curlytoot reacted to Sharkissimo in Recurring intervalic shape in Williams's themes and tonal underscore
I realise that. I should have focused the opening post on passing dissonances, since that's what I had in mind when I thought of making the thread. After that it sort of snowballed. Apologies for not being clearer.
In Peter Burt's book The Music of Toru Takemitsu he mentions the opening right hand piano line being derived from the Japanese In scale--one of the pentatonic scales.
This happens to be the same collection that Williams tends to rely upon as passing tones in melodic figures over minor harmonies. Now, I'm not suggesting Williams has actually studied Japanese folk music to any great degree, and is incorporated these scales into his own language. No. It's just that by chance, he's working with a similar collection of pitches, probably because it sounds good to his ears.
curlytoot got a reaction from Bespin in What track never fails to rekindle your appetite for John Williams?
"The Seduction of Suki and the Ballroom Scene" from THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK. Also, "The Plane" from EMPIRE OF THE SUN.
curlytoot reacted to alainmayrand in Informal Star Wars score study videos
I haven't been on this forum for a long time! Looks like it is a healthy and positive as ever.
I am trying something out here and thought I would share. I'm getting pretty excited about the upcoming Star Wars score! So I though of doing a series of very short and very informal videos looking at different elements from everyone's favourite film score!
They'll be about 2-3 minutes long (that's the plan), looking at one small usable element at a time. Will come out twice a week and, yeah, that's it. Here's the first one!
Like I said, simple stuff but perhaps it will be useful, certainly will be fun and I hope to see you there!