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  1. Mando and Boba sound like a 60's Morricone aesthetic and orchestration over here, with Star Wars-Williams elements at more heroic moments. I think it's what Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni were hoping for since they approved a first draft. It works really well in this corner of the SWU. Excuse if others have recently pointed this out. The catchy sound design effects done with acoustic instruments is wonderful.
  2. I loved the entire concert - brilliant performances from beginning to finale! First time I heard Montgomery, she's good. Fun, accessible, modern. I enjoyed the Concerto No. 2 on first listen. I agree the 2nd movement is a highlight, I also thought the orchestral effects and interplay in the 4th movement are a whole world to explore. It took a while for me to warm to the Concerto No.1, while this is one of William's strongest concerti, again on first listen. The Across The Stars encore is a new arrangement, a touch more dramatic. Quiet City is a much beloved work and this performance brought out the gentle grandeur. Firebird is genius from bar 1 and tonight's performance was exceptionally clear and evocative. A showpiece for a great orchestra. John Williams has worked with many of the greatest violinists of the past 6 decades. I hear more passion and virtuosity from Mutter today She's evolved into one of his historically important interpreters - and muses! Looking forward to seeing this live. A memorable premier.
  3. Yes! It's nice to hear him speak about his love of modal transposition and reharmonization, now I hear his voice when I see the variations in the catalog With another 100+(!) minutes of score confirmed recorded we may find something from the prequels or TLJ. I'd love to hear his thoughts on Duel of the Fates, Battle of the Heroes or Anakin.
  4. It's cool to transform a theme, and that really saved the Ren music for me. I remember JW saying that all the themes were recapped in TROS. Does anyone have a tally of how many are in the released score? (OST and FYC)
  5. tchaikovsky Insightful essay that will also be true in 10 more years! Herrmann will be remembered by the Psycho torch. And because new composers are influenced by him. Sometimes artists can pass the torch Williams is extraordinary precisely because he is also popular in concert with all levels of ensembles. From student groups to community orchestras to major philharmonics. His practice of writing film cues that resemble concert music had a completely unintended side effect of making him the most performed living composer. The other composers about as gifted as John either don't write for hit films or don't do a lot of concertizing. So his career is unique for both the number of torch themes and the number of performances. Over time the concert performances will continue thanks to the appeal of characters like Superman, Harry Potter, Yoda, etc. And the quality of the music. Kids dig live to picture It's like if The Beatles had teamed up with Marvel, or Tchaikovsky with Shakespeare.
  6. This is actually a unique achievement that deserves special recognition. A bit like the Ring cycle in music or Mount Rushmore in sculpture. It's not 9 separate films but one huge project that spans the decades.
  7. I feel them in 3 roughly equal groups: 1. ESB SW ROTS 2. ROTJ TPM TROS TFA 3. TLJ AOTC Basically the difference between **** and ***** I mean Williams doing Star Wars is in it's own class anyways. Anyone notice that currently TPM is both 4tn and 5th?
  8. One of John Williams' great contributions to world culture is bringing live orchestral music back to movies. It was in danger of being replaced by electronics. The music is inspired and well-crafted so it works on almost any instrument ensemble. Loert shows that so well, I hope the sheet music is available some day
  9. It's a real and distinctive motif onscreen. I hear the minor/#7 arp as part of the motif. And the 13th chords too. A very Sith sound! Thank you again for the amazingly accurate and useful Complete Catalogue !
  10. True, with good reason. The Anthem theme is a straightforward development of the Emperor's theme. It's easiest to hear at the beginning because of the similar orchestration. If you're into notation you can see the intervallic structure is sequenced upwards. Appropriate for Evil itself, greater than one bad person. Nontechical English: There's a distinctive bit of the Emperor's theme that Williams is extending to make the Evil theme. It eventually becomes a fanfare for evil.
  11. This is how music sounds in most films. I'm fond of it, but it's also my field and I'm used to it.
  12. JW is among the most performed composers in the world, and the most performed living composer. If you count all concerts and not just the classical. Hundreds every year for decades. TROS will be amazing live-to-picture. That's where the growth is in orchestral concerts - live to picture and video game music. For concert suites we'll have to wait a few decades and see if a more complete suite becomes popular. Like the way The Nutcracker is played as a ballet, a suite, or as individual numbers. I understand trying to compare SW to LOTR or other films but live in concerts SW has so many more performances than any other film, TV, or game music. Aesthetically Star Wars is what they all are imitating if they're epic. And SW is the box office leader for a single-composer series. Looking at the 42 year perspective it's remarkable that an artist in their eighties can create thrilling, boisterous action music like Battle of the Resistance or Off The Waterfront. Consistency of excellence. Yet more dissonant and angular evolving with the times. Eg Approaching The Throne. This is a family film yet evokes dark evil! Over the years many people have pointed out that Star Wars is a series of individual films that interconnect. There's no source material like in Marvel or Sherlock Holmes. Yet the John Williams scores hold the whole thing together. Few films have so much transformative music. And over 9 films it's unique. I enjoy each on it's own merits and marvel at the global sweep of it's influence.
  13. We're all lucky to be alive when this unique work of art is new. You can be a fan of this 20 hours+ duration opus and be secure there will be fans 100 years from now that will agree with you. Musicians, historians, and Disney will make sure of that. There's so much to like and too much for most to grasp as a whole. The 2019 FYC is a small excerpt of the whole and already has fans for some pieces and even themes. I hope most of us can enjoy the excitement of first hearing this new, exciting, beautiful crafted music. It will take years to figure out what it all means and discover the hidden gems. Personally I'm noticing the signature sounds that certain cues have. A sign that close listening will reveal more.
  14. Excellent transcription and mockup! Indy appreciates your helping him find The Ark of the Covenant. In 20 years the folks replacing live musicians with mockups will themselves be replaced by AI composing tools in the hands of talented young businessmen. Only composers who use live players and cool programing will make a career as an artist
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