Philharmoniker were big fans of Williams as a conductor and specifically pointed out his sensible and no-nonsense style as opposed to exaggerated theatrics by many of their regular famous big name conductors. They also supposedly said that such an enormous audience reaction and general atmosphere is unprecedented, even considering the New Year's Concerts. - Originally, three encores (i.e. a "usual" number) were planned: The Duel, Remembrances, and Raiders' March. It was the Phi
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  7. I think it’s time for him to start his own vlog.
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  8. I'm as floored as the rest of you! I knew from social media that Alex Ross had chatted w/ JW back in February, but had no idea about the content of their interview, or that the maestro himself apparently leafed through my catalogue. I can't imagine the "online fan sites" Ross says Williams is "delighted" by could be anything other than JWfan. It means a lot, even in just this small way, to know that JW is aware of all the passion and interest his music has inspired in this little community.
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  9. In this topic, there has already been some speculation about WP seating on JW concerts and we had a good chat of our own with @Marian Schedenig so I decided to ask my friend who plays double bass in the orchestra (and also played in both JW concerts). He told me the following: I don't know, we always play in this [i.e. American] setup when we're touring and sometimes also in the Musikverein, depends on the programme/project. I think Williams didn't care about the setup we play in. After Saturday's concert (which I attended), he also told me that the orchestra loved this project and
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  10. https://imgur.com/LxuCF3khttps://imgur.com/LxuCF3k
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  11. I think people have speculated about this, but it hadn‘t been confirmed yet (as far as I know). Now, ASM has confirmed in an interview with Bavarian television that JW is indeed writing a new „big“ violin concerto for her. She says it will be premiered „next summer“ (likely meaning summer 2021), even though she also talks about taking a sabbatical next year ( I guess she will make an exception for the premiere?). Here‘s the interview (in German). The relevant part starts at 13:13: I’m hoping that the premiere will bring JW back to central Europe. 😁
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  12. I'm sure some of y'all have seen this before, but here's John being interviewed by the late Andre Previn in 1988. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yj4sRhY-feY
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  13. http://www.intrada.net/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=8454 http://store.intrada.com/s.nl/it.A/id.12150/.f
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  14. I've been meaning to get another thread going for analyzing and appreciating a track from The Rise of Skywalker. So what does everyone think of "Approaching the Throne" (7m20), a true knock-out cue in my opinion. I can get the ball rolling by offering a section-by-section breakdown. It's a stupendously rich piece of music in terms of thematic references and developments -- at least 10 independent motivic components, and I'm probably missing a few important details. Apologies too if this is restating stuff that's already been identified and discussed. 0:
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  15. JW's score for The Adventures of Tintin is a stone cold masterpiece - an enormously propulsive work with over a dozen themes and motifs that power a very busy, nimble and complex score. I was disappointed to see the ambivalence people seem to have towards JW's Tintin score. That stops now. I think the score in the movie is well represented by still somewhat marred by sound effects. Here is a score only version of a riotous sea battle that Haddock recounts. Watch this to marvel at the intricacy of Williams' composition - individual punches,
    23 points
  16. Hello There, some of you maybe know my youtube channel martyprod2 where i posted around 80 Tv pro video of john wlliams conducting all kind of stuff, including his own music (or not). Some parts of my collections come from myself, and some from someone very nice from here.. I Just started to remaster each video one by one in Full HD, Widescreen, pictures improved upscaled and cleaned, colors eventually reworked and a bit of new color gradding, and sound normalized (my hearing illness actually forbidd me to do more than that for now). I take this opportunity to post the stuff
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  17. https://www.varesesarabande.com/products/how-to-train-your-dragon-the-deluxe-edition-cd First Solo now this!
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  18. According to the feature in this month's BBC Music Magazine:
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  20. https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2020/05/25/star-wars-roundtable-podcast/ Hope you'll like this one, guys.
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  21. In a BBC Radio 4 interview from this morning, John Williams mentions that he "[hopes] to be in Berlin in October conducting the orchestra". Is this the first we have heard of a potential concert with what sounds like the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra?? What do you make of this? Interview starts at 7:40am (1h40min in) but JW mentions Berlin at 7:44am, (1h44min in)? https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000ph3t If this is to be true and the vaccines are here to enable us to see concerts again, it is amazing to hear JW is still able and willing to work!!
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  22. I've been putting off starting another of these TROS track appreciation threads, because honestly talking Star Wars feels so exhausting lately. But I happened to listen the cue "Farewell" this morning and was again reminded how superb this piece is, probably the emotional heart of the soundtrack as a whole and a grand musical payoff for so many things Williams was doing in the Sequel Scores. In a way, the power of this cue has a lot to do with the fact that Williams was forced to communicate through music what the screenplay was unable (IMHO) to accomplish: make fo
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  23. jurassicjello · At Home With Gustavo Dudamel And John Williams
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  24. I suspect, if Anthem of Evil is Psalm of the Sith, then it was initially tracked to resemble something like this: Of course, the final cut plasters Vader's Castle over the Anthem of Evil theme, then fragments of Final Saber Duel over the rest (plus other incidental evil music that we can't place, because it isn't in the spreadsheet either). It's conceivable the entire Star Destroyer reveal originally belonged at the end of the film, and this is what Williams scored to accompany it.
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  25. WARNING: Essay inbound. It's interesting, the more that I think about it all; I didn't even attend the concerts and yet I have been practically glued to my screen, constantly refreshing this thread to see updates/photos/videos/reviews. These concerts mean a lot more (imo) for the legacy of John Williams (as well as the acceptance of film music) than any other event I can really think of in recent history. The Vienna Philharmonic has a bit of a reputation of being thought of as perhaps the most elitist/snobbiest orchestra (no offense to Austrian forum users!), the pinnac
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  26. The one thing that was the biggest revelation to me personally, and after 25+ years of listening to his music elevated my esteem of Williams as a composer and conductor even further: Having lived in Vienna my whole life, I've heard the Philharmoniker and other orchestras play at the Musikverein numerous times. Occasionally on parterre seats (mostly when I got cheap tickets for dress rehearsals), more often from the balcony. I've always had the impression that 1) the Golden Hall can indeed sound great if played right, but can also be overly reverb-y and intransparent when played too
    19 points
  27. He was bursting with glee when during the first part of the concert. Not quite so much in the end, but I think he was just tired by then. No surprise after a massive concert with 5 encores. I thought the arrangements worked wonderfully and were some of the highlights of the concert. But a diva? Mutter was perfectly humble and absolutely refused Williams's continuous prompts for her to step forward to claim her applause, to the point where I think he even got slightly annoyed with her. But she absolutely made a point of never stepping closer to the audience than Williams was
    19 points
  28. Here. It's tiny bit different from the regular tired anecdotes. It's a pretty good article. Karol
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  29. My love for music has never been greater. I’ve never been more excited about writing and conducting and doing all the things I can do with what time I have to do it, how precious it all is. I’m a grateful man. What a great quote!
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  30. The former producer liked hiring a guy who brickwalled everything. Cary and I work with folks who level properly. In the case of this, 5 Cat Studios oversaw the whole process. John is a joy and knows what he wants.
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  31. Hi everyone. In the same spirit as the "A New Home" from TROS appreciation thread, I thought I'd kick off discussion of another stand-out cue from The Rise of Skywalker. I'm tempted to call "Falcon Flight" the best action cue from Episode 9, though far too many of its attractions are obscured in the film mix to notice. It seems to me to be as good a synthesis as we could ask for of the thematic richness of the OT action-style with the PT and ST's emphasis on quick changing gestures and repetitive ostinati. Over its brief duration, we get series-standout renditions of:
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  32. Here's the original composition of The Speeder Chase cue before it was cut to pieces. It's over four and a half minutes long. (Edit: corrected bass note at 1:49)
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  33. It’s possibly the best JW interview in years. It truly helps when you have a brilliant writer and excellent music critic who knows his stuff doing the piece. I’m very glad also to see the work of scholars like Frank and Emilio recognized. Well done, dear friends!
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  34. Just imagine his reaction to our cue sheets and microedit discussions Edit: So... can it be said that he knows about JWFan's existence? A riddle of the ages solved! Excellent article overall.
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  35. Finally, some info: The legendary American film composer John Williams conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time - "Visit from the dear God" was the title of the standard, "standing upright jubilant choirs at their first appearance: as if God was received by earthly disciples John Williams in Vienna documents the historical performance - "a very special honour" in the life of the composer Symphonic Hollywood sounds on the stage of the Vienna Musikverein - the world-famous orchestra plays cult themes from Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, Jurass
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  36. 2nd video - Escape from the Karaboudjan a.k.a. the most gloriously scored punch in cinema history This is another one of Williams' stand out action cues from the score. Themes presented are Tintin's heroic theme, Snowy's theme, Sakharine's theme and the Bagghar theme. This is one of the cues where Tintin's heroic theme really gets to shine as he basically becomes an action hero here throwing punches, shooting at bad guys and doing generally heroic things and Williams graces every one of those instances with a bold statement. Other individual moments syn
    17 points
  37. Cameraman confirmed to me that the concert isn't only broadcasted later on some local channel, but there's also going to be Blu-ray release of it.
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  38. https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2020/10/12/war-of-the-worlds-podcast/ Also available as a YouTube video: Hope you'll like it, gents!
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  39. There’s a crucial detail that I think may help clear things up: Williams’ sketches themselves changed considerably when he stopped using credited orchestrators. The vast majority of JW sketches pre-2012 are 8 staves, with the strings on 3 staves (violin 1 and 2 together, viola, cello and bass together). Here’s an example from 2008: There’s not a lot of ambiguity in the sketch above, but the orchestrator does occasionally have to make decisions about exactly how to divide voicings between woodwind instruments or between first and second violins, etc. In rece
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  40. June 2nd, 2020, 6:00 P.M. G.D.: You know why we are here, John. J.W.: Absolutely. G.D.: So tell me John, what are your favorite recordings? J.W.: Well... I've got to tell you, Gustavo, that I never have the time to listen to music. G.D. Oh.
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  42. One funny detail from the Sunday concert. After all these encores, Johnny made his usual go-to-sleep-gesture!! This concert started 11 a.m.😜😜😜
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