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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 igger6 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 reacted to Falstaft in The New Yorker interview with John Williams   
    I'm as floored as the rest of you! I knew from social media that Alex Ross had chatted w/ JW back in February, but had no idea about the content of their interview, or that the maestro himself apparently leafed through my catalogue. 
     
    I can't imagine the "online fan sites" Ross says Williams is "delighted" by could be anything other than JWfan. It means a lot, even in just this small way, to know that JW is aware of all the passion and interest his music has inspired in this little community.
     
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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 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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    TownerFan got a reaction from Molly Weasley 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 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 Pawel P. 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 Incanus 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 Bayesian 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 Incanus in The Legacy of John Williams - New Blog on JW   
    https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2020/06/24/ben-palmer-podcast/
     
    Hope you'll like it, guys. It's quite a long and insightful conversation.
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Holko in John Williams & the Vienna Philharmonic: January 18/19 2020 w/ CD & Blu-ray coming August 14 2020   
    The bluray will feature the full concert (19 tracks), don't worry
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Pawel P. in John Williams & the Vienna Philharmonic: January 18/19 2020 w/ CD & Blu-ray coming August 14 2020   
    The bluray will feature the full concert (19 tracks), don't worry
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    TownerFan got a reaction from Jay in JW Less Performed Music   
    When JW became Pops' principal conductor, he wisely decided to remain faithful to the traditon of the Pops concert programming, a.k.a. the three-act program that defined the Boston Pops standard. Williams started to put some of his own pieces into the programs (usually as part of the "showbusiness" third act of the concerts) since the very beginning of his tenure, but he was clever enough to avoid putting the spotlght on himself, so he did it very carefully and only seldomly. Some of the audience though came to the concerts and expected tos ee him conducting Star Wars and the likes, so he had to find a balance without taking anything away from the prestige post he was occupying. Once he gained more confidence (and also became more and more a reason of attraction for the very severe Bostonian audience), more of his own film pieces became part of the Pops standard, but he also started to write more music for the orchestra (for example the Tuba Concerto, written for the Pops principal tuba Chester Schmitz). Nonetheless, Williams avoided the Pops to become "the John Williams show", showing an immense respect to the orchestra's history and legacy.
     
    From what I know, the now traditional "John Williams' Film Night" began in the late 1990s, when the Pops continued to use his starpower to bring a wider audience and Williams became more active as a conductor of his own music in concert. However, Williams programmed a few film night-type of concerts during his tenure at the Pops--in 1981 he brought Lionel Newman to conduct a full concert devoted to Hollywood's golden age scores; Marvin Hamlisch appeared several times throughout the JW years as guest conductor performing selections from his popular film works such as The Way We Were and A Chorus Line; Michael Kamen conducted a full film music concert that included a suite from Robin Hood Prince of Thieves and a couple of Williams' pieces.
     
    As for performing his lesser-known works more often, it's my belief that Williams simply has preferences over his own works, as we all do, and that's it. Despite how highly we might think of some of his more obscure output, he's sensitive enought to avoid using his starpower to put the audience in front of something that might not be received as well as, let's say, the Raiders March, or the Cowboys Overture. Like every artist connected to his audience, Williams is sensitive about how they feel and react. Of course we also know the man is humble to the point of being almost self-deprecating, but as I said several other times, i think it's duty of the next generation of conductors and musicians to shed a light into his lesser-known scores. It bodes well that fellow conductors like Keith Lockhart and Richard Kaufman have been able to convince him to dust off the occasional hidden gem.
     
    Williams conducted "Hell's Kitchen" from Sleepers also at Tanglewood in the summer of 1996.
     
    Lockhart conducted "The Turbulent Years" from Nixon throughout the whole 2019 Pops season, including the annual "John Williams Film Night" (the composer didn't attend last year)
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    TownerFan got a reaction from din_zav in R. I. P. Ennio Morricone   
    I've been distraught for most of the day. Cannot listen to any of his music without feeling overwhelmed at the moment. I jotted down a personal homage on The Legacy of John Williams website, I hope it makes some sense:
     
    https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2020/07/06/rip-ennio-morricone/
     
    Btw, here in Italy is basically a mourning day. He was loved by literally everyone.
     
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