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  1. The Williams tune? I ask because Keith Lockhart opens his (excellent) Boston Pops Christmas album with "Gloria," but it's not by John Williams and it's much more Christmas-y.
  2. I'd love to hear "Blue Cathedral" live! Most of the recordings I've heard just don't get loud enough for the fine details near the end.
  3. I remember the orchestral version of "Sound the Bells" was used as the music underneath the announcer as he told us who would be performing. Often, it was the highlight of the week trying to hear just a few precious clean seconds of non-film music from Williams! Over the years, Williams did perform quite a bit of his music on the show. I remember an Olympics-themed episode in '96 with "Summon the Heroes" (and "Javelin"). I think Williams even gave Randy Newman his first shot at conducting publicly with the Pops one time (though I could be mis-remembering this). And there was a pre-recorded conversation between the two where Newman admitted to voting for "Home Alone" for the Oscar. Anyone recall this?
  4. Too many to name, probably, but one that always struck me was tracking shot at the opening of SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. When the first cross comes into frame, Williams scores it with a subtle snare roll. Appropriate and moving.
  5. So we just got back from ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD and I must say... I missed the music credits due to a fake cigarette promo playing split-screen at the same time! Dang. The internet is chockablock with info about all the songs Tarantino used, but I can't find a list of all the film score bits he re-appropriated. My ears first perked up when the sound of Bernard Herrmann's TORN CURTAIN music was played prominently. Another scene, when Brad Pitt is looking in the house for George (I don't want to say too much), is underscored by some tense music. Sort of reminded me of Williams' TV music, but I suspect Williams is not hip enough for a Tarantino film. Anyone see the movie or know where a list cues can be found? Thanks.
  6. Nearly every album I've purchased on vinyl in the last five years has had a code for a digital download. Perhaps they do the same for the 10".
  7. Wasn't "Summon the Heroes" composed with the knowledge it would be sliced and diced for all sorts of NBC packages and segments? It always seemed less cohesive than the others, but after a few listens, the complexities make it a stand-out. Still, the original Fanfare and Theme is the best! (Especially after hearing the new Dudamel recording with the thunderous percussion and organ.
  8. According to this article on FSM way back in 1998, John Williams' song cycle "Seven for Luck" was premiered in its entirety at Tanglewood on July 25th, 1998. While searching online, I came across this project: https://www.bso.org/brands/tanglewood/tanglewood-music-center/tmc75-archival-recording-project-downloads.aspx#about A Tanglewood archival recording project? This sounds like a good way to start a search for a possible recording of the evening's concert. The page has no directly link for contact. Does this organization know it's sitting on a musical gem?
  9. I think the Tuba Concerto was a turning point. For me, it perfectly melds Williams' film and concert sensibilities into a perfect work. I selected its third movement as my favorite (just to be consistent), but I could just as easily selected the slow movement of the Trumpet or the first from the Bassoon or the scherzo from the Cello. Too many to choose! And "Highwood's Ghost" is really a masterpiece!
  10. 100% agree about the pure genius of the cue. But what about the way it was treated in the final mix: In the versions of the film I've seen, the "laser beam" sound effect at the climax COMPLETELY overshadows the music. Distracts me to no end!
  11. Mr. Previn was promoting his book "No Minor Chords" on Larry King's radio show many years ago. I took the opportunity to call in and was able to ask him a question. Something about Williams' symphony Previn had premiered. It was all a blur. I'd never called a radio show before, and haven't since. Top notch guy.
  12. Just a public service announcement for Williams fans in Oregon: Oregon Public Broadcasting will premiere the "Great Performances" episode featuring Highwood's Ghost on Sunday, December 30th at noon. This is instead of the PBS premiere on Friday, December 28th. I've got my recorder set!
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