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  1. A good reference to JW's own concert music, these are solid additions to concert repertoire by a major composer known primarily for his work in film but his concert music has little of the same characteristics found in his famous film scores however the "fingerprints" are all there. Another similarity is Rozsa was considered very musically knowledgeable, practically a musicologist and I've heard the same reference made to JW. Very good recommendation and oh I've performed with Lynn Harrell, too cool!
  2. I second your recommendation of Robert Greenberg who has sly humor too but I think the courses a bit too pricey for most but are EXCELLENT traversal of the complexity of the topic. The topic is sort of equivalent to "I don't get literature". It's not a quick topic. Anyway, I totally second the Greenberg recommendation! He's a fabulous educator.
  3. It's hard to tell where you are in a piece when it is completely brand new to you. You might enjoy Aaron Copland's "What to Listen for in Music" or Leonard Bernstein's Young People's Concerts tv shows from the 1950's and 60's which are on youtube and very well explained walk through of elements of music and some masterpieces. Classical music doesn't always come quickly or easily but rewards effort.
  4. 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
  5. Not sure how you could have guessed that but I will say, I'm a huge fan of the score. It's FANTASTIC!! There were moments when I had to take a step back and thought "holy shit this is good". Thank you for supporting the project and I very much believe you'll love it! Tim, Peter, and all put everything in to their projects. We are all VERY passionate about what we do and push each other. I think this will stand the test of time and I'm so proud to have been a part of it. I don't know if I'll be able to play it because I get killed too easily but I'll happily own it. If it's not obvious,
  6. The video game I was part of is getting released next month. I was the orchestrator and there is quite a nice cross section of what the music is like in this trailer. It's a Lucasarts team and the sequel to award winning writer/producer Tim Schafer's (Secret of Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle, The Curse of Monkey Island, Monkey Island 2, Grim Fandango, Broken Age) Pyschonauts from 2005! The music is fantastic and composed by Peter McConnell (Star Wars Rogue Squadron, Sam & Max Hit the road, Star Wars X-Wing, Grim Fandango, and so many other LucasArts classics). I thou
  7. He was directly involved. John Favreau talked about it here at 4 minutes in. https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/culture/video/jon-favreau-talks-season-finale-mandalorian-74839269
  8. They can fix that though! In Mandalorian, they perfectly de-aged Hamill's voice to match ROTJ era.
  9. Very nice pictures but some captions are a bit inaccurate. The 1910 picture showing Mahler enjoying family time includes his two daughters Anna and Maria but Maria died in 1907 and Mahler would have been quite sickly in 1910 just months from his own death from heart failure. The picture is probably from 1906 placing it just before he would work on his Symphony No. 8.
  10. I finally just saw Besson'sValerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets. I enjoyed it. Not a masterpiece, not even a pretty good film but not awful either. About as good as other big budget meh movies like Independence Day Resurgence, Godzilla king of the monsters, etc. Fun movies and not much else. Better than a transformer movie where stuff just happens to alot of characters, not as good as Avengers movies where there is a lot at stake and you care about what actually happens, but a fun experience overall but far from perfect. I think it's biggest flaw is you don't really care what hap
  11. Reminds me more of the "spooky" style of Elfman and Williams (Sleepy Hallow, Dracula, and Witches of Eastwick) fine nonetheless. Dukas, Lyadov, Franck's "Le Chasseur maudit" (The Accursed Huntsman - one of the best of this genre) all spend quite a bit of time in the spooky setting without any action. Just unsettling the listener. If the music spends more time with the goblins, it feels more like Elfman or others exploring the bizarre ritualistic setting of the goblins of a more modern setting.
  12. I've really been enjoying American composer George Rochberg's works lately. I listened to his Violin Concerto abridged version and the original and very much prefer the more expansive violin symphony original version lasting 52 minutes long making it what I think could be the longest violin concerto. The work is dark and dramatic but also tonal. Anyone who likes late Shostakovitch, Bernard Herrmann (especially later Herrmann), or Benjamin Britten should find much to admire with this composer. So the reason I am not linking the extremely fine violin concerto is I prefer the rest
  13. RIP to the man who made us believe a man could fly. Superman 78 was a very special film and the first of its kind. I LOVED the story of how he convinced A list character actor Gene Hackman to shave his beard for the role. He also helmed the great vintage Twilight Zone episode, Nightmare at 20,000 feet, with everyone's favorite starship captain Kirk.
  14. How about trumpet concerto? I quite like Hooten's release from last year. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07P3WK6SZ?pf_rd_r=MGZJV09FKNHMB22AC010&pf_rd_p=5ae2c7f8-e0c6-4f35-9071-dc3240e894a8&pd_rd_r=a2d40952-d56b-4ac8-b3a1-80fae44dab9f&pd_rd_w=VtcjI&pd_rd_wg=7oByk&ref_=pd_gw_unk
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