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    karelm got a reaction from Tom Guernsey in Rest In Peace Richard Donner.   
    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.

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    karelm got a reaction from Edmilson in Rest In Peace Richard Donner.   
    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.

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    karelm got a reaction from Miguel Andrade in The John Williams Concert Work Listening and Discussion Thread   
    How about trumpet concerto?  I quite like Hooten's release from last year.
     
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    karelm reacted to Loert in The Classical Music Recommendation Thread   
    I just love the opening of the middle movement from Roussel's Symphony No.2:
     
     
    It sounds like the music you hear at the beginning of those "city-suburb" American family films, but in a good way...
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    karelm got a reaction from carlborg in Prelude for Piano and Orchestra (new Williams composition - premiered June 2021; Albany Symphony performance & recording coming 2022)   
    Gloria Cheng posted this from the premiere of the concert just now!

     

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    karelm got a reaction from KittBash in Prelude for Piano and Orchestra (new Williams composition - premiered June 2021; Albany Symphony performance & recording coming 2022)   
    Gloria Cheng posted this from the premiere of the concert just now!

     

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    karelm got a reaction from thx99 in Prelude for Piano and Orchestra (new Williams composition - premiered June 2021; Albany Symphony performance & recording coming 2022)   
    Gloria Cheng posted this from the premiere of the concert just now!

     

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    karelm got a reaction from BuzzLightyear in Prelude for Piano and Orchestra (new Williams composition - premiered June 2021; Albany Symphony performance & recording coming 2022)   
    Gloria Cheng posted this from the premiere of the concert just now!

     

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    karelm got a reaction from GerateWohl in Prelude for Piano and Orchestra (new Williams composition - premiered June 2021; Albany Symphony performance & recording coming 2022)   
    Gloria Cheng posted this from the premiere of the concert just now!

     

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    karelm got a reaction from Miguel Andrade in Prelude for Piano and Orchestra (new Williams composition - premiered June 2021; Albany Symphony performance & recording coming 2022)   
    Gloria Cheng posted this from the premiere of the concert just now!

     

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    karelm got a reaction from May the Force be with You in Prelude for Piano and Orchestra (new Williams composition - premiered June 2021; Albany Symphony performance & recording coming 2022)   
    Gloria Cheng posted this from the premiere of the concert just now!

     

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    karelm got a reaction from Ricard in Prelude for Piano and Orchestra (new Williams composition - premiered June 2021; Albany Symphony performance & recording coming 2022)   
    Gloria Cheng posted this from the premiere of the concert just now!

     

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    karelm got a reaction from Bespin in Scores with best thematic/leitmotif handling ever (Minus LOTR and SW)   
    Superman (1978)
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    karelm got a reaction from Jay in Williams' Second Symphony?   
    I'm sure it will be performed but sadly, not while The Maestro is with us.  I think it's something like Sibelius' Kullervo, his early choral symphony, in that the composer withdrew the work and considered it a youth or student work.  But after his death, it grew in popularity and is quite adored by fans of the composer.  It is evidently the work of a young composer, but still shows glimpses of the brilliance to come and has many fingerprints of the mature composer though a flawed piece.  I think JW's symphony will follow a similar trajectory.  
     
    I was cleaning my closet in need of additional storage space.  In a box of papers, I recently found a "Symphony No. 1" I had written 25 years ago and forgot about.  I had forgotten what it was about and had little idea of what it sounded like or if any of it was recoverable.  It was probably my first completed work and way more ambitious than my skill allowed.  I played through some of it and realized very quickly, it was disastrous.  But I could also hear ideas, motifs, and touches that I still have.  It is clearly something from me.  I wonder if it is worth fixing but a part of me thinks I'm so different musically than I was back then, it would be easier to just take a theme from that and create a new work based on that original rather than revising and updating the original.  It would effectively be a completely different work with my current skills and experience leveraged on those earlier ideas.  So that would make it a completely different work than the original...a second symphony based on the same material.  But another part of me thinks "what's the point?"  I've done that thing better in other pieces so why spend the time to revisit this original oddity that no longer has relevance to me now or where I am heading?  It's just something from my past like a diary from when I was a kid or something.  It belongs in its place and time and level of incompetence.  I think JW is sort of thinking along similar lines with his symphony.  To him, it just doesn't represent who he is as a composer and if it was to represent who he was back then, other extant works probably did that better.
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    karelm got a reaction from Miguel Andrade in Williams' Second Symphony?   
    I'm sure it will be performed but sadly, not while The Maestro is with us.  I think it's something like Sibelius' Kullervo, his early choral symphony, in that the composer withdrew the work and considered it a youth or student work.  But after his death, it grew in popularity and is quite adored by fans of the composer.  It is evidently the work of a young composer, but still shows glimpses of the brilliance to come and has many fingerprints of the mature composer though a flawed piece.  I think JW's symphony will follow a similar trajectory.  
     
    I was cleaning my closet in need of additional storage space.  In a box of papers, I recently found a "Symphony No. 1" I had written 25 years ago and forgot about.  I had forgotten what it was about and had little idea of what it sounded like or if any of it was recoverable.  It was probably my first completed work and way more ambitious than my skill allowed.  I played through some of it and realized very quickly, it was disastrous.  But I could also hear ideas, motifs, and touches that I still have.  It is clearly something from me.  I wonder if it is worth fixing but a part of me thinks I'm so different musically than I was back then, it would be easier to just take a theme from that and create a new work based on that original rather than revising and updating the original.  It would effectively be a completely different work with my current skills and experience leveraged on those earlier ideas.  So that would make it a completely different work than the original...a second symphony based on the same material.  But another part of me thinks "what's the point?"  I've done that thing better in other pieces so why spend the time to revisit this original oddity that no longer has relevance to me now or where I am heading?  It's just something from my past like a diary from when I was a kid or something.  It belongs in its place and time and level of incompetence.  I think JW is sort of thinking along similar lines with his symphony.  To him, it just doesn't represent who he is as a composer and if it was to represent who he was back then, other extant works probably did that better.
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    karelm reacted to Marian Schedenig in The Classical Music Recommendation Thread   
    Happy 131st birthday to one of my favourite Strauss works:
         
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    karelm got a reaction from SteveMc in The Classical Music Recommendation Thread   
    I also enjoy Colin Matthews orchestral arrangement.
     
     
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    karelm reacted to SteveMc in The Classical Music Recommendation Thread   
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    karelm reacted to Muad'Dib in The Classical Music Recommendation Thread   
    Previn, baby!
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    karelm got a reaction from SteveMc in Am I particularly weird and/or alone for liking the drier mix of TFA's score to the lushness of JW's prequel scores?   
    Am I crazy to like them all?  OT has a vintage analog quality I grew up with and was considered the pinnacle in its day.  PT is consistently heavy on reverb but also adds a richness to the sound that fits it's "early republic" stage.  To me, it is like technicolor.  I love those 1950s films with hyper colors that smack you but they have a vintage quality to them.  Sort of like vibrancy on an image.  It's not quite what reality looks like, there is a sheen over the colors but here, I mean musically.  Then ST has grit and reality.  Dust on the lens.  The republic is sort of in ruins and the trilogy sound reflect this through its drier mix.  It is like you can hear the rosin of the violin bow in this trilogy only but that adds a gritty quality too.
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    karelm reacted to blondheim in Is The Abyss James Cameron's Best Film   
    The Terminator is his best film.
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    karelm got a reaction from MikeH in Based on what the composer chooses orchestra for recording?   
    Yeah, ok, fuck you.  Basketball player Stephen Curry was paid $40 million in 2020 alone.   Average NBA player salary (not including endorsements, etc.) is 8 million (doubled with endorsements).  Classical babe Yuja Wang, the closest equivalent's total worth is 20 million.  These are people who started working at around 3 or 4 years old and like the very finest athletes are peerless in their class having spent the entirety of their life focusing on this talent.   It is probably a dozen or two world wide who command this fee and they are exceptional talents. 

     
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    karelm got a reaction from MikeH in Based on what the composer chooses orchestra for recording?   
    If it's a package deal, the composer decides.  Packages are generally indies and less.  If it is a studio project, the composer has an opinion but other factors like distribution and buy outs from the producers will factor in.  Generally, the bigger the budget, the less control the composer has but the higher profile the composer the more clout their opinion carries.  EG:  JNH can argue for a very expensive soloist like Hillary Hahn in The Village.  Including her probably doubled the music budget.  That was the producer who agreed it was worth spending that money but the music direction had to pitch it arguing a virtuoso violin would be the voice of the blind, an obvious nod to Bernard Herrmann who used the solo viola d'amore as the "voice" of the blind heroine in On Dangerous Ground as she is generally unaware of the danger she is faced with so the music has to "speak" for that.  So the composer said I can help you tell your story if you budget for a concert violinist and the producer agreed to the pitch but the producer controlled the budget.  Generally, the lower the budget, the more control the composer gets.  Directors would want to hear what the composer's ideas are and how they can help with the story telling but the producer can say no if the request is too impractical.  I believe in Troy, Horner requested double violas (or might be double cellos...I forget exactly but something highly irregular).  Let's assume it was cellos.  So a normal big budget orchestra would use 10 or maybe even 12 cellos and Horner wanted 24.  He got it but it was the producer and director who agreed to spend it on his vision and remember they had a huge budget and tossed out an already recorded expansive score by Gabriel Yared.  This is just an example where it was actually the director and producers decision to agree to Horner's lavish proposal rather than Horner's decision.   Ideally, it's a partnership where the decision is made based on what the filmmakers need most.  You would be surprised how often big budget studio films don't have the budget they need for music but the composer suggests options to meet them in the middle based on the practical limitations.  
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    karelm reacted to Naïve Old Fart in Other composers best imitations of Goldsmith   
    Jerry is all over BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS.
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