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    TownerFan got a reaction from Remco in Williams's sketches? ?Angela Morley and Conrad Pope   
    FYI, Karam is 91 years old and retired.
     
    There is no inherent reason as to why JW stopped working with Conrad other than he likely didn't need his services anymore. As he said in the podcast interview we did, Conrad feels like JW is doing good without him nonetheless
     
     
    Conrad started in the early 1980s working as a copyist at JAKMS, so he was able to look at scores already very early on. He was recommended to John Neufeld by Arthur Morton (Goldsmith's main orchestrator), and started doing uncredited work for him. He was given his first credits with on some James Horner scores in the early 1990s (The Rocketeer, Patriot Games, Once Upon a Forest). It was around the same time that he started also contributing orchestration work for John Williams. His first work was indeed Jurassic Park in 1993. From that moment on, he became a regular in the team with Neufeld working with JW. He also started to get a lot of work and did orchestrations for Alan Silvestri, James Newton Howard, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer. His first official screen credit on a JW score was The Lost World. In some of the heavier, denser scores he orchestrated most of the cues, such as Sorcerer's Stone, Minority Report, Attack of the Clones, Prisoner of Azkaban. When Neufeld retired in 2004 (his last score with JW was The Terminal), Conrad basically became the "principal", splitting cues mostly with Eddie Karam on Revenge of the Sith, War of the Worlds, Munich, Indiana Jones IV and Tintin, with the occasional help from JAKMS people.
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Once in Williams's sketches? ?Angela Morley and Conrad Pope   
    FYI, Karam is 91 years old and retired.
     
    There is no inherent reason as to why JW stopped working with Conrad other than he likely didn't need his services anymore. As he said in the podcast interview we did, Conrad feels like JW is doing good without him nonetheless
     
     
    Conrad started in the early 1980s working as a copyist at JAKMS, so he was able to look at scores already very early on. He was recommended to John Neufeld by Arthur Morton (Goldsmith's main orchestrator), and started doing uncredited work for him. He was given his first credits with on some James Horner scores in the early 1990s (The Rocketeer, Patriot Games, Once Upon a Forest). It was around the same time that he started also contributing orchestration work for John Williams. His first work was indeed Jurassic Park in 1993. From that moment on, he became a regular in the team with Neufeld working with JW. He also started to get a lot of work and did orchestrations for Alan Silvestri, James Newton Howard, Danny Elfman, Hans Zimmer. His first official screen credit on a JW score was The Lost World. In some of the heavier, denser scores he orchestrated most of the cues, such as Sorcerer's Stone, Minority Report, Attack of the Clones, Prisoner of Azkaban. When Neufeld retired in 2004 (his last score with JW was The Terminal), Conrad basically became the "principal", splitting cues mostly with Eddie Karam on Revenge of the Sith, War of the Worlds, Munich, Indiana Jones IV and Tintin, with the occasional help from JAKMS people.
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    TownerFan got a reaction from crumbs in Lebrecht review of Williams and the Vienna Philharmonic   
    I'm not as hip or famous as Mr. Lebrecht,  but here's my own take:
     
    https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2020/09/07/john-williams-in-vienna/
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Bayesian in Will we see another Spielberg/Williams Collaboration?   
    As much as it would be amusing to see Spielberg managing projects exclusively around JW's availability, it's just wishful thinking. There are a lot of things that go into consideration when prepping and producing a film. More often than not things are being put in turnaround for a variety of reasons. While Spielberg certainly has enough clout to set up a production schedule according to his own wishes, a lot of those decisions are also made in cooperation and agreement with the studio financing the project. It's true that Spielberg has quite a large track record of projects that went as far as into advanced pre-production and then suddenly halted or pushed back, but again the reasons behind those are many and different.
     
    West Side Story is a long coveted project on his part. It's been in preparation for almost 10 years. I'm sure he and JW talked about it and if this would have happened earlier perhaps JW would have collaborated in some way, but it feels like he's not that much into adaptation work in this phase of his life, so he could have passed on anyway.
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Will in Alternate "The Adventures of Tintin" (Opening Credits)?   
    These are fantastic peeks into the creative process, other than being lovely pieces of music. I think Spielberg and JW did the right choice in the end--the final jazzy version is probably the best of the three. It gives the opening a fantastic 1920s feeling.
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Muad'Dib in Alternate "The Adventures of Tintin" (Opening Credits)?   
    These are fantastic peeks into the creative process, other than being lovely pieces of music. I think Spielberg and JW did the right choice in the end--the final jazzy version is probably the best of the three. It gives the opening a fantastic 1920s feeling.
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Once in Alternate "The Adventures of Tintin" (Opening Credits)?   
    These are fantastic peeks into the creative process, other than being lovely pieces of music. I think Spielberg and JW did the right choice in the end--the final jazzy version is probably the best of the three. It gives the opening a fantastic 1920s feeling.
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    TownerFan reacted to Dave Norris in Lebrecht review of Williams and the Vienna Philharmonic   
    He’s a well know instigator in classical music circles. I think its position in classical music charts around the world should speak for itself
    I’m sorry I wasted 30 seconds of my time reading it !
     
    Also hello everyone-I’ve decided to jump in after reading this forum for years !  Many of you know me already so please be kind 
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Marian Schedenig in Lebrecht review of Williams and the Vienna Philharmonic   
    Thanks, Marian! Duly noted and corrected.
     
    I'm aware that the Philharmoniker aren't the oldest European musical institution, but they're perhaps the one which kept attached stronger than others to the (especially Viennese) musical tradition. I hope I was clear enough in making that point.
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Marian Schedenig in Lebrecht review of Williams and the Vienna Philharmonic   
    I'm not as hip or famous as Mr. Lebrecht,  but here's my own take:
     
    https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2020/09/07/john-williams-in-vienna/
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Once in Lebrecht review of Williams and the Vienna Philharmonic   
    I'm not as hip or famous as Mr. Lebrecht,  but here's my own take:
     
    https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2020/09/07/john-williams-in-vienna/
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Ricard in Lebrecht review of Williams and the Vienna Philharmonic   
    I'm not as hip or famous as Mr. Lebrecht,  but here's my own take:
     
    https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2020/09/07/john-williams-in-vienna/
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Holko in Lebrecht review of Williams and the Vienna Philharmonic   
    I'm not as hip or famous as Mr. Lebrecht,  but here's my own take:
     
    https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2020/09/07/john-williams-in-vienna/
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Albus Percival Wulfric in Lebrecht review of Williams and the Vienna Philharmonic   
    I'm not as hip or famous as Mr. Lebrecht,  but here's my own take:
     
    https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2020/09/07/john-williams-in-vienna/
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    TownerFan got a reaction from karelm in I can't believe it's not John Williams! (the best imitators)   
    Conrad wrote a delightful score for chamber orchestra for the documentary Tim's Vermeer a few years ago. The main theme is Desplat-esque (it was likely temped with Girl with a Pearl Earring), but there is a lot to enjoy:
     
     
     
     
     
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    TownerFan got a reaction from karelm in FILM: The Fury (1978)   
    I wouldn't go that far. It's true that the ARP is featured prominently, but it's mostly used as a color, and it's always used within the symphonic context.
     
    I think the first score where he used an ARP synth was The Eiger Sanction. He used it again in Family Plot, Superman, Empire Strikes Back and Jedi. From the mid-1980s onwards, Yamaha DX-7 took over and became the synth every composer wanted to use.
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    TownerFan got a reaction from ATXHusker in Will we see another Spielberg/Williams Collaboration?   
    Bridge of Spies was originally set to be scored by JW. Disney and Amblin even worked out schedules and planned a hiatus from Star Wars duties for JW to allow him to spot, write and record the score for BoS and then letting him finish TFA afterwards. However, JW did a medical treatment and had to rest for almost 2 months (exactly the window allowed for JW to do Bridge of Spies), so there was no chance he could work on BoS, as he had to be back at work on Star Wars. I doubt the studio, i.e. 20th Century Fox would have allowed a new release date on such a short notice. Allegedly, Spielberg thought to go on without an original score, but then he and JW decided to ask Tom Newman to do it.
     
    Ready Player One release date was originally December 2017, but then Warner Bros. decided to move it on March 2018 after The Last Jedi release date was moved 6 months ahead from May to December 2017. I think JW's schedule originally was fine nevertheless (he scored TLJ between December and June 2017) and he was still officially attached to RP1 until June 2017, but then Spielberg fast-tracked The Post and basically shot, edited and did post production it in a 6-months turnaround for a release in December 2017. It was virtually impossible for JW to write two scores simultaneously, as he never did that over his career and he doesn't use additional composers to help him out with deadlines. My hunch is that Spielberg offered to score both films and let JW choose whichever he preferred (I guess he chose The Post because it likely felt like more relevant to him).
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    TownerFan got a reaction from bruce marshall in Will we see another Spielberg/Williams Collaboration?   
    The pandemic and all its consequent restrictions are likely to stay here with us for at least another 18-24 months at the least, so it's better not to hold the breath for any film project materializing soon, sadly. The best we can hope is live concert activities resuming in some form next year so that the new violin concerto can premiere.
     
    Both Spielberg and Williams have longevity genes in their families, so it's definitely heartwarming to hope that they could both be very active for at least another several years from now.
     
    Next year Spielberg will turn 75. At the same age, JW was about to write Indy 4 and was very active doing concerts all around US.
     
     
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    TownerFan reacted to mrbellamy in Will we see another Spielberg/Williams Collaboration?   
    Right. I’m not expecting a thing, especially while we’re in a pandemic. I honestly still can’t believe our luck that he finished Star Wars in time, not to mention he was already an old fuckin man anyway when he committed to a 5 year project. 
     
    It’s great to know that he’s writing his own music as we speak and so we have certainly not heard the last from John Williams. But if he does another film score, it’s clearly not gonna be before he’s 90. Every one going forward will be a miracle to me and he’s already been beating the odds as it is. I’m grateful for an unexpectedly amazing 2010s. I absolutely did not see him being this prolific and I was frankly biting my nails the whole way through every time a new project was announced. 
     
    Now, that epic marathon is over and the film and music industry have gone into slow motion, if not at a total standstill, while time marches on as ever. It would be awesome to be looking back again at more great work when we’re approaching his 100th bday. I’m not celebrating until I at least know a score has been composed.
     
    When War Horse and Tintin came out just before his 80th, my entire perspective shifted on this. I was so happy to have those two and I felt like that was a really full meal, like wow, how lucky. 9 years later I feel like The BFG at Buckingham Palace.
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    TownerFan got a reaction from bollemanneke in Will we see another Spielberg/Williams Collaboration?   
    Indy 5 won't be directed by Spielberg anymore. James Mangold is attached now to direct.
     
    If the right project will come at the right time, there's no question we'll see Spielberg and Williams collaborating again together.
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    TownerFan reacted to karelm in I can't believe it's not John Williams! (the best imitators)   
    Though Conrad Pope might be more famous as an orchestrator for A list composers, he's also a fantastic composer.  For example, check out his fabulous score to Ghost Ship which is a must hear to any fan of JW or Horner.
     
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    TownerFan got a reaction from SteveMc in JW concert arrangements that feature a piano   
    I just published a podcast interview with session pianist Ralph Grierson, who performed on many John's scores in LA:
     
    https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2020/08/26/ralph-grierson-podcast
     
    He also talks about the use of piano in JW scores.
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Steve in JW concert arrangements that feature a piano   
    I just published a podcast interview with session pianist Ralph Grierson, who performed on many John's scores in LA:
     
    https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2020/08/26/ralph-grierson-podcast
     
    He also talks about the use of piano in JW scores.
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Falstaft in JW concert arrangements that feature a piano   
    I just published a podcast interview with session pianist Ralph Grierson, who performed on many John's scores in LA:
     
    https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2020/08/26/ralph-grierson-podcast
     
    He also talks about the use of piano in JW scores.
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Marian Schedenig in JW concert arrangements that feature a piano   
    I just published a podcast interview with session pianist Ralph Grierson, who performed on many John's scores in LA:
     
    https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2020/08/26/ralph-grierson-podcast
     
    He also talks about the use of piano in JW scores.
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