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    TownerFan reacted to WilliamsStarShip2282 in John Williams time with Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco   
    Yes, but you have to know about a lot of different music from the complete duration of his life. I think the clearest example is Treesong, heavily influence by l'Arbre des Songes by Henri Dutilleux. I think I've mentioned that before in another post. If you think about composers that spent a long time with a teacher and were part of a "school", those composers music changed very little during their time. All theirs works were kind of variations on the same idea. Williams on the other hand is an extremely well read person with very diverse interests, and it shows in the wide variety of music that he's written. There is so much originality and freshness in his music, but if you listen carefully you can hear where his inspirations for the piece came from.

    Same thing for Pierre Boulez, who I think most people on this forum don't like or even know. But he denied pretty much all his life influence by his teacher Messiaen, and the brainwashed disciples that ripped off his style are too dense to listen to any other music that isn't written by Boulez, and wouldn't know when they write a BS analysis of his work. But actually if you listen to several pieces, including the Notations for Orchestra, you will hear a lot of Messiaen in there. Same thing with Beethoven, can hear a lot of Mozart and Haydn in his music...... can go on forever about it.
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    TownerFan got a reaction from BrotherSound in The Legacy of John Williams - New Blog on JW   
    https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2020/08/07/jim-walker-podcast/
     
    Jim is a true studio legend, an incredible artist and a lovely human being. It's a lovely conversation, I hope you'll enjoy listening as much as I did in producing it. Feedback is always appreciated!
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Score in The Legacy of John Williams - New Blog on JW   
    https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2020/08/07/jim-walker-podcast/
     
    Jim is a true studio legend, an incredible artist and a lovely human being. It's a lovely conversation, I hope you'll enjoy listening as much as I did in producing it. Feedback is always appreciated!
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Albus Percival Wulfric in The Legacy of John Williams - New Blog on JW   
    https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2020/08/07/jim-walker-podcast/
     
    Jim is a true studio legend, an incredible artist and a lovely human being. It's a lovely conversation, I hope you'll enjoy listening as much as I did in producing it. Feedback is always appreciated!
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    TownerFan got a reaction from BrotherSound in The Legacy of John Williams - New Blog on JW   
    https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2020/07/28/cecilia-tsan-podcast/
     
    Hope you'll like it! Cécilia is an incredibly talented artist.
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    TownerFan got a reaction from crocodile in The Legacy of John Williams - New Blog on JW   
    https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2020/07/28/cecilia-tsan-podcast/
     
    Hope you'll like it! Cécilia is an incredibly talented artist.
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Albus Percival Wulfric in Must-Read: Stravinsky on Film Music   
    From The Film Music Society archives:
    Here's excerpts of a 1946 article written by Russian genius composer Igor Stravinsky about film music. It's a two-part essay in which Stravinsky dissects the various problematics of this discipline. As you may already know, Igor had his own very adamant point of view about film music, but it's nonetheless fascinating and educational as well to read his thoughts about it. To make it even more fascinating, composer David Raksin wrote a reply article questioning most of Stravinsky's points.
    It's a must-read, hope you all enjoy.
    Stravinsky on Film Music - Part 1
    http://www.filmmusicsociety.org/news_events/features/2003/101003.html
    Stravinsky on Film Music - Part 2
    http://www.filmmusicsociety.org/news_events/features/2003/101703.html
    David Raksin Strikes Back
    http://www.filmmusicsociety.org/news_events/features/2003/102403.html
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Muad'Dib in Rare Angela Morley interview (video)   
    From what I understand, up until War Horse, the orchestrator(s) took JW's sketches and prepared the full 32-line handwritten pencil score, and that was then turned to Mark Graham's team at JAKMS, who proof-read everything and prepare the parts.
     
    From Lincoln onwards, JW decided to turn the sketches directly to Graham's team at JAKMS, who prepare both the full score and all the parts directly into Finale from JW's sketches. I think all this was detailed in an interview with Graham here: https://www.finalemusic.com/blog/may-the-fourth-spotlight-on-joann-kane-music/
     
    As for Bill Ross being credited as orchestrator in TFA and TROS, I guess it was JW's decision to have him as a closer helping hand in both occasions (he also did some conducting).
     
     
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Incanus in Rare Angela Morley interview (video)   
    From what I understand, up until War Horse, the orchestrator(s) took JW's sketches and prepared the full 32-line handwritten pencil score, and that was then turned to Mark Graham's team at JAKMS, who proof-read everything and prepare the parts.
     
    From Lincoln onwards, JW decided to turn the sketches directly to Graham's team at JAKMS, who prepare both the full score and all the parts directly into Finale from JW's sketches. I think all this was detailed in an interview with Graham here: https://www.finalemusic.com/blog/may-the-fourth-spotlight-on-joann-kane-music/
     
    As for Bill Ross being credited as orchestrator in TFA and TROS, I guess it was JW's decision to have him as a closer helping hand in both occasions (he also did some conducting).
     
     
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    TownerFan got a reaction from ricsim88 in The New Yorker interview with John Williams   
    It’s possibly the best JW interview in years. It truly helps when you have a brilliant writer and excellent music critic who knows his stuff doing the piece.
     
    I’m very glad also to see the work of scholars like Frank and Emilio recognized. Well done, dear friends!
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Once in Rare Angela Morley interview (video)   
    From what I understand, up until War Horse, the orchestrator(s) took JW's sketches and prepared the full 32-line handwritten pencil score, and that was then turned to Mark Graham's team at JAKMS, who proof-read everything and prepare the parts.
     
    From Lincoln onwards, JW decided to turn the sketches directly to Graham's team at JAKMS, who prepare both the full score and all the parts directly into Finale from JW's sketches. I think all this was detailed in an interview with Graham here: https://www.finalemusic.com/blog/may-the-fourth-spotlight-on-joann-kane-music/
     
    As for Bill Ross being credited as orchestrator in TFA and TROS, I guess it was JW's decision to have him as a closer helping hand in both occasions (he also did some conducting).
     
     
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Remco in Rare Angela Morley interview (video)   
    From what I understand, up until War Horse, the orchestrator(s) took JW's sketches and prepared the full 32-line handwritten pencil score, and that was then turned to Mark Graham's team at JAKMS, who proof-read everything and prepare the parts.
     
    From Lincoln onwards, JW decided to turn the sketches directly to Graham's team at JAKMS, who prepare both the full score and all the parts directly into Finale from JW's sketches. I think all this was detailed in an interview with Graham here: https://www.finalemusic.com/blog/may-the-fourth-spotlight-on-joann-kane-music/
     
    As for Bill Ross being credited as orchestrator in TFA and TROS, I guess it was JW's decision to have him as a closer helping hand in both occasions (he also did some conducting).
     
     
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    TownerFan got a reaction from luKe17879 in Rare Angela Morley interview (video)   
    Very interesting. She talks also about working with JW (around 36:00) and what an orchestrator does for him. From around 45:00 to 47:00 she talks about arranging source cues for Home Alone and Schindler's List.
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Once in Rare Angela Morley interview (video)   
    Very interesting. She talks also about working with JW (around 36:00) and what an orchestrator does for him. From around 45:00 to 47:00 she talks about arranging source cues for Home Alone and Schindler's List.
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Once in The New Yorker interview with John Williams   
    It’s possibly the best JW interview in years. It truly helps when you have a brilliant writer and excellent music critic who knows his stuff doing the piece.
     
    I’m very glad also to see the work of scholars like Frank and Emilio recognized. Well done, dear friends!
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Falstaft in Rare Angela Morley interview (video)   
    The problem of talking on this specific subject (i.e. what orchestrators do) is that people make assumptions based on scattered information they heard or read somewhere and suddenly pass them as undeniable truths, without actually knowing anything about how these things actually work. What an orchestrator does varies greatly from case to case. There isn't a rulebook about these things. Of course there are many stories about composers whistling stuff to arrangers, or scribbling a lead sheet and then leaving it all to their collaborators, but again a lot of that is usually stuff that's bloated out of proportion.
     
    In the case of JW, I think Morley explains it very well and precisely in this video, right to the point of what is left to the orchestrator to figure out. The definition of the work being "score preparation" and not "orchestration" is probably the best summation you can get. She also went to explain the difference when JW asked her to actually arrange stuff (i.e. the source cues in Schindler's List and the carols in Home Alone 1 and 2).
     
    Really, there is no hidden mystery or closely guarded secret about what orchestrators do for JW.
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Cerebral Cortex in The New Yorker interview with John Williams   
    It’s possibly the best JW interview in years. It truly helps when you have a brilliant writer and excellent music critic who knows his stuff doing the piece.
     
    I’m very glad also to see the work of scholars like Frank and Emilio recognized. Well done, dear friends!
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    TownerFan got a reaction from SteveMc in The New Yorker interview with John Williams   
    It’s possibly the best JW interview in years. It truly helps when you have a brilliant writer and excellent music critic who knows his stuff doing the piece.
     
    I’m very glad also to see the work of scholars like Frank and Emilio recognized. Well done, dear friends!
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    TownerFan got a reaction from crocodile in Rare Angela Morley interview (video)   
    Very interesting. She talks also about working with JW (around 36:00) and what an orchestrator does for him. From around 45:00 to 47:00 she talks about arranging source cues for Home Alone and Schindler's List.
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    TownerFan got a reaction from crumbs in Rare Angela Morley interview (video)   
    Very interesting. She talks also about working with JW (around 36:00) and what an orchestrator does for him. From around 45:00 to 47:00 she talks about arranging source cues for Home Alone and Schindler's List.
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Remco in The New Yorker interview with John Williams   
    It’s possibly the best JW interview in years. It truly helps when you have a brilliant writer and excellent music critic who knows his stuff doing the piece.
     
    I’m very glad also to see the work of scholars like Frank and Emilio recognized. Well done, dear friends!
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Falstaft in The New Yorker interview with John Williams   
    It’s possibly the best JW interview in years. It truly helps when you have a brilliant writer and excellent music critic who knows his stuff doing the piece.
     
    I’m very glad also to see the work of scholars like Frank and Emilio recognized. Well done, dear friends!
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Miguel Andrade in The New Yorker interview with John Williams   
    It’s possibly the best JW interview in years. It truly helps when you have a brilliant writer and excellent music critic who knows his stuff doing the piece.
     
    I’m very glad also to see the work of scholars like Frank and Emilio recognized. Well done, dear friends!
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    TownerFan got a reaction from ChrisAfonso in The New Yorker interview with John Williams   
    It’s possibly the best JW interview in years. It truly helps when you have a brilliant writer and excellent music critic who knows his stuff doing the piece.
     
    I’m very glad also to see the work of scholars like Frank and Emilio recognized. Well done, dear friends!
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Madmartigan JC in Rare Angela Morley interview (video)   
    Very interesting. She talks also about working with JW (around 36:00) and what an orchestrator does for him. From around 45:00 to 47:00 she talks about arranging source cues for Home Alone and Schindler's List.
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