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  1. Some movies should not be remade. And some can't. Well, maybe not can't, but would cost way too much to do. Think about it, based out what was outlined above, how much do you think the budget would be? Say, in the neighborhood of Lord of the Rings trilogy? Or Episodes I, II, and III? Those two examples have built in appeal and people wanting to see those movies get made. My best friend dragged me to see Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings. He will not need to drag me to see the next two-- I am looking forward to them. I would not be interested in seeing a remake of Ben-Hur. The original is a masterpiece. Leave it alone.
  2. This will not win me many friends, but I do think that Williams should rework sections of the scores for all of the Star Wars films once Lucas finishes his "I-really-mean-it-this-time-these-are-the-final-versions-of-these-films-and-I'm-not-going-to-reedit-them-anymore." versions of the films. Think about the original edit of ESB. How magnificent the music built momentum at the end and how badly Lucas %$&@(*ed up by putting shots of Vader walking to his ship. And I've read reports that Lucas shot more material to edit into the original trilogy when filming Episode II... Rescoring sections of the movies that Lucas has decided that need to be altered makes sense. What would you prefer: Williams to rescore, or more explicit music editing along the lines of what appears in Episode II? Bruckhorn, who thinks Lucas needs to hire himself a writer and a director for Episode III and somebody with the confidence to tell him "No." and get him to listen to it.
  3. Binary Sunset from ANH. After 25 years I still consider it one of the best moments of music I have ever heard. It just gets me. Though I gotta admit it, I was quite taken by the rendition of the Force theme that my nephew hummed when he was four. It wasn't quite in key, but impressive, most impressive, but he is not a Jedi yet...
  4. One: I apologize for not putting a question mark in the subject header to imply that I was questioning the status of the 2-cd set. I just need to remind myself that the subject headers do not need to be complete sentaces. Two: While I will admit that the U.S. getting their upset was big (in World Cup action), I think Senegal beating France was a bigger upset. The French look quite flat this time out. I just started a new job last week and my boss is a big soccer (futball) fan. One of my co-workers keeps a copy of the TV schedule in her purse and several others are from other countries (especially Sweden). Gotta keep up on the action to fit in. I'm sure they love my use of hockey terms to describe actions on the field. Three: Though I don't speak Spanish, I really like the way the guy on the Galavision broadcasts (in the US) exclaims "GOAL!" and makes it lasts thirty seconds, or so. At least it feels like it. I think he's trying to complete his goal calls from Germany's 8-0 defeat of Saudi Arabia. Four: I am surprised that my sports rant ended up being the thrust of the thread. Even if it did morph into being about the World Cup. Pretty much anything that brings people together in peace is pretty good in my book. (That's refering to the World Cup, not my rant.) Five: It's after 2 am, I'm tired, making far too many typos, and am due on the golf course in five and a half hours. Beddy-bye from Bruckhorn.
  5. Jim Svejda [sic?] described Schostakovich's Sixth Symphony as "music to go out and shoot yourself by." Is that dark enough for you? As for the Vln Cto, gotta go with the big dog, Beethoven. The Perlman recording. The only concert I have ever walked out of was a performance of it. The soloist substituted his own cadenza (while not unacceptable, was a fat cry from Beethoven's) and the conductor took the third movement at a snail's pace. Quite awful. As far as Tchaikovsky's: yeah I like it, but Conti using it to win himself an Oscar for Original Score for The Right Stuff soured me on the piece. I know, I know, it's not Piotr's fault, but still... Hmmm... No mention of Paganini. Would Bruch's "Scottish Fantasy" be considered a Violin Concerto? And back to the idea of dark music: Nane's "Rhapsodie Pathetique". Just tossing some things into the popper. Bruckhorn
  6. Surely you can't be serious! And Ren's response: Ren, Ren, Ren. You missed it. You should have replied: "I am serious and stop calling me Shirley." Bruckhorn, who knows the guy who has the line "Okay boys, let's take some pictures." in Airplane.
  7. Hey, y'all. A couple of weeks ago I read that the two disc set of Harry Potter was "due in a couple of weeks". Well, it's been a couple of weeks, anybody know its status? Bruckhorn, celebrating 29 posts! (it's my jersey number when I play sports.) (An aside, why was Kobe Bryant wearing a Jets uniform in the post game press conference tonight-- doesn't he know that the Jets play a couple hundred yards from where the Nets play? Guess that's the difference a college education makes.)
  8. I would say unto him, "Dude, I thought you retired. Didn't you put anything away for your golden years? Man, I'm gonna have to work until I've been dead for five years before I can retire." Bruckhorn, who met herr maestro twelve years ago and treated him with the respect due him. Didn't get an autograph, but I did shake his hand and I have the concert on tape. Shhh, don't tell anyone I said that last part.
  9. What movie was this? Young Sherlock Holmes. It came out in 1985. Please don't tell me how young you were back then, And for the new Indy film, how about: The man in the hat is back-- with a walker! Question: are the Indiana Jones books considered canon? If not, Indy can go after Excalibur and end up using it as a cane. I swear, I really am looking forward to it. It'll probably take place in the 1920s and have Ben Affleck in the role of Indy... Bruckhorn, who's pleased that Figo got to 100 posts.
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    Hmmm. Must listen to Beethoven's Fifth (Sym) and 1941 back to back. Bruckhorn, who was once told to marry a girl, who when told that she was going to hear Beethoven's Fifth, replied "Symphony or Piano Concerto?" (I'm still single and looking for that girl.)
  11. Part of the problem with the sound quality is that the recording was done durring a live show. In your job at the radio station you work at, Figo, I'd imagine that you are well acquainted with the variances of live recordings. When the Clarinet Concerto was recorded, was it with the intention of releasing it publically? And how were the master tapes stored? Some tape, when it ages, gets "sticky". Etc... If you enjoy Williams' "concert hall" music, get it. (I know, the ivory tower folks prefer "art music", but I consider that quite pompous and belittles other compositions.) Peace. bruckhorn
  12. Does this statement include music from Planet of the Apes, Logan's Run, and Alien? Bruckhorn, who likes his Goldsmith pushing the envelope...
  13. Are these the same people who think that McCartney's first band was Wings? bruckhorn, who has all of the Beatles albums. And listens to them, too!
  14. Sousa wrote operettas? Guess that's my something new for today! bruckhorn
  15. Amer??? :confused: Hector - who's feeling like Andre Lux allof a sudden at all the.... ********* Well, I didn't want to speak for the entire world. I have some knowledge of Ameican culture in the twentieth cenutry, but not for the entire world. While I do on occasion speak out of turn, I try to limit it as much as I can. Hector, you live in Mexico, do you think that Williams' work introduced a generation of Mexicans to orchestral music? If so, please feel free to speak for the people of your country.
  16. Yeah, it is a good thing. I saw footage of the ceremony and he looked quite pleased. Not only a thank you to his parents, but probably also something to use as an argument to make sure his kids go to college. What movie do you think he used for his senior thesis? Peace b.
  17. While it is easy to say that Schoenberg was the most influencial composer of the twentieth century-- most influencial to other composers, that is. Take a look at what Williams has on his track record: His score to Star Wars brought back the full orchestral score to Hollywood. His scores to Jaws, Star Wars, Close Encounters, Superman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and E.T. introduced an entire generation of Americans to orchestral music. His music has inspired people to become musicians (re: comments Williams made concerning scoring session of The Phantom Menace) and has influenced other composers (i.e.: me). While I am impressed that my nephew (all of seven) has been introduced to the music of Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, and Gershwin in the same public elementary school that I graduated from twenty years ago (all I got was a couple of sing-alongs with folk songs), it was the Force Theme that he was humming at the age of four. His music has touched millions of people. If he's not be the best composer, he certainly is the most important composer of the twentieth century. With all this, keep in mind: great music touches the soul and never lets go. And whatever has touched your soul and hasn't let go must be viewed as the best music for you. We are all different and all have different tastes. Viva la difference! Peace b. Harry Potter (the score, not the poster)
  18. Enjoyed reading about your encounter with the maestro. I met him after a concert in 1990 and thanked him for writing Always. Four months previous to the meeting I tweaked my knee (went to the ER the next day) and when I played that score it eased my pain. Truly showed the healing power of music. And as for others who call themselves big John Williams fans: I'm 6'5" and 270lbs. That's right, there's at least a 95% chance that I'm a bigger John Williams fan than you are. Okay, maybe just more voluminous... Peace. b.
  19. From www.thecityreview.com/olympics.html "... the program was thematically tied together by an 13-year-old skater, Ryne Sanborn, who held a lantern and was inspired by a fire god... " Do you consider your question answered? Bruckhorn, who shouted "Shut up!" when Couric and Costas kept muttering during "Call of the Champions." What is it with American television networks: any music the doesn't have words does't matter? Ugh!
  20. Suggestion for addition: Side A, 2:43 available Binary Sunset (Alternate) 2:19 Side B, 6:37 available Lando's Palace 3:53 The Levitation/ Threepio's Bedtime Story 2:46 This will put you two seconds over 45 min. In my experience in making tapes, this won't be a problem. (But make the silences between selections as short as possible.) Of the three pieces listed, the one I like the most is Lando's Palace. It has so many of the main themes, all in once piece. BTW, thanks for the springboard, I was thinking about making a tape for my seven year old nephew, and well... I think I got me some ideas now. b.
  21. What, no word from Harry about his pending attendence? Bruckhorn, who believes the "Location: Ohio" on Harry's posts, but thinks "Regular Poster" is an extreme understatement.
  22. Okay, this just got transfered to the trading board... Frosty: Full Score (JW Signature editions, unless noted, no order): Three Pieces from Schindler's List Raider's March Hymn to the Fallen (from Saving Private Ryan) Happy Birthday Variations Dry Your Tears, Afirka (from Amistad) The Olympic Spirit Theme from The Lost World The Cowboys Overture Adventures on Earth (from E.T.) Three Holiday Songs from Home Alone (Somewhere in My Memory; Star of Bethlehem; and Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas for Chorus and Orchestra) Suite from The Phantom Menace (The Flag Parade, Anakin's Theme, The Adventures of Jar-Jar, and Duel of the Fates) Suite from Star Wars Saga (Main Title, Princess Leia's Theme, The Imperial March, Yoda's Theme, and Throne Room & End Title) Suite from Star Wars (original-- Main Title, The Little People Work, Princess Leia's Theme, The Battle, and Throne Room & End Titles) The Five Sacred Trees (solo bassoon line with piano reduction) Anything interest you Frosty? Bruckhorn, who needs to send Hal Leonard more money for all of the recent additions.
  23. The 2-disc set was issued without track titles.
  24. Well, Frosty, what enticement is needed for you to complete your last sentance? Bruckhorn, who's curiousity is piqued...
  25. That's what the man said. I didn't see it. Bruckhorn, who's admitted to not bieng the most observant person in the world.
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