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    ricsim88 got a reaction from bollemanneke in John Williams' DISASTER MOVIE SOUNDTRACK COLLECTION (Poseidon Adventure, Towering Inferno, Earthquake) 4CD Box Set from La-La Land Records NOW AVAILABLE   
    My wife ordered it as a xmas present for me...hopefully it gets here on time.
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    ricsim88 got a reaction from SyncMan in Harry Potter - Live to Projection Concerts   
    The reception was phenomenal. It was quite interesting as a musician to perform while the audience reacts to the on screen action. A lot of fun.
    The screen was above and behind the orchestra, and only used on the 2nd rehearsal. It’s a well oiled machine for sure. Everything went super smoothly.
    the film and  music tracks were both mixed and sent through speakers. From what I’ve heard, it seemed it was well balanced and the sound quality was good. It was in a big hockey arena.
    Overall it was a lot of fun, the conductor was great, he was very precise and knew the score incredibly well.
    I would have liked just one more rehearsal....playing Quidditch only once through before the performance was a little nerve wracking...
    Hopefully we get to do more in the future.
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    ricsim88 got a reaction from crumbs in STAR WARS - Live To Projection Concerts   
    As an orchestra musician, I absolutely can’t imagine playing some of the transitions that those edits have created. Some of them make no musical sense at all. I don’t think we’ll ever see those performed live.
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    ricsim88 got a reaction from Holko in STAR WARS - Live To Projection Concerts   
    As an orchestra musician, I absolutely can’t imagine playing some of the transitions that those edits have created. Some of them make no musical sense at all. I don’t think we’ll ever see those performed live.
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    ricsim88 got a reaction from The Illustrious Jerry in Harry Potter - Live to Projection Concerts   
    For people in eastern Canada or US.
     
     I’m looking forward to performing it.
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    ricsim88 got a reaction from SyncMan in Harry Potter - Live to Projection Concerts   
    For people in eastern Canada or US.
     
     I’m looking forward to performing it.
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    ricsim88 got a reaction from crumbs in The Art of the Score Podcast Thread   
    Love Sibelius 2. Performing it in October. 
    Definitely some voicing and harmony resemblances between Williams and Sibelius. There are most certainly worst composers to be influenced by out there.
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    ricsim88 got a reaction from Falstaft in The Art of the Score Podcast Thread   
    Love Sibelius 2. Performing it in October. 
    Definitely some voicing and harmony resemblances between Williams and Sibelius. There are most certainly worst composers to be influenced by out there.
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    ricsim88 reacted to Falstaft in The Art of the Score Podcast Thread   
    Sure -- it's the second subject from the last movement of Sib's 2nd Symphony that appears to serve as a model for the "Luke in Exile" theme from TLJ. It's a wonderfully apt reference too. Sibelius's chilly, windswept music is so evocative, and Williams channels it to great effect, not just for Luke's morose character, but the physical location of Acht-To.
     
     
    Also, just within the Sib Violin Concerto first movement, there are two other rather *Star Warsy* musical ideas:
     
    This little transitional string figure resembles any number of galloping string ostinati from the series, the "I Can Fly Anything" motif most clearly to me...
     
    This ominous motif for brass has a strong Dark Side of the Force vibe to me...
     
     
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    ricsim88 reacted to TownerFan in The Art of the Score Podcast Thread   
    It's one of the themes in the 4th movement, you can hear it here from 35:35
     
     
    I think it's more of a passing reference than a direct quote, possibily a sort of reminiscence.
     
    EDIT: ninja'd by Frank
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    ricsim88 reacted to Ricard in 'John Williams: Maestro of the Movies' at the Hollywood Bowl, Aug 30 - Sep 1, 2019 (David Newman & John Williams conducting)   
    Theme from Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge (David Newman conducting):
     
     
    Excerpts from Jurassic Park (David Newman conducting):
     
     
    Star Wars Lego introduction / Star Wars Main Title (partial) (John Williams conducting):
     
     
    The Adventures of Han from Solo: A Star Wars Story (John Williams conducting):
     
     
    Luke and Leia from Return of the Jedi (John Williams conducting):
     
     
    Williams talks The Rise of Skywalker, introduces the Star Wars Main Title (August 30):
     
     
    Williams talks The Rise of Skywalker - Star Wars Main Title (August 31) (John Williams conducting):
     
     
    The Raiders March from Raiders of the Lost Ark (John Williams conducting):
     
     
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    ricsim88 got a reaction from Will in ACROSS THE STARS - Williams / Mutter collaboration album   
    I really enjoyed this CD. Can’t wait to hear the deluxe version.
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    ricsim88 reacted to crocodile in Tanglewood 2019: ANH Live, "Across the Stars", Film Night and more   
    It was really lovely. Seeing Williams speak and conduct his music was a wonderful thing. Made me feel quite emotional. He appeared at the very start of the evening to introduce the concert. It was quite obvious he's going to conduct the SW section (plus Yoda's Theme and The Imperial March encores) when David Newman mentioned there might be a "surprise" at the end.
     
    Other thoughts:
     
    Absolutely loved The Cowboys and Jane Eyre segments.
     
    Galaxy's Edge was good to hear but the piece itself doesn't convince me one bit.
     
    It was nice to see three segments conducted to film. The E.T. was the opening sequence as indicated on the programme. SPR was the opening cue followed by the shortened Hymn to the Fallen and JP had the dinosaur reveal scene with chorus followed by the fanfare.
     
    Amistad was played faster than usual. I really enjoyed it.
     
    The Williams conducted segment: The Adventures of Han was played bit slower than the soundtrack recording. It's a really fun piece. Luke and Leia was the shortened version. After that, he spoke about having completed 100 minutes of the new score and having to go back to his "other job" the next day and write another 40 minutes due to film changes. And that it is a lot of music. He said he was assured by Disney this is  the "last film" and then added it will be the last one he does. Whether he was being serious is anybody's guess. Then he conducted the Main Title and the two encores. Again, it was a thrilling and emotional thing to witness.
     
    I really enjoyed Tanglewood. I'm also glad me and Marian arrived early to wander about a bit. You can understand why he keeps coming back to this place - it's very relaxing. Quite a lot of people arrived later on so it lost its peaceful vibe to the big summer concert excitement. 
     
    I'm glad we decided to go, especially after what happened last year in London. While only small segment was conducted by Williams himself it was still more than worth all the money. You can tell he's quite old now especially when he walks but, oddly, that goes away as he starts to conduct. It's like doing that gives him new energy. It made me think of that Yoda duel scene in AOTC actually. 😄
     
    Karol
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    ricsim88 got a reaction from Ricard in John Williams at Star Wars live-score concert at Tanglewood   
    I was at Tanglewood yesterday to see SW LTP. We had a nice surprise encore...
    Grounds are nice.

    20190816_223722.mp4
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    ricsim88 got a reaction from BrotherSound in John Williams at Star Wars live-score concert at Tanglewood   
    I was at Tanglewood yesterday to see SW LTP. We had a nice surprise encore...
    Grounds are nice.

    20190816_223722.mp4
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    ricsim88 reacted to Tanglehead in John Williams at Star Wars live-score concert at Tanglewood   
    Long-time lurker (since 2006!), first-time poster here.
     
    Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops orchestra performed the live score to the original Star Wars on August 16, 2019 at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts. John Williams was in attendance and made an appearance on stage at the end of the performance.
     
    The Pops did a great job with the musical accompaniment. I’m a long-time fan of the score and the movie (as a kid, I saw the film more than 40 times in theaters!), and I was very impressed. Lockhart was visibly tired at the end of the first half and at the film’s conclusion.
     
    Here are some videos, shot off one of the large screens facing the lawn crowd. The picture is sometimes off-kilter (I wasn’t looking through my phone as I shot it), but it will give you an idea of how it sounded. It’s also interesting to see where the split up the film for the intermission. (As an interesting note, the Pops did not perform the music in the cantina sequence.)
     
    As a Berkshire County resident, I’ve been lucky enough to meet Williams a few times, most recently at Tanglewood. He was there walking the grounds one evening, before a concert with which he was not associated, and I got a picture with him. Clearly he enjoys just being there. He was in good spirits and seems in good health.
     
    SW1.MOV SW2.MOV SW3.MOV SW4.MOV SW5.MOV SW6.MOV
     
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    ricsim88 reacted to Jediwashington in Masked Dissonance in The Music of John Williams   
    Yes - 100% this. He simply writes for orchestra like big bands. The chord complexity you can certainly analyze from a romantic theory standpoint, but it is much stronger of an argument to simply call him a jazz pianist and composer. That being said, I would put him near the top in jazz pianists/theorists, but for a jazz pianist you are mostly using chords to drive interest/complexity/mood/color/shape and less concerned about the individual notes. He's collected hundreds of progressions and modulations over his years that communicate certain moods/emotions and he just uses them at will like a language when writing. One of the other things you will notice about jazz is that they tend to set up a type of dissonance like it's a standard part of that key "world" so to speak. They will then selectively increase or decrease dissonance for effect. You see applied everywhere in E.T. where he essentially writes the whole thing in lydian and keeps the raised 4th and 7th the whole score writing 7th or 9th chords constantly, but pulls back into straight triads in minor keys for the antagonist theme (to great effect!) and increases dissonance and stacked chords to their breaking point leading into big moments. This constant slight dissonance of 7ths/9th allows him to go in two directions and subtlety move to a different mood quickly with lots of options where other composers may struggle to get there as tastefully. It's probably why he likes the ambiguity of open 5ths in melodies so much.
     
    He's intelligent enough to go back and analyze it and write all this out in a book, but I wouldn't be surprised if that was actually a very difficult exercise for him to do since romantic harmony is not likely to be where his mind is when writing. 
     
    Now, the core question is if he uses orchestration selectively to increase/decrease dissonance. I would say he's gotten better at this as his career progressed and he finesses this a lot more after the Boston Pops years. He speaks of those years as being highly educational from an orchestration stand point. After mastering harmony, melody, and tone centers to create emotions, this has certainly been an area where I see a lot more sophistication the more he writes - especially with his doubling's. I can also usually tell when he's passed something off to be orchestrated by someone else. We can't neglect his ears and taste for balance during recording sessions as well. Recordings done by different conductors or even his own scores recorded by someone else can sound like completely different pieces with less important notes popping out of the texture.
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    ricsim88 got a reaction from Jediwashington in Masked Dissonance in The Music of John Williams   
    I guess that’s where his jazz background comes into play.
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    ricsim88 got a reaction from Jack in Masked Dissonance in The Music of John Williams   
    I guess that’s where his jazz background comes into play.
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    ricsim88 reacted to Disco Stu in Intrada Releases MONSIGNOR Expanded Edition   
    Ordered.  Easily his second best score of 1982.
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    ricsim88 got a reaction from A Ghost From Highwood in Masked Dissonance in The Music of John Williams   
    I guess that’s where his jazz background comes into play.
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    ricsim88 reacted to TownerFan in GALAXY'S EDGE - New John Williams composition (2018)   
    Every opinion is of course subjective and hence debatable. I still don't get why people must go on the fences for a single piece of music every time. You either like it or don't like it. No big deal. Some people expressed nice observations here, perhaps coated in highly enthusastic wording. But this is a fan forum last time I checked, not a forensic academy.
     
    I think it's always good to put things in context. What I personally find fascinating and extremely likable in this new piece is the way JW structured it. It has a true form of a classical piece, albeit in quite a short time--he presents thematic ideas, then put them into a development section and finally recapitulates the main ideas toward a big finale. I find always interesting to see JW using classical forms like sonata, rondo or scherzo for film-like pieces such as this. Of course it's not as developed as much as a Brahms or a Schubert piece, but I don't think JW ever meant it to be. But he's nonetheless telling a small story in musical terms and evoking feelings--it's a piece meant to suggest grandeur, panoramic vistas and exciting new worlds unraveling in front of our eyes. Has he written more exciting, or simply better Star Wars-related concert pieces than this one? Yes, he did. But that doesn't detract me from the pleasure of enjoying a new John Williams piece. For me it's always a blessing which I never take for granted.
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    ricsim88 got a reaction from SyncMan in JURASSIC PARK - Live to Projection Concerts   
    I'm not sure. But it must be a combination of rights, equipment, technicians, etc...big productions. We're playing HP1 in November with my orchestra, I'm curious to experience this type of project from "under" the screen.
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