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    Cerebral Cortex got a reaction from A. A. Ron in The Rise of Skywalker SPOILERS ALLOWED discussion thread   
    I 100% agree. 
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    Cerebral Cortex got a reaction from Will in JW is writing a new violin concerto for Anne-Sophie Mutter - "Violin Concerto No. 2"   
    I've been told by a couple insiders that Williams spent much of 2020 shopping around for roles hoping to get his acting career off the ground after his critically-praised performance in TROS and didn't want his musical efforts to overshadow his acting contributions to the film. 
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    Cerebral Cortex got a reaction from Chen G. in The Rise of Skywalker SPOILERS ALLOWED discussion thread   
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    Cerebral Cortex got a reaction from Mattris in The Rise of Skywalker SPOILERS ALLOWED discussion thread   
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    Cerebral Cortex reacted to SilverTrumpet in The Rise of Skywalker SPOILERS ALLOWED discussion thread   
    I'm so glad I bumped this thread.
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    Cerebral Cortex reacted to Grace Under Pressure in JWFan EXCLUSIVE: The Rise of Skywalker Partial Cue List Revealed   
    So this new thing got put on Disney+ called "Galaxy of Sound" which is a montage of clips from all the Star Wars movies (Including TROS) with just the sound effects and no music, I wonder if it would be possible to phase invert a rip with the original film audio and get some clean music.
     
    Or better yet Disney could just release a "Galaxy of Music"
     
     
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    Cerebral Cortex got a reaction from carlborg in JW is writing a new violin concerto for Anne-Sophie Mutter - "Violin Concerto No. 2"   
    I've been told by a couple insiders that Williams spent much of 2020 shopping around for roles hoping to get his acting career off the ground after his critically-praised performance in TROS and didn't want his musical efforts to overshadow his acting contributions to the film. 
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    Cerebral Cortex got a reaction from Holko in JW is writing a new violin concerto for Anne-Sophie Mutter - "Violin Concerto No. 2"   
    I've been told by a couple insiders that Williams spent much of 2020 shopping around for roles hoping to get his acting career off the ground after his critically-praised performance in TROS and didn't want his musical efforts to overshadow his acting contributions to the film. 
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    Cerebral Cortex got a reaction from SteveMc in JW is writing a new violin concerto for Anne-Sophie Mutter - "Violin Concerto No. 2"   
    I've been told by a couple insiders that Williams spent much of 2020 shopping around for roles hoping to get his acting career off the ground after his critically-praised performance in TROS and didn't want his musical efforts to overshadow his acting contributions to the film. 
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    Cerebral Cortex got a reaction from Disco Stu in JW is writing a new violin concerto for Anne-Sophie Mutter - "Violin Concerto No. 2"   
    I've been told by a couple insiders that Williams spent much of 2020 shopping around for roles hoping to get his acting career off the ground after his critically-praised performance in TROS and didn't want his musical efforts to overshadow his acting contributions to the film. 
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    Cerebral Cortex got a reaction from Jurassic Shark in JW is writing a new violin concerto for Anne-Sophie Mutter - "Violin Concerto No. 2"   
    I've been told by a couple insiders that Williams spent much of 2020 shopping around for roles hoping to get his acting career off the ground after his critically-praised performance in TROS and didn't want his musical efforts to overshadow his acting contributions to the film. 
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    Cerebral Cortex reacted to Falstaft in JW is writing a new violin concerto for Anne-Sophie Mutter - "Violin Concerto No. 2"   
    Perhaps we'll finally get to hear the unperformed "Han Solo and the Princess" arrangement shown in her instagram post from Jan 2019!
     
    https://www.instagram.com/p/Bsvqs0mnfsq/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
     
    Though of course I hope something from TROS is on the table. And how great would it be for a proper action cue to get the ASM treatment? 
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    Cerebral Cortex reacted to Matt S. in JW is writing a new violin concerto for Anne-Sophie Mutter - "Violin Concerto No. 2"   
    Looking forward to “Crimebuster for Violin and Orchestra!”
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    Cerebral Cortex reacted to karelm in JW is writing a new violin concerto for Anne-Sophie Mutter - "Violin Concerto No. 2"   
    It's crazy to think that at 89, he is creating new works as rich and demanding as this.  I found it to be a virtuosic work worthy of the soloist and her formidable talents.  One of my favorite aspects of John Williams is his sense of long form.  I loved this from the earliest film scores how they develop their themes over time but in concert music, it is especially apparent.  He has an innate sense of drama.  How to tell a story or how to reveal ideas over time.  This is gorgeous music.  Something he clearly put much care in to and I look forward to revisiting and studying. 
     
    JW is a melodic genius but his harmonic and structural brilliance are just as substantial.  This concerto is a wonderful companion to his Violin Concerto No. 1 which I felt had a bold climactic flourish, but here we have an equally substantial work that is more nocturnal.  That doesn’t mean comforted, there is an inner turmoil but it is more reflective and introspective.  It’s a deep and meditative work.  I loved it and look forward to revisiting it.   My favorite movements were the darker, longer outer movements but I also enjoyed the inner movements with their whirlwind effects.  The ending felt like a beautiful lament.  It's hard not to think there is some other, deeper meaning to music.
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    Cerebral Cortex reacted to The Illustrious Jerry in JW is writing a new violin concerto for Anne-Sophie Mutter - "Violin Concerto No. 2"   
    Although I haven't visited the forum in a little while, I have very much been anticipating the premiere of this piece. While it has always been a dream of mine to see Williams conduct live and in-person, listening along on WCRB tonight was still a very special experience of its own.
     
    I find that the most meaningful encounters I've had with Williams' music are the ones that are beyond my ability to articulate in words. While these pieces never fail to exude the greatest sense of wonder, inspiration, and passion, I am ultimately left speechless. For the better part of my life I have continuously developed a deep and intimate connection to the maestro's music, but as anyone who regularly immerses themselves in a great artist's work will know, it is easy to become numb to greatness when one is so intensely familiar with it. There has never been any doubt in my mind about my love for John Williams and his music, but I feel it is required to occasionally step back and regain the feeling of discovery that started the journey so many years ago in order to truly grasp it all. This can often be achieved by approaching something old as if for the first time, or by hearing an entirely new piece, one with the opportunity to confidently reaffirm the admiration, appreciation, and immense gratitude that has always been there. For me, hearing the violin concerto tonight has done precisely that.
     
    On first listen, the premiere piece ranges from quiet and subtle displays of emotion to vibrant but grounded flashes of the abstract. While I am not particularly familiar with much of Williams' concert repertoire, there are so many touches here that are instantly recognizable as the work of the maestro. Structure is not always of the greatest prevalence, but the more free-flowing nature of the piece allows for a number of particularly ear-catching passages to flower. The slow movement is undoubtedly the highlight, with some of the more yearning angular violin passages, in tandem with the great crescendos and brass swells that emerge thereafter, bearing some strong similarities to A.I. (at least to my ears).
     
    It goes without saying that Mutter has an astounding command over the violin, and her talents could not be more perfect in this central role. The energy in the performance is palpable, even on the radio broadcast; a consistently powerful piece played to the fullest extent. Harp and flute play significant secondary roles, with pockets of brass and timpani further establishing the atmosphere. There's a lot to explore and unpack from the very beginning, and while there are stretches that may take some warming up to, it becomes easy to share in Williams' description of "healing and renewal" as the conclusion provides a reflective final touch to what I'm sure will prove to be a very rewarding piece in the coming years. 
     
    I will never really be able to explain the deeply spiritual effect that Williams' music inherently possesses, nor will I ever be able to comment on how that has then translated into my own life. However, I think I ultimately want to express my admiration for him as not only a composer and an artist, but as an active source of life and joy for me and so many others. On that note, I would also like to further thank the JW Fan community for sharing in this very exciting moment!
     
    It means a lot.
     
    Cheers!
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    Cerebral Cortex got a reaction from Will in John Williams returns for Indiana Jones 5   
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    Cerebral Cortex got a reaction from bruce marshall in Indiana Jones 5 Spoilers & Set Photos Thread   
    Ford officially back on set. 
     
     
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    Cerebral Cortex got a reaction from WampaRat in Indiana Jones 5 Spoilers & Set Photos Thread   
    Ford officially back on set. 
     
     
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    Cerebral Cortex reacted to Drawgoon in The Patriot (John Williams)   
    For some reason I like to revisit this one early autumn every year. (I revisit Howard's "The Village" in mid-late autumn every year too)
     
    Williams always nails it with his concert pieces, though this score is one of the few where the concert piece is the only major highlight for me. Still it is so amazing that I'd say it very much worth the price of the whole album alone on its own. I also always like to listen to "Ann and Gabriel" straight after the opening track, before moving to the rest of the album. That cue feels very much like it belonged to the concert piece - the winding down stage of the amazing journey, that is the opening track. Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous.
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    Cerebral Cortex reacted to Quppa in An Evening of John Williams (2022-02-12, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sidney Myer Free Concert)   
    PSA for anyone in the Melbourne vicinity that one of the annual Sidney Myer Free Concerts next February will celebrate John Williams' 90th birthday (a few days late). Contingent on the city ever leaving lockdown.
     
    https://www.mso.com.au/performance/2022-sidney-myer-free-concerts#an-evening-of-john-williams
     
    An Evening of John Williams
    Saturday 12 February / 7.30pm
    Jessica Gethin conductor
    Celebrate John Williams’ 90th birthday with his greatest hits from Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, Schindler’s List, Jurassic Park and more.
    Program
    All works by John Williams
    Star Wars Suite: Main Title
    Saving Private Ryan: Hymn to the Fallen
    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Suite: Hedwig's Theme
    The Witches of Eastwick: Devil's Dance
    Memoirs of a Geisha: Suite for Cello and Orchestra, The Chairman's Waltz
    E.T.: Adventures on Earth
    The Olympic Spirit
    Schindler's List: Theme
    Hook: Flight to Neverland
    Star Wars Suite: Yoda's Theme
    Star Wars Suite: Imperial March
    Jurassic Park: Theme
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    Cerebral Cortex got a reaction from Not Mr. Big in Indiana Jones 5 Spoilers & Set Photos Thread   
    Ford officially back on set. 
     
     
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    Cerebral Cortex got a reaction from Edmilson in Indiana Jones 5 Spoilers & Set Photos Thread   
    Ford officially back on set. 
     
     
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    Cerebral Cortex reacted to ChrisAfonso in John Powell's Perfect Time For A Spring Cleaning (2021)   
    I think this is a bit reductive. Listen to the arc of the piece: Starting just with a busy, preoccupied ostinato, sounding very tense; then adding color via the light pizz harmony patterns in the background, leading to a joyous theme in chords in typical Powell-fashion, finally calming down again.
    Referring to the title, to me this evokes starting a cumbersome task with push-through-determination, then slowly getting into the flow of things, time flies by, and before you know, you're done.
     
    /edit:  Just bought the album. This is exactly what I need to counterbalance all the big orchestra music I've listened to lately. Thanks Jay for posting!
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    Cerebral Cortex reacted to Naïve Old Fart in What music shows JW at his most mysterious?   
    Heartwood.
    It's musical mist. It's a walk in a forest, after the rain: ethereal, and ever so slightly apprehensive.
    I love it.
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