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I just got back from the Hollywood Bowl, where John Williams was rehearsing with the orchestra. The only real surprise was a new arrangement of "Scherzo for Motorcycle and Orchestra". This must have been an encore piece since it was not listed on the program. It's different than the album recording and the Boston Pops recording. It's now one of those Williams concert works that never seems to end, like "The Forest Battle" or "Parade of the Slave Children". There were other differences in orchestration as well.

I won't be going back for the concert tonight or tomorrow, but maybe some handy YouTuber will.

Neil

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Hmm, according to the review on the main page, this was the program (no "Scherzo."):

John opened with the National Anthem, played gloriously, and then segued immediately into three Olympics pieces: Bugler's Dream/Olympic Fanfare and Theme; A Song for World Peace; and Olympic Spirit, accompanied by clips from Olympic Games from Athens and backward (nothing from Beijing).

Then, he brought out new and old favorites:

Excerpts from Close Encounters of the Third Kind (with re-edited films clips)

"Flight to Neverland" from Hook

Three PIeces from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull:

-The Adventures of Mutt

-Irina's Theme (with film clips from dozens of old movies...the theme? - Smoky, myterious and dangerous women of cinema)

-The Raider's March (with Indy scenes throughout)

Intermission

"Hooray for Hollywood"

A Tribute to the Films of Stanley Donen

-"You're all the World to Me" from Royal Wedding (with film)

-"Bless Your Beautiful Hide" from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

-"I Like Myself" from It's Always Fair Weather

-"The Worry Song" from Anchors Aweigh

-"Singin' in the Rain" from Singin' in the Rain

Theme from Sabrina

A Tribute to George Lucas and Steven Spielberg

-Jaws - Star Wars - Raiders of the Lost Ark - E.T. the Extraterrestrial

THREE ENCORES

Imperial March

Marion's Theme

Theme from Superman

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Hmm, according to the review on the main page, this was the program (no "Scherzo."):

I did indicate that it was not on the program. And Williams has been known to do different encores on different evenings. I haven't seen a review yet of Saturday's concert. Perhaps it was performed there.

I hope I've proven to be a pretty reliable source in the past.

Neil

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My guess is that he wanted to try out his new arrangement with a real orchestra (what a better chance to get your own music played by a world-class orchestra and... for free?). He did the same in the Tanglewood concerts (they rehearsed the scherzo but didn't play it in the concert).

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Is anyone else but me baffled by the crowd reaction to the Star Wars main title in the YouTube video? I think it's really really scary.

Not to mention that I find it rude to other audience members who just want to listen to the music.

This isn't a pop concert, or is it?

That's the general reaction to the theme when he plays it at the Bowl. The gift shop even sells toy lightsabers. I'm reminded of Triumph the Insult Comic Dogs line about it looking like "a nerd circle jerk".

Neil

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That much is certain.

Oh, and by the way, the way the Jaws motif leads into the Star Wars main title is spectacular!

I can say that one of the greatest concert experiences of my life was the first time that, as an encore, he just busted out the Main Title from Star Wars, the crowd exploded, then shut up, and it wasn't part of a medley but was performed exactly as it was on the original soundtrack release. The whole freakin' kitchen sink.

I also remember it because, no joke, at about the same time that the Star Destroyer would've crawled overhead in the film, some numbskull in an airplane flew overhead, close enough to be heard on my crappy bootleg later!

This year was the first concert in quite a while that I missed. Just not into Hollywood musicals.

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Hi everybody !

First of all, excuse me for my bad english !

I just want to say that I've got the new arrangement of cherzo For Motorcycle and Orchestra in mp3 on my computer !

In fact, It isn't a new arrangement, because this arrangement what recorded in 1999. Time : 2.50 min

The original soundtrack is 3.53 minutes long...

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He doesn't do such things (I'm sure he's not even aware of the existence of something like iTunes), the publishers/distributors do.

well wasn't this Geisha stuff (Playing live at Jay Leno, Itunes etc.) just a big load of Johnny Williams Academy Award Advertisment??

And yet Yo-Yo Ma got the bulk of the credit on Leno (and was probably the reason why it ended up on iTunes).

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In fact, It isn't a new arrangement, because this arrangement what recorded in 1999. Time : 2.50 min

That recording is from the 1991 album "The Spielberg/Williams Collaboration". This new arrangement runs longer than that recording.

Neil

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It might be that John did a few changes and wanted to hear them. He listened to his changes at Tanglewood, maybe redid some of them and listened to them again at the Hollywood Bowl.

Well, if that's all he wanted to do, he wouldn't have had to actually perform them during the concerts. One or two run-throughs at the rehearsal would have been enough.

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