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    eitam reacted to Smeltington in NEW book by Frank Lehman - The Skywalker Symphonies: Musical Storytelling in Star Wars   
    Love it! This score deserves some attention! Although it'll be harder to unravel its mysteries than most, given what's available to us.
     
    Wow the italics are even showing up in the thread url. Never seen that before.
     
     
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    eitam got a reaction from bollemanneke in BREAKING NEWS: Disney Records to never release STAR WARS & INDIANA JONES Complete Collection Boxsets   
    Sadly I'm not yet at the point where I can just laugh about this. 
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    eitam got a reaction from Manakin Skywalker in BREAKING NEWS: Disney Records to never release STAR WARS & INDIANA JONES Complete Collection Boxsets   
    Sadly I'm not yet at the point where I can just laugh about this. 
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    eitam got a reaction from aj_vader in BREAKING NEWS: Disney Records to never release STAR WARS & INDIANA JONES Complete Collection Boxsets   
    Sadly I'm not yet at the point where I can just laugh about this. 
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    eitam got a reaction from Smeltington in BREAKING NEWS: Disney Records to never release STAR WARS & INDIANA JONES Complete Collection Boxsets   
    Sadly I'm not yet at the point where I can just laugh about this. 
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    eitam reacted to Thor in The official Alexandre Desplat thread   
    They're glorified cinemagoing experiences, nothing more. Takes all the life out of a proper concert.
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    eitam reacted to Falstaft in NEW book by Frank Lehman - The Skywalker Symphonies: Musical Storytelling in Star Wars   
    Wow, thanks everyone!  Obviously, the most important question to address is how I got those italics. Simple! https://lingojam.com/FacebookFonts 

    As for the timeframe: I have over a year to hand in the finished manuscript, but my goal is to have it completed well before that. It's a big book, and publishing is a very slow process. But everything so far is proceeding as I have forseen...
     
    It's not a guide to the scores really, but something more holistic, with each chapter looking at cues from all three trilogies from some angle: musical referentiality, thematic transformation, concert arrangements, and so on. There will be a ton of music examples (all my own annotated transcriptions as usu.), hopefully presented in an accessible way that draws in people who can't read sheet music. I know notation and music-theory jargon can be intimidating, and I'm hyper-aware of the potential gatekeeping effect it could on an already niche readership. But at the same time, I think we can all agree this music warrants deep and serious analysis! It's a balancing act for sure... 
     
    Alas, I don't have special access to recordings, and can't speak to official expanded album releases, as amazing as they would be! 
     
    Incidentally: I don't see it trumpeted nearly enough on these boards but Chloé Huvet came out with a book on SW music (mainly the OT and PT) a couple years ago that is absolutely brilliant and similarly synthetic in approach. The book is in French, which limits the audience, but it's worth getting your hands on if only for the fantastic music examples and charts.  The amount of insight in her prose is incredible too, and it's been a major source of inspriation to me. 
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    eitam reacted to Jay in NEW book by Frank Lehman - The Skywalker Symphonies: Musical Storytelling in Star Wars   
    The happy news I cryptically alluded to last week is now something I can make official: I just signed a book contract with OUP for 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘬𝘺𝘸𝘢𝘭𝘬𝘦𝘳 𝘚𝘺𝘮𝘱𝘩𝘰𝘯𝘪𝘦𝘴: 𝘔𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘚𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯 𝘚𝘵𝘢𝘳 𝘞𝘢𝘳𝘴!   It's a book it feels like I've been writing in my head for a long, long time -- since middle school, kinda? And unless Williams somehow returns to write another entry in the series, I'm treating it a chance to provide a properly 𝘴𝘺𝘯𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘤 investigation into these scores, all nine of them.   Even Rise of Skywalker?? 𝘌𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 Rise of Skywalker!   My hope is this book does some justice to the complexity, challenge, and sheer magic of this music.   Now, back to the grindstone!   https://www.facebook.com/Falstaft/posts/pfbid0L6wUjeDDxj6AmhwHh1f9obrVMJfYbPx4GJM8YaEWiZtqxwp37A88monPFVDxBQ26l  
    Congratulations, @Falstaft!
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    eitam got a reaction from Edmilson in The Official Zbigniew Preisner Thread   
    I love his work too, thank you @Thorfor the tip about his new album !
     
    To the ones you've already mentionned, I'll add Silence Night and Dream, and 10 Pieces for orchestra (both non film). 
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    eitam got a reaction from Thor in The Official Zbigniew Preisner Thread   
    I love his work too, thank you @Thorfor the tip about his new album !
     
    To the ones you've already mentionned, I'll add Silence Night and Dream, and 10 Pieces for orchestra (both non film). 
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    eitam reacted to Thor in The Official Zbigniew Preisner Thread   
    Amazingly, I couldn't find a previous thread for this composer, who is my 5th favourite of all time, and IMO the greatest European film composer currently living and working in Europe.
     
    Anyways, he has a new non-film album out today, but apparently it's only available on his own streaming platform. Haven't seen it so far on Spotify or YouTube, for example. Maybe later. But from the samples, it sounds gorgeous!

    https://store.preisner.com/melancholy
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    eitam reacted to mrbellamy in John Williams on Variety Cover (article & video)   
    Of course. My John Williams fandom will never die. Even not counting all the mysterious music that has never been heard, there is a ton of Williams music already available I still have yet to hear, or I'm unfamiliar with having only listened once or twice. I've already had the experience many times of scores I think I know well but I hear cues with new ears that never quite registered before. That will continue. But there ain't no Williams score like a new Williams score, no matter where it ranks!
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    eitam reacted to enderdrag64 in John Williams on Variety Cover (article & video)   
    "People ask about a legacy, I don't think about [that] very much - I think I'm much too young to think about such things" - John Williams
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    eitam reacted to BB-8 in Mark Graham just picked up a John Williams sketch and is "in a rush"! Any ideas?   
    Emanuel Ax's lawyer has raised the pressure after sending Christmas cookies didn't show any effect.
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    eitam reacted to Thor in RIP Seiji Ozawa   
    Aaaaw, sorry to hear it. But he was in a very frail state last time I saw him, so I knew he didn't have long. It's somehow comforting to know that he and Williams managed to meet one last time, when he did the concerts in Japan last year.
     

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    eitam reacted to Tallguy in Happy 92nd Birthday Maestro John Williams!   
    Something something but they're all dead.
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    eitam reacted to Ricard in JWFan turns 25!   
    JWFan was born 25 years ago today! 
     
    Hard to imagine back then that the site would still be up and running two and a half decades later, let alone that the Maestro would still be active after having composed nearly thirty more film scores and a similar number of concert works, as well as conducting over 200 concerts including Vienna, Berlin, Milan and Japan!
     
    Dozens of his film scores have received perfect releases during all this time, providing fans with the confidence that many more will come in the future, while maintaining and further enhancing the collective appreciation and admiration for the music we all love and which will remain with us for the rest of our lives.
     
    The analysis and discussion of his work has reached such level of comprehensiveness and detail, that our forums have become an essential reference for fans and scholars, while fomenting the creation of fascinating projects that expand and deepen the study of the Maestro’s oeuvre and contribute to increasing its appreciation by future generations who, without doubt, will continue to ensure that his name is in the place it deserves in the history of music and cinema.
     
    Thank you, Mr. Williams, and thanks to all those who have contributed during this time to make the site such a wonderful place. Here’s to 25 more!
     
    PS. The following quoted post, written for this thread 10 years ago, provides a short summary of the origins of the site:
     
     
     
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    eitam reacted to mrbellamy in John Williams receives 54th Oscar nomination for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny!   
    JWFan is obviously biased but calling Reddit "more objective" is laughable. I think there's probably some autopilot factor in the voting but I'm certain the Academy composers could explain why they voted for Dial of Destiny better than r/movies could why he didn't deserve it. 
     
    It's a double-edged sword because yes, Williams does get nominated for almost anything, but it also doesn't really happen with many other people. There are only a handful of figures who are that beloved and respected by their peers that they really will get singled out even if the movie around them isn't great. I know a lot of people think Williams is overrated, or Meryl Streep. I'm sure even some fashionistas have a bizarre axe to grind against Edith Head. But you do kinda have to have a certain something that can overlap skilled craftspeople with different tastes and fixations about their art, and Williams does have that. 
     
    I think implying he gets nominated year after year after year just off his greatest hits reputation is the same fallacy as when people assume somebody who just died is about to sweep awards season. It's very rare. It's a lot of people voting, the work does need to have something to it. What else actually is out there like "Helena's Theme" right now? I suppose somebody could argue "Well if it wasn't by John Williams nobody would care" but I think if Michael Giacchino had written it, Reddit would be way more likely to cream their jeans over it and screaming that he equalled John Williams's Indy scores. While I think the more open-minded JWFanners among us would still be impressed with it, but would push back against the idea that it's as good as Williams's best work....which is how we mostly feel about it now. 
     
    Now whether Giacchino would have gotten the Oscar nomination in a parallel universe where he wrote Williams's Dial of Destiny score, I don't think so. But I think there'd be perfectly reasonable arguing he'd have deserved it. 
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    eitam reacted to mrbellamy in John Williams receives 54th Oscar nomination for Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny!   
    The nominations are always more fun than the winners 
     
    I'm seeing people more annoyed with Williams this year than usual  I do think there was a lot of hope Joe Hisaishi could have gotten his first which would have been great. I really, really thought this was gonna be a skip year but truly very little can get in the way of JW and his Original Score parking spot. 
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    eitam reacted to Not Mr. Big in Sony dedicates its music building to John Williams   
    Right after the photo John Williams lunged for JJ Abrams in a rage
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    eitam reacted to Richard Penna in The Official Star Wars Expanded Score Petition Thread   
    I support the petition as it is, but I think a higher priority are the prequels. Not having the music (or at best, cobbled together from video games) is a more problematic case than wanting a remaster of a score where 90 something % of the music is there.
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    eitam reacted to Tom in John Williams Writes New Theme for ESPN College Football Championship - OF GRIT AND GLORY   
    The first version focused on big gushers of oil shooting up from the ground, but they opted to go with NASA version instead (which, ironically, uses lots of lots of oil in those rockets).  
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    eitam reacted to Bespin in Jon Burlingame Article on "Wearing Somebody Else's Underwear"   
    I'm disappointed by this thread; I really thought it would be about underwear.
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    eitam reacted to Schilkeman in My prediction for 2024   
    Didn't you know he stole it all from Burroughs, and that Gary Kurtz was the secret genius of Star Wars? I spend time on the internet, so I knew that.
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