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Musica42

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  1. Good enough for me. Thanks a ton!
  2. Who played oboe in the Return of the Jedi recording sessions? Anybody happen to have the answer?
  3. "Meet my ghostwriter for The Last Airbender." "E.T. phone homo."
  4. Milton Babbit dies on Saturday and now John Barry a mere day later... Why do great composers always seem to die in clusters?
  5. Has this place changed the way I listen? Not in the slightest, but I arrived here in my upper 20's, after receiving a degree in music, so my listening skills were pretty set in stone. My opinions haven't fluctuated one iota either. When I arrived here I thought Williams and Goldsmith were the masters, Horner the brilliant but dirty thief, Giacchino the phenomenal up-and-comer, and Zimmer the unfortunately over-popular rock star of film music. Also Tyler Bates the sack of crap. What has changed me is finding a place to trade manuscript scores and getting the opportunity to study the works o
  6. Oh, thank you so much!! I didn't know that! and it's complete free? hard to imagine! Yup, totally free. A really nice service they provide and something I wish more publishers would pick up on. As for Barber if you're looking to really dig into his catalog I'd say there really aren't any duds to be found. However (and I base this on absolutely nothing but the nature of your original request) I would shy away from his Second Symphony and his Essays for Orchestra. All great pieces, but far more modernist in their approach. Some others of his work that may interest your are his Summer Music
  7. You can get access to just about everything by Barber using the free Schirmer on Demand, which is basically G. Schirmer's online score perusal service. Go to http://digital.schirmer.com/ and follow the directions and you should have unlimited access to a ton of great stuff including a lot of John Corgliano's works as well as Elfman's Serenada Schitzophrenia.
  8. A few things come to mind. Erich Korngold's Symphony in F. The 2nd and 3rd movements in particular. The 2nd is a brilliant whirlwind scherzo that only lets up to get interrupted by a heroic theme for the horn. Simply electrifying from beginning to end. As for the 3rd movement, if you're looking for music that evokes a child lost in a magical forest, then look no further then this. Samuel Barber's First Symphony. This is actually all written to be one continuous movement so some recordings reflect that while others break it up across multiple tracks. What may be of particular interest to
  9. Heartbeeps. I've tried several times. Never get further than 3 or 4 tracks in. John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! I keep this around only to show the occasional person how awful Williams could be in his early career. The Lost World. I keep this around to remind myself that John Williams is completely capable of phoning it it. The rest get pretty frequent play.
  10. Any movie scored by Williams that nobody has heard of. Except Heartbeeps.
  11. I'm going to agree that all in all the wide-release movies this year were pretty disappointing, particularly in the music department. Edge of Darkness - still can't get over John Corigliano's replacement, even for someone as great as Shore. Alice in Wonderland - liked the tracks that prominently featured the main theme but it, like the movie it accompanied, was a turgid mess Clash of the Titans - as rarely an epic mythology-based film comes out I was livid at how generic and unlistenable the score to this one was Robin Hood - another film I excepted great things from, especially given the dire
  12. This is disgustingly self serving, but... Every film I've ever scored. Edit: So obscure they're not even worth mentioning.
  13. Being a child of the 80's I've wasted entire days just listening to music from this site. Also, a friend of mine put me onto this track from the StarCraft 2 soundtrack. Get past the opening few seconds of homage and it gets incredibly awesome. The first slow theme even feels a bit Goldsmith-y. Sadly I don't know whose actually responsible for this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJA5mc3pCBE
  14. On a whim played through the Harry Potter and The Halfblood Prince game and was amazed at how much better the score was than Hooper's. James Hannigan demonstrates more talent in the first 30 seconds of this track than the entirety of Hooper's tragically underwhelming score. Game sucked, but that's another matter entirely.
  15. It's come to my attention that many of my favorite scores by many of my favorite composers happen to be within the feature length animation genre. Powell - How to Train Your Dragon, Bolt Giacchino - The Incredibles, Ratatouille, UP Goldsmith - The Secret of N.I.M.H. Horner - An American Tail, Land Before Time Desplat - Fantastic Mr. Fox Zimmer - Lion King, Prince of Egypt Hisiashi - Miyazaki films Thomas Newman - Finding Nemo David Newman - Anastasia Coulais - Coraline Kamen - Iron Giant Silvestri - A Christmas Carol JNH - Atlantis Elfman - Nightmare Williams - ...Mr. DNA? There's a certain wi
  16. Your point that there's only room for a single genre of music at any given point in time? It's not that I don't get the point. I just don't agree with it.
  17. I feel it pertinent to point out that those trying to compare Desplat's score with Williams' entries in the series are completely disregarding the fact that even PoA was six years ago. It was a VERY different Hollywood back then, e.g. Goldsmith was still with us (albeit it for just a month longer), practically nobody knew who Giacchino was (The Incredibles was still about half a year off) and the bland Media Ventures sound wasn't nearly as ubiquitous then as it is now. Looking at the Best Score Oscar noms from that year we have Finding Neverland, The Village, The Passion of the Christ, PoA,
  18. Agreed. Of all the John Williams scores I own, when it came down to choosing the one I wanted to try and get signed, I chose A.I. I like to think I'm the only person on the planet with a signed A.I. CD, thus putting me in some special bracket of super fandom.
  19. No question. Prisoner of Azkaban. Although this being a hypothetical why not a boxed set of the complete Potter scores I-III?
  20. 01. Citizen Kane 02. A Clockwork Orange 03. Psycho 04. The Good, The Bad, The Ugly 05. The Neverending Story All great scores in their own right, but all very unique in approach. I'd love to know how Williams would have handled them.
  21. I understand the reason for shying away from featuring the instrument. But given the nature of what I'm doing I need to try nonetheless. And again we need not limit this discussion to just Williams. Edit: Alex North's Love Theme from Spartacus has a nice exposed viola (doubled in solo horn) melody about 27 seconds in. Hot damn, they do exist!
  22. Having spent the last year or so doing some heavy manuscript trading on this site I've now begun the process of cataloging excerpts for all the instruments of the orchestra as an addendum to the orchestra texts I study (Forsyth, Adler, and Rimsky-Korsakov/Alexander). Right now I'm simply documenting the passages that feature an individual instrument, but I plan to take this further and have sections that follow Rimsky-Korsakov's book with instruments on the melody in combination, instruments on the harmony, etc, etc. So far the violin section is coming together very nicely so I have moved on
  23. I gave The Last Airbender a listen last night and I was so happy with what I heard. I've been looking forward to The Last Airbender score ever since I caught wind of the project. I love JNH's fantasy writing and I've been silently annoyed that he's spent the past few years pursuing relatively uninteresting projects. Thankfully my waiting was worth it and I love what he's managed to come up with here. It's epic and and I completely disagree with the folks who are dismissing this. Are there moments of big drums and french horns? Well yah. But if that's all you hear in this score I have to s
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