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    TownerFan got a reaction from artguy360 in The Legacy of John Williams - New Blog on JW   
    https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2020/11/27/tim-morrison-podcast/
     
    I don't have much to add other than it was a real honour and privilege to talk with such an iconic musician who we JW fans all admire so much. I hope you will enjoy, gents!
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Ricard in The Legacy of John Williams - New Blog on JW   
    https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2020/11/27/tim-morrison-podcast/
     
    I don't have much to add other than it was a real honour and privilege to talk with such an iconic musician who we JW fans all admire so much. I hope you will enjoy, gents!
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Once in The Legacy of John Williams - New Blog on JW   
    New audio interview with Conrad Pope, talking about the music and the legacy of John Williams, the art form of film music and his life and career in the Hollywood film music community. It’s a fun one! Hope you all enjoy!
     
    https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2019/04/26/conrad-pope-interview/
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    TownerFan got a reaction from ricsim88 in The Legacy of John Williams - New Blog on JW   
    https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2020/11/27/tim-morrison-podcast/
     
    I don't have much to add other than it was a real honour and privilege to talk with such an iconic musician who we JW fans all admire so much. I hope you will enjoy, gents!
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Mari in The Legacy of John Williams - New Blog on JW   
    https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2020/11/27/tim-morrison-podcast/
     
    I don't have much to add other than it was a real honour and privilege to talk with such an iconic musician who we JW fans all admire so much. I hope you will enjoy, gents!
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    TownerFan got a reaction from BrotherSound in The Legacy of John Williams - New Blog on JW   
    https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2020/11/27/tim-morrison-podcast/
     
    I don't have much to add other than it was a real honour and privilege to talk with such an iconic musician who we JW fans all admire so much. I hope you will enjoy, gents!
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Falstaft in The Legacy of John Williams - New Blog on JW   
    https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2020/11/27/tim-morrison-podcast/
     
    I don't have much to add other than it was a real honour and privilege to talk with such an iconic musician who we JW fans all admire so much. I hope you will enjoy, gents!
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Steve in The Legacy of John Williams - New Blog on JW   
    https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2020/11/27/tim-morrison-podcast/
     
    I don't have much to add other than it was a real honour and privilege to talk with such an iconic musician who we JW fans all admire so much. I hope you will enjoy, gents!
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Score in 'Percussive Planet' - a new John Williams piece for percussion and orchestra for Martin Grubinger   
    Hmm... I don't think this is going to be a full-on new Concerto, but rather a symphonic adaptation of his own (Williams-approved) film themes medley that Grubinger already performed last year at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival with his own Percussive Planet ensemble:
     
     
    On his website, Grubinger is listing the Berlin piece as "WILLIAMS: Suite Special Edition". If it was a world premiere of sorts, it would have been surely noted.
     
     
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Miguel Andrade in John Williams hopes "to be in Berlin in October conducting the orchestra"   
    The man knows no limits. I take this as a good sign from the universe that the pandemic will end before the end of next year
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    TownerFan got a reaction from mrbellamy in 'Percussive Planet' - a new John Williams piece for percussion and orchestra for Martin Grubinger   
    Hmm... I don't think this is going to be a full-on new Concerto, but rather a symphonic adaptation of his own (Williams-approved) film themes medley that Grubinger already performed last year at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival with his own Percussive Planet ensemble:
     
     
    On his website, Grubinger is listing the Berlin piece as "WILLIAMS: Suite Special Edition". If it was a world premiere of sorts, it would have been surely noted.
     
     
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Will in John Williams hopes "to be in Berlin in October conducting the orchestra"   
    The man knows no limits. I take this as a good sign from the universe that the pandemic will end before the end of next year
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    TownerFan got a reaction from carlborg in 'Percussive Planet' - a new John Williams piece for percussion and orchestra for Martin Grubinger   
    Hmm... I don't think this is going to be a full-on new Concerto, but rather a symphonic adaptation of his own (Williams-approved) film themes medley that Grubinger already performed last year at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival with his own Percussive Planet ensemble:
     
     
    On his website, Grubinger is listing the Berlin piece as "WILLIAMS: Suite Special Edition". If it was a world premiere of sorts, it would have been surely noted.
     
     
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Albus Percival Wulfric in 'Percussive Planet' - a new John Williams piece for percussion and orchestra for Martin Grubinger   
    Hmm... I don't think this is going to be a full-on new Concerto, but rather a symphonic adaptation of his own (Williams-approved) film themes medley that Grubinger already performed last year at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival with his own Percussive Planet ensemble:
     
     
    On his website, Grubinger is listing the Berlin piece as "WILLIAMS: Suite Special Edition". If it was a world premiere of sorts, it would have been surely noted.
     
     
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Joe Brausam in Hal Leonard Signature Editions   
    I think that's the most logical reason. I guess it will be out when orchestras will fully resume activities and concerts, hopefully next year.
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    TownerFan got a reaction from BrotherSound in Hal Leonard Signature Editions   
    I think that's the most logical reason. I guess it will be out when orchestras will fully resume activities and concerts, hopefully next year.
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    TownerFan reacted to Marian Schedenig in What do you think is Williams composing now?   
    Unlikely, I think. After the "traditional", theme based suite of film music adaptations for ASM, I expect his next work the for the instrument to be something more "serious" (in the worst meaning of that term, but you know what I mean). 
     
     
    These things are hard to discuss with you, because you deny film music any musical validity in its original settings as film music. Others (so-called classical purists) do the opposite and deny it any musical validity when separated from the film. I consider both dogmas to be extremely short-sighted and limiting.
     
    I listen to film music for the music. I have tons of scores that I've never seen the film to, and for a good deal of those I barely know what the film is about, and yet I enjoy them. At the same time, more knowledge of their original intent doesn't hurt my musical appreciation. I don't like Beethoven's 6th symphony any less because I know the programme it was based on or his 9th symphony because I can understand the lyrics in the finale. I don't like Wagner's Ring less because I know the story, understand the lyrics, and have seen it live multiple times - on the contrary, it has increased my appreciation for it, and my understanding for the music. This argument remains valid regardless of whether the actual story is good or not, although the added value of a "complete" presentation is of course reduced if the additional elements have little worth themselves. (Exceptions exist, of course, if the setting is so distracting, or contrary, or perhaps artistically beneath the music that the mere association taints it. But I find those to be very rare)
     
    Along the same lines, narrative film music can make more musical sense when you understand why it was written like it was written, or what it was written to express. That knowledge doesn't undermine its musical value in any way, just like recognising the themes and how they are treated throughout a symphony doesn't, or like understanding the lyrics to a choral composition doesn't. On the contrary, if it had a significant effect on the musical structure and purpose (like the themes in a symphony, the lyrics in a choral composition, and the libretto of an opera definitely are), it has definitive musical relevance.
     
    I don't want random "visual aids" when listening to music. I find still images or animations from the film, loosely related to the music being performed, utterly distracting and counter productive. If you're performing a suite of music, perform the suite, and don't dilute it with vaguely related content that had no bearing on the actual composition.
     
    But an opera is only fully complete when it's staged. As is a narrative ballet. A composition distinctly based on (rather than just "using") lyrics can only be completely understood and appreciated when you understand the lyrics. If a composer tells you the programme for their symphony, they don't require you to "see" their original images, but the fact that they tell you the programme indicates that they believe it to have value for those experiencing the composition.
     
    A narrative, leitmotivic film score (to use the strongest example for the context we're discussing) derives its use of themes, orchestral colours, dramatic arcs from the images it was written for. When done well, it turns them into a musical structure, just like an opera or ballet does with its libretto. It can increase the understanding of that structure to experience it in its original "habitat" - more than that, it can increase your appreciation for those bits of music that are not musically out of place (as a "classical purist" would claim), but are primarily motivated by the images they were written to. One example is that short chromatic motif in the duel music from Korngold's The Sea Hawk. It's not out of place musically, it's fun and perfectly valid when just listening to it as "absolute" music (something that is, historically, very rare; even your typical Mass is closer to programme music than to absolute music). But when seeing the film you realise that it's there for a purpose: It underscores Errol Flynn (or was it Henry Daniell?) cutting down a candle in the middle of the duel. That knowledge isn't necessary to appreciate the music, but neither does it hurt. What it does is improve my appreciation for Korngold's grasp of his art, because seeing it I can admire the way he turned a detail in the film into a musically integrated element.
     
    And as @GerateWohl said, the best (i.e. most musical) way to present that would, in most cases, be an LtP presentation without (or at least with very little) sound effects and music. There are instances where the music actively interacts so closely with the non-musical sound track that it can be justified to include a bit of that, but by and large, the "traditional narrative Hollywood film score" is musically and narratively strong enough to stand on its own (or most of us wouldn't be here listening to it) and has little direct relation to the other elements on the soundtrack (or used to have, before they became so overpowering and narrative music so relatively outfashioned that its main purpose now is often purely atmospheric rather than narrative, and not so much musically atmospheric rather than an element to only fill in the space left by the sound effects).
     
    Frankly, I find both denying a film composer the musical validity of their work and denying them the narrative validity in the film (which is its main purpose - or arguably its only real purpose, but fortunately for us there are still composers who strive to write something of musical worth rather than merely a functional sequence of sounds (which, again, is what "classical purists" have always been reducing film music to)) highly disrespectful of the art of the composers, and limiting the scope (and thus potential for enjoyment) of the actual music.
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    TownerFan got a reaction from crumbs in The Legacy of John Williams - New Blog on JW   
    https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2020/11/10/jim-self-podcast/
     
    This is another great episode, guys. Lots of great stories and memories from a true legend among studio musicians!
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    TownerFan reacted to Miguel Andrade in The Legacy of John Williams - New Blog on JW   
    Awesome work as always @TownerFan
    Also, great to see that the music selections include a concert I attended
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Miguel Andrade in The Legacy of John Williams - New Blog on JW   
    https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2020/11/10/jim-self-podcast/
     
    This is another great episode, guys. Lots of great stories and memories from a true legend among studio musicians!
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    TownerFan reacted to Albus Percival Wulfric in The Legacy of John Williams - New Blog on JW   
    An excellent talk!
     
    The information that interested me the most is that there is a lot of behind-the-scenes footage of Williams' studio work. I wonder what library or museum this collection will end up in.
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    TownerFan reacted to Incanus in The Legacy of John Williams - New Blog on JW   
    That was another brilliant episode @TownerFan! Such lovely stories and memories from Jim Self, who is indeed a musical legend himself and who was so very graciously appreciative of John Williams and his music. Keep these wonderful interviews coming Maurizio! 🙂
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Albus Percival Wulfric in The Legacy of John Williams - New Blog on JW   
    Jaws at 45:
     
    https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2020/11/06/jaws-at-45
     
    This year, Steven Spielberg's timeless classic turned 45. The Legacy of John Williams presents a new analysis focusing on the element of trust and kinship between director and composer and how they fulfilled a shared artistic vision.
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    TownerFan got a reaction from mahler3 in The Legacy of John Williams - New Blog on JW   
    Jaws at 45:
     
    https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2020/11/06/jaws-at-45
     
    This year, Steven Spielberg's timeless classic turned 45. The Legacy of John Williams presents a new analysis focusing on the element of trust and kinship between director and composer and how they fulfilled a shared artistic vision.
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    TownerFan got a reaction from mahler3 in The Legacy of John Williams - New Blog on JW   
    https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2020/11/10/jim-self-podcast/
     
    This is another great episode, guys. Lots of great stories and memories from a true legend among studio musicians!
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