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Pittsburgh Symphony Trombonist Releases Star Wars Album James Nova, trombonist in the Pittsburgh Symphony orchestra, has released a new album for trombone choir, A Fall from Light to Dark. Through the chosen moments of John Williams’ masterful scores, this album musically chronicles the rise and descent of Anakin Skywalker as he transforms into Darth Vader. Jim has had a lifelong love of John Williams’ film scores since his Dad took him and his brother to see The Empire Strikes Back in the theater. Throughout his career he has performed and recorded with John Williams on several occasions, with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the Boston Pops as well as the Utah Symphony. In 2012, Jim was preparing for another season with the Pittsburgh Symphony and thought a fun way to get into shape would be to overdub (or “Novadub”) one of his John Williams trombone choir transcriptions. He chose his transcription of the Superman March as his first effort. He posted it on SoundCloud. Fast forward to now and his SoundCloud page has passed 600,000 listens! He decided it was time to make an actual commercial album and set out learning the art of mixing and mastering, which brings him to this project: A Fall from Light to Dark. Some of you may think, “trombone choir?” Trombone choir is a rich and varied color ensemble capable of powerful, crushing, devastating and also tender, introspective, delicate moments. This album demonstrates the power of John Williams’ scores and how they translate so well to this medium. All transcriptions, playing, recording, editing, mixing and mastering by James Nova. To hear some clips and learn more about Jim, visit jimnova.com
I recently read an article about the secrecy surrounding Vader being Luke's father during the production of TESB. When recording the famous hand-chopping scene, David Prowse's line was altered to keep it a secret. What do you think the line was, without resorting to googling?
Star Wars actor Richard LeParmentier dies aged 66... 35 years after he was choked by Darth Vader http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2310111/Star-Wars-actor-Richard-LeParmentier-dies-aged-66--35-years-choked-Darth-Vader.html Fun facts: He was born in Pittsburgh in 1946, moved to the UK in 1974, and was married to Sarah Douglas (Ursa) from 1981 to 1984. He had a cameo as a reporter in what the article claims as being Superman II. He was also in Octopussy. RIP. Thanks for the iconic scene!