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Disco Stu

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  1. I can see the Exorcist stairs from my hotel room
  2. A Ceremony of Carols is one of Britten's greatest works for sure. For the Christmas season, I also enjoy his A Boy Was Born, a pretty early composition that shows his distinct, quirky approach to composing for voices was in place even at 19 years old.
  3. In case you're not familiar, Leroy Anderson, that King of Christmas Arrangements, has a lovely arrangement of the Coventry Carol for just the woodwind section of the orchestra. (and an alternate recording if the above, which is the one I own, is region-locked)
  4. I loved the episode. It would have worked as a stand-alone story without ever having seen anything Star Wars before. The knowledge of the setting only enriched an already great experience!
  5. The choirs are just not up to the task of recording DOTF and BOTH. The performances on the album are perfectly adequate if it was a live concert, but not really as a studio album for posterity.
  6. You could just make a playlist of the same tracks conducted by Williams or Gerhardt or Kojian in superior performances, just stick in this new recording of Han Solo and the Princess, and you'd have a great album!
  7. Tomorrow night, I finally see performed live the music which is most holy to me in all the world, Copland's Third Symphony. My wife and I are going to the Kennedy Center in DC to see Leonard Slatkin conduct the National Symphony Orchestra. I'm giddy with anticipation! Slatkin's recording with the Detroit Symphony is my favorite recording of the Third; I hope this performance comes close to that standard. Actually, this is a really good month for Copland's Third. This weekend sees it performed by Slatkin with the NSO on the east coast and next weekend sees it performed by Michael Tilson Thomas with the Los Angeles Philharmonic on the west coast.
  8. Yeah, take a listen to this piece from a Copland score to a documentary in the 1930s. It doesn't sound exactly like War Horse (especially since Williams' orchestrations are 10x more lush than the pared down Copland style), but I definitely hear a similar mood to the lighter more jaunty parts of War Horse. from 24:41
  9. Yeah there's no mistaking that melody for any other composer. It'd sound right at home in HTTYD.
  10. This album is up on the streaming sites now. I think it's weird that it includes two pieces from The Last Jedi, but neither are the one official concert arrangement for it (The Resistance is Reborn). Both are transcriptions of OST tracks. And yes, this is the premiere studio recording of the new Han Solo and the Princess!
  11. Cool thread. I don't have any examples, but these are all great. EDIT: Well, there is Phasma's death in TLJ, which isn't *too* far off from this trope (2:15-2:22) EDIT EDIT: Oops, just noticed that falstaft already included that in his post
  12. The piano comes in 4 seconds into the last track. "Yup this is a Thomas Newman score"
  13. I completely agree! I completely agree! I completely agree! I completely agree! I completely agree! I completely agree! I completely agree! I completely agree! I completely agree! I completely agree! I completely agree! I completely agree! I completely agree! I completely agree! I completely agree! I completely agree!
  14. I wasn't trying to imply I thought any of them are bad composers, I just wouldn't include anyone out of obligation to their influence or importance. I would list those whose music is personally important to me.
  15. Ironically it's the only original Bourne trilogy film directed by an American!
  16. Yup, and Captain Phillips is one of my favorite films of this decade. And he's currently working on a Civil War-era American period piece (a Western!) starring Tom Hanks. Talk about up my alley! American history + Tom Hanks!
  17. The "proper" way is a church congregation singing it together. It's a hymn, not an aria.
  18. I find this concept fascinating. Professional actors in other nations that always do the dubbing for specific American actors.
  19. Gershwin and Copland's Piano Concertos, from 1925 and 1926 respectively, are really fascinating to compare and contrast. Both are heavily influenced by jazz and blues. But both are also so distinctly representative of their composers' personalities and approaches. Gershwin's rich harmonies and warmly wry melodies contrasted with Copland's jagged, sharp rhythms and skeletal, open-air harmonies/orchestration. Even Copland's opening movement, probably the closest he ever came to being Gershwinesque, sounds positively ascetic compared to Gershwin's middle movement. If I'm honest, I find Copland's masterful second movement much more skillfully constructed and satisfying in its arc than Gershwin's finale, but both have an incredible vitality. It was shortly after his Piano Concerto that Copland abandoned self-consciously incorporating jazz (really Tin Pan Alley) idioms in "serious" orchestral compositions, while that remains Gershwin's defining musical legacy.
  20. In 2006 I had just dropped out of college and was smoking way too much weed. In 2019 I'm a data analyst, married with 3 kids and a mortgage. Oh! And also I'm a secret agent who kills mercilessly but only when necessary.
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