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  1. He forgot to cancel his declaration from 1987
  2. Isn't it refreshing that someone finally mentions "The Empire Strikes Back" in the fame enumeration instead of the textbook "Star Wars"?
  3. https://eu.jsonline.com/story/entertainment/arts/2020/02/21/milwaukee-symphony-open-new-concert-hall-john-williams-concert/4613217002/
  4. I have to admit I listened to it so much back in December, that --- although I do not quite remember it to such a degree --- it already feels to me as intimate as the prequels and the OT. It's such a great score.
  5. Gotta love this still from their video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzUcZyjX7MM
  6. I think these awards are surprisingly pleasantly just.
  7. http://filmmusiccritics.org/2020/02/ifmca-award-winners-2019/
  8. The best send-off to Indiana Jones would be him among oriental pillows, smoking a pipe, and surrounded by chicks. Who cares if he is 80 if he "ended up" like that.
  9. Today I had the pleasure of listening to a recording of excerpts from Wagner's Parsifal that, to put them into a right perspective, were as close to the time of the work's premiere and Wagner's death as we are still right now to the premiere of Williams' The Last Crusade. Enchanting in itself, even before I account for the great interpretation. Alfred Hertz & Berlin Philharmonic, 1913 [NAXOS] And is it only me, or does Williams' Grail Theme recall the one written by Wagner? It's such a powerful moment when Donovan says "The Holy Grail, Doctor Jones", an makes it clear that it's the Grail, the one from all the tales---and Williams grounds that musically, not only remniscing Wagner's music, but also filling the scene with a warmth of comforting, blissful orchestration.
  10. Looks like Williams is becoming to L.A. what Strauss and Mozart are to Vienna. I wonder what sort of sweets will be marketed under his name 50 years from now. P.S. "Mozart of L.A". doesn't sound bad at all
  11. He would compose a new love theme every day. I can live with that.
  12. Turns out Colonel Dovchenko was actually a big nurse in a retirement home trying to calm an old delusional Henry Jones Jr. down. Nurse: "Mr. Jones, time for your medicine". Henry Jones Jr.: "Name's INDIANA, and to you professor Jones! I discovered the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail, and banged a lot of hot chicks and punched a lot of nazis and communists and orientals! Nurse: "Mr. Jones, please.You are scaring other patients." Henry Jones Jr.: "NAW! You hear me you big dumb communist muscle, I was in the Temple of Doom, jumped out of an airplane on a yellow inflatable raft, rode a submarine across the sea for hundreds of miles, defeated a tank with a revolver on horseback, and talked to a medieval knight. Now give me the Crystal Skull back, I need to get to Akator!" Nurse: "Don't move Mr. Jones, everything is going to be all right. Can someone please help me hold him?!" Henry Jones Jr. "Aaah, help! Oxley! I can't move! It's a quicksand! Go get help!" Harold: "Help?" Henry Jones Jr.: "Help!!!" <a couple hours and pills later> Henry Jones Jr.: *mumbles* "Knowledge. Knowledge was their real treasure. Space... between the spaces". EARLIER THAT DAY: Psychiatrist: "Mr. Jones, today you threw a hat full of nails up into the ceiling fan, ran out of the house and yelled "Sure, don't wait for me!", and then ran back and hid in the fridge, refusing to come out". Henry Jones Jr.: "What am I being accused of other than surviving a nucular blast?" Psychiatrist: "Nothing, but that, plus insistence on calling the admittedly overweight mailman "Big Mac" and accusing him of being a Soviet spy raises doubts about your mental health. Today in amok you tried to choke the mailman, and the only way he got away was after he yelled, quote-unqote: You stupid son of a bitch! I am CIA!, at which point you let him go". Henry Jones Jr. "Doubts? You talk to my friend, he is a general. He will tell you about how many medals have I won and vouch for me. Now tell me, WHAT IS IN THE BOX?!"
  13. After 60 surnames checked I decided against going exhaustive and googling every single film composer I've heard about or have forgotten. Some people are missing still, like Goransson, Doyle, Broughton... go figure. I don't have strong memories of them. She was simply at hand. No deep reason. Maybe five years from now I wouldn't remember about her; maybe ten years ago I would have added that guitar composer who won back-to-back Oscars instead.
  14. So Williams practices piano for hours daily at the age of 88? That's a couple hours more than I put in. Damn. Time to practice
  15. Categorizations are (I think) the most commonly used theory https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strauss–Howe_generational_theory#Timing_of_generations_and_turnings and birth years. Selections are everyone I could recall musically within an hour or so, plus Hildur. As for McCreary, I've just sampled his Godzilla and it seems ok, so I will edit the post if that bothers you.
  16. I've been doing some reading about generations (the way Americans organize them anyway), and decided to group some composers active in film that I can recall: Gen Y "Millenial" (b. 1985-2004) Justin Hurwitz, ? Gen. X (b. 1961-1984) Alexandre Desplat, Harry Gregson-Williams, John Powell, David Arnold, Michael Giacchino, Klaus Badelt, Lorne Balfe, Nathan Johnson, Bear McCreary, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Baby Boomers (b. 1943-1960) Vangelis, Randy Newman, Basil Poledouris, Howard Shore, Michael Kamen, Alan Menken, Alan Silvestri, Joe Hisaishi, James Newton Howard, Danny Elfman, James Horner, Krzesimir Dębski, Elliot Goldenthal, Thomas Newman, Hans Zimmer, Howard Goodall, Silent Generation (b. 1924-1942) Henry Mancini, Maurice Jarre, Ron Goodwin, Jerry Goldsmith, Ennio Morricone, Toshirô Mayuzumi, Toru Takemitsu, Wojciech Kilar, John Williams, John Barry, John Corigliano, Pino Donaggio, Bill Conti, Greatest Generation (b. 1901-1923) William Walton, Bronisław Kaper, William Alwyn, Frank Churchill, Constant Lambert, Dmitri Shostakovich, Franz Waxman, Leigh Harline, Miklós Rózsa, Alex North, Nino Rota, Bernard Hermann, Akira Ifukube, Leonard Bernstein, Malcolm Arnold, Ernest Gold, Elmer Bernstein, Lost Generation (b. 1883-1900) Arnold Bax, Herbert Stothart, Gottfried Huppertz, Max Steiner, Sergei Prokofiev, Willy Schmidt-Gentner, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Dmitri Tiomkin, Alfred Newman, Missionary Generation (b. 1860-1882) Ralph Vaughan Williams, Civil War Generation (1843-1859) ? Gilded Generation (1822-1842) Camille Saint-Saëns I just like to stare at data like this.
  17. @Naïve Old Fart, moderate composing and conducting keep him alive and energetic!
  18. Some audio files and description are available here, apparently: https://www.networknewsmusic.com/?s=NBC I've got to say that this sinfonietta is the best non-film Williams music I've ever heard.
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