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    karelm reacted to Disco Stu in JW is writing a new violin concerto for Anne-Sophie Mutter - "Violin Concerto No. 2"   
    For the past 6-9 months my listening has more and more been dominated by jazz of the 20s-50s, so it's gratifying to see that Williams still keeps that music of his formative years in his mind.  Thornhill is interesting because so much of his output is nakedly commercial but for the attentive listener (as I'm sure Williams was in his teen years) the Thornhill arrangements often have ear-tingling features of harmony and orchestration.  By the end of the 40s Thornhill was also using Gil Evans as an arranger and started recording some less frivolous tunes by bebop pioneers like Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and Illinois Jacquet.  Clearly that specific Thornhill era was hugely influential on Williams.
     
    I like to imagine JW really vibing on something like this around age 17
     
     
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    karelm got a reaction from Loert in What's John Williams' diet?   
    Conrad Pope literally talked about this once.  He said JW almost always has the same thing for lunch everyday.  Turkey sandwich.  I don't think it was literally he always eats that but rather that just like he has a turtleneck routine, JW is very much on a fixed schedule and fixed meal routine as his personal preference.  As Conrad observed it, it was a turkey sandwich but just as JW doesn't *ALWAYS* wear a turtleneck though it seems that way, once can assume he sometimes deviates from the lunch sandwich routine but it did cause notice to Conrad.
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    karelm got a reaction from ChrisAfonso in Video Game Music   
    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 thought the music of this game was so wonderful and exciting, it was a pleasure and true honor to be part of this project!  It was over three hours of original music ranging in style from jazz, big band, retro, huge symphonic scoring with large orchestra and chorus and we spent a few years on it with several scoring sessions!  In addition, like all of Tim Schafer's game's, it's a deep and rich game universe well worth exploring.  Lots of examples of the music are in this latest trailer. 
     
    Prepurchase link: https://store.steampowered.com/app/607080/Psychonauts_2/
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    karelm got a reaction from Marian Schedenig in Video Game Music   
    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 thought the music of this game was so wonderful and exciting, it was a pleasure and true honor to be part of this project!  It was over three hours of original music ranging in style from jazz, big band, retro, huge symphonic scoring with large orchestra and chorus and we spent a few years on it with several scoring sessions!  In addition, like all of Tim Schafer's game's, it's a deep and rich game universe well worth exploring.  Lots of examples of the music are in this latest trailer. 
     
    Prepurchase link: https://store.steampowered.com/app/607080/Psychonauts_2/
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    karelm got a reaction from Holko in Video Game Music   
    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 thought the music of this game was so wonderful and exciting, it was a pleasure and true honor to be part of this project!  It was over three hours of original music ranging in style from jazz, big band, retro, huge symphonic scoring with large orchestra and chorus and we spent a few years on it with several scoring sessions!  In addition, like all of Tim Schafer's game's, it's a deep and rich game universe well worth exploring.  Lots of examples of the music are in this latest trailer. 
     
    Prepurchase link: https://store.steampowered.com/app/607080/Psychonauts_2/
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    karelm got a reaction from SteveMc in Video Game Music   
    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 thought the music of this game was so wonderful and exciting, it was a pleasure and true honor to be part of this project!  It was over three hours of original music ranging in style from jazz, big band, retro, huge symphonic scoring with large orchestra and chorus and we spent a few years on it with several scoring sessions!  In addition, like all of Tim Schafer's game's, it's a deep and rich game universe well worth exploring.  Lots of examples of the music are in this latest trailer. 
     
    Prepurchase link: https://store.steampowered.com/app/607080/Psychonauts_2/
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    karelm got a reaction from Jay in Video Game Music   
    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 thought the music of this game was so wonderful and exciting, it was a pleasure and true honor to be part of this project!  It was over three hours of original music ranging in style from jazz, big band, retro, huge symphonic scoring with large orchestra and chorus and we spent a few years on it with several scoring sessions!  In addition, like all of Tim Schafer's game's, it's a deep and rich game universe well worth exploring.  Lots of examples of the music are in this latest trailer. 
     
    Prepurchase link: https://store.steampowered.com/app/607080/Psychonauts_2/
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    karelm got a reaction from Edmilson in Video Game Music   
    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 thought the music of this game was so wonderful and exciting, it was a pleasure and true honor to be part of this project!  It was over three hours of original music ranging in style from jazz, big band, retro, huge symphonic scoring with large orchestra and chorus and we spent a few years on it with several scoring sessions!  In addition, like all of Tim Schafer's game's, it's a deep and rich game universe well worth exploring.  Lots of examples of the music are in this latest trailer. 
     
    Prepurchase link: https://store.steampowered.com/app/607080/Psychonauts_2/
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    karelm got a reaction from MikeH in What's John Williams' diet?   
    Conrad Pope literally talked about this once.  He said JW almost always has the same thing for lunch everyday.  Turkey sandwich.  I don't think it was literally he always eats that but rather that just like he has a turtleneck routine, JW is very much on a fixed schedule and fixed meal routine as his personal preference.  As Conrad observed it, it was a turkey sandwich but just as JW doesn't *ALWAYS* wear a turtleneck though it seems that way, once can assume he sometimes deviates from the lunch sandwich routine but it did cause notice to Conrad.
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    karelm got a reaction from Fabulin in Indiana Jones 5 Spoilers & Set Photos Thread   
    They can fix that though!  In Mandalorian, they perfectly de-aged Hamill's voice to match ROTJ era. 
     
     
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    karelm reacted to crumbs in Indiana Jones 5 Spoilers & Set Photos Thread   
    If you paste a younger Indy's face on him, you'd never know it's a much older actor.
     

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    karelm got a reaction from Fabulin in The Composer's Thread   
    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. 
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    karelm got a reaction from Loert in The Composer's Thread   
    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. 
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    karelm reacted to Loert in The Composer's Thread   
    An orchestral piece of music I wrote in the "spooky" style of Dukas, Lyadov, Berlioz et al. Enjoy!
     
     
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    karelm got a reaction from MrJosh in The Classical Music Recommendation Thread   
    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 restored original violin concerto which has a grander, more symphonic scale but on youtube requires multiple individual links.  Additionally, the finer performance is of Isaac Stern's abridged version about 10 minutes shorter.  A wonderful performance but not as great a version of the work. Hence I'm in a conundrum and ask you seek it out yourself. 
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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 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 SteveMc 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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