Arnaud got a reaction from carlborg in "Monsignor"
Gloria used to be the one cue I found difficult. I have come to appreciate it for the impressive piece of music it is. It is supposed to stand out and it really does!
As for the comments about Monsignor and the Godfather, as far as I am concerned I see no connection whatsoever. And I have great admiration for both Godfather scores.
Italy + trumpet solo = similar? That's a little thin for me.
Arnaud reacted to Quintus in Your favorite John Williams score of the 80's? CONCLUDED
Indy's First Adventure has a theme for a rhinoceros. You don't see that every day.
In fact you don't see it ever.
One of Williams's best cues, in the greater scheme of things.
Arnaud reacted to 222max in Goldsmith secretly admired Williams
Goldsmith respected and admired Williams and it was no secret. He was very open about it on several occasions. In fact, I can think of more statements where Goldsmith praises Williams than the other way around. I remember, in particular, a live web chat Goldsmith did back in the 90's and someone asked if he thought Williams had "lost it". Goldsmith's reply seemed terse as he said... "go and listen to Schindler's List and come back and say he's "lost it."
What Goldsmith didn't like was pretense and he found some of the Boston Pops posturing pretentious as well as film composers trying to cozy up to the classical establishment for validation as if film scoring was some lesser art form. Goldsmith strongly believed that film scoring was every bit a legitimate musical form as concert music.
I even have an audio interview where he defends John Williams as the single creative force behind the 5-note Close Encounters theme when someone in the audience claimed that it was Spielberg who came up with it.
Most of the competition and envy regarding these two giants more often stemmed from the fans rather than the men themselves.
Arnaud got a reaction from Sharkissimo in New Book: John Williams's Film Music: Jaws, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and the Return of the Classical Hollywood Music Style
Ok, first of all, to seek something out, one has to be aware it's out there. Reaching people with no money spent on marketing is incredibly difficult. This means that one who publishes a book really can't afford to miss a sale after having caught a potential buyer's attention for even a mere fraction of a second.
Anyone who has ever tried to sell something, anything, knows how hard it is. Publishing a book costs money. Selling books is more difficult now than ever in the past fifty years (except cooking books, it seems...). Few people get rich doing it. Granted, no one will get rich by publishing a book about John Williams. Yet, one would try to sell as many books as possible if only to recoup their investment and because every writer wishes to be read by as many people as possible.
A book about John Williams is a niche project. It appeals to so few people that one would start by trying to reach all of the hardcore fans. For instance, we are on a John Williams forum, do you really think everyone here will buy it? Of course not. That's how difficult it is.
Then, having hopefully reached the hardcore fans (who are the easiest to reach, the easiest to convince to buy the book and the ones most likely to learn of its existence by accident while surfing the web), one would try to reach a wider circle of people. Music lovers, film lovers, Star Wars fans, etc... John Williams does enjoy a notoriety of sort even in the general public. Not everybody would recognize him on a photograph but the face would be familiar to some. Familiar enough perhaps so they would check the book, read the back cover and eventually decide to buy it for themselves or for a loved one. Every sale matters.
A cover photo is extremely important to try to reach as many people as possible. While searching the web, the title will attract people's attention but a bad photo will turn some away.
In a bookshop (as long as these still exist) and also on a web page, people will notice the photo first if there is one. A human face is something the human brain recognizes from afar and reacts to. A smiling face is even more engaging. In that respect, this is like in real life when one meets another person and this can transform into a sale. That's regardless of whether the casual buyer actually recognizes the person in the photograph upon first seeing it. (See above)
A photograph like the one on the cover of this book is not recognizable from a distance or in small size on a website page. It takes a moment to decipher the photo. Some people will miss it entirely because while their brain is trying to decipher the photo (this happens in the fraction of a second) their attention won't turn to the book's title. In fact most won't even notice it. Look at a bookstore's shelf and check for yourself what grabs your attention and what doesn't. And once your brain has discarded something, most times it won't give it a second chance or a second look.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, some do and some don't. Good ones certainly do.
People, if you decide to publish a book, please help your potential buyers find it. Make it as easy for them as possible. There are some people who will never notice your book who would have loved to own it. Some of these people would not only have bought the book for themselves but they would also have recommended it to their friends and on forums, in time generating more sales. Why take the risk at all? Why not put all chances on your side from the start?
Personally I wouldn't have purchased the book - or now the two copies of the book - if I hadn't written these posts. The reason is that the photo is unappealing. Right or wrong, the natural reaction to an unappealing cover is that it may be hiding an unappealing or amateurish content.
Now I hope this book sells out whatever the print run is because whatever the content is, it is a worthy and gutsy endeavor which I fully support in principle. To this effect, having bought my two copies, I will post a review in a few weeks when I have read it.
Arnaud reacted to KingPin in Conversations - New Chamber (piano solo) by John Williams
I was fortunate enough to attend these recordings and the first day was a success. I'm not allowed to divulge the location, but I had the very welcome pleasure of meeting Bruce Broughton, Don Davis, and Michael Giacchino today as each of their compositions was recorded today. I was lucky enough to meet a few fellow members of this website as well. The pianist, Gloria Cheng, is extraordinarily talented and hard-working, and everyone was extremely humble. This project is going to turn out nicely. The level of professionalism that goes into a recording project such as this is quite remarkable, and from witnessing the entire recording session I now have a greater appreciation of the craft as a result of it. Tomorrow, the Alexandre Desplat, Randy Newman, and John Williams works are to be recorded, with Desplat the only one who will not be in attendance. The pieces that I've heard this far are all unique in style, and I think the album will have a broad enough variety to make it an enjoyable listening experience. I don't feel like I'm getting ripped off at all. I hope to have more positive feedback from Monday's sessions!
Arnaud reacted to Ricard in New Interview with John Williams: 30th anniversary of "Olympic Fanfare and Theme"
The ROTJ music was heard at the closing ceremony, and it was preceded by the amazing conversation with the UFO. I found it so unbelievable I was in tears during the entire segment (starts at 5:15):
Arnaud got a reaction from Ricard in New Interview with John Williams: 30th anniversary of "Olympic Fanfare and Theme"
It's actually quite remarkable. The theme plays during the whole thing as Williams comments on it. It takes the necessary time and the master is his usual humble and affable self. He's really something!
I'll never forget the opening ceremony of the 1984 Games. His playing his theme was definitely the high point of the evening (middle of the night here actually).
Thirty years... My God, has it been that long?
Arnaud got a reaction from karelm in Typesetting “The Empire Strikes Back” (my fool’s errand)
Thank you so much for your educated post. I am not a musician but this is wonderful information and offers great insight even for the layman. Thanks also to everyone else who contributed.
I love this forum!
Arnaud got a reaction from Sharkissimo in The intensity of John Williams' music
I would say that long action sequences offer Williams a chance to show his generosity and sense of rhythm (two of his strongest qualities in my opinion) more than a piece such as Yoda's theme but I love it all. Empire is certainly special.
I have listened to it hundreds of times over the years and my favorite cue has changed several times. My current favorite is the third track on the Special Edition cd: "Wampa's lair/vision of Obi-Wan/Snowspeeders take flight". It's a great example of what I stated above. Williams does things in these eight minutes of music that no one else has ever done in a hundred years of film music. Any one else singles out that particular piece?
If I remember well most of the "Snowspeeders take flight" cue is not even heard in the film and was replaced with a section of Hyperspace. I've wondered why since 1980. It's such a great melody.
Arnaud got a reaction from Jay in No longer a Williams completist?
I agree that there are enough marvelous cues in Tintin to call it a masterpiece. Anything is still possible with good ol' John Towner.
You don't have to be a completist to be continually curious about Williams' works past or present that were not previously available. You can't know what you're going to get: a solid score that won't necessarily touch you or some of your favorite music. Conrack was an extraordinary discovery for me a couple of years ago. What little music we got from this film is a gem. I even bought a 16mm copy of the film to hear the rest!
But then again I have to confess that I am a completist...