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Hi group. According to my discography, here are the most recorded JW concert works (including his own versions).

 

Please tell me if I something is missing, thanks!

 

Liberty Fanfare - 22 listed recordings in the discography

1986 Hail To The Spirit Of Liberty ("The President's Own" United States Marine Band/Bourgeois)

1987 By Request… (John Williams/Boston Pops)

1987 United States Air Force Tactical Air Command Band: We The People (Welsh, United States Air Force Tactical Air Command Band/Graham)

1988 American Jubilee (Erich Kunzel/Cincinnati Pops O)

1989 Bridge Of Freedom: A commemoration Of The 40th Anniversary Of The Berlin Airlift 1949-1989 (Cronkie, The Band Of The United States Air Forces In Europe/Jessop)

1989 United States Air Force Band and Singing Sergeants: The Last Full Measure of Devotion (United States Air Force Singing Sergeants, United States Air Force Band/Bonner)

1990 The Best Of John Williams (Philharmonic Rock O/Hayman)

1997 America, the Dream Goes on (Andrew Lane/Orlando Pops)

1998 Victory At Sea (United States Navy Band)

1999 A Splash Of Pops (Keith Lockhart/Boston Pops Orchestra)

2001 A Patriotic Salute To The Military Family

2001 London International Tattoo 2000 (Vladimir Yaskevich)

2001 American Classics - An American Salute - Spirit Of The Nation

2007 Liberty For All! (Lewis J. Buckley/United States Coast Guard Band)

2008 Ceremonial Music 2 (United States Air Force Heritage Of America Band)

2009 United States Navy Band: Showcase (United States Navy Band/Field)

2010 2009 Midwest Clinic: Symphonic Wind Orchestra "la Armonica" (Frank De Vuyst)

2012 John Williams: Greatest Hits (Evan Christ)

2014 Winds of War and Peace (National S Winds/Graham)

2014 2014 Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA): All-State Concert Band & All-State Symphonic Band (Florida All-State Women's Ch., Florida All-State Concert Band/Nix, Florida All-State S Band/Dunnigan)

2016 2016 Illinois Music Educators Association (ILMEA): Honors Band & All-State Band [Live] (Illinois Honors Band, Illinois All-State Ch., Illinois Combined Honors Ens., Illinois All-State Band, Illinois Combined All-State Ens., Linda Moorhouse, John Bell)

2017 2016 Midwest Clinic: Tokyo Geidai Wind Orchestra (Tokyo Geidai Wind Orchestra/Yamamoto); Arrangement for Wind Ensemble

 

Summon the Heroes - 14 listed recordings in the discography

1996 Summon the Heroes (John Williams/Boston Pops) (same recording on American Journey [John Williams/Boston Pops], 2002)

2000 Waterloo (Capt. R. Wayne Hopla/The King's Division Waterloo Band)

2002 Summon The Heroes (Capt. J.R. Young/Royal Lancers Band)

2006 United States Air Force Band of Mid-America: Heroes, Lost and Fallen (United States Air Force Band of Mid-America/Pohl)

2006 John Williams (Klavier, K 77038; Denver Brass)

2008 Call To Duty (Finley R. Hamilton /United States Army Field Band & Soldiers' Chorus)

2008 From Sea To Shining Sea (Dana Rodgers, Charles Osgood, James Burchfiel, Timothy Morrison)

2010 Pershing's Own (United States Army Band "Pershing's Own")

2011 Stength Of The Nation (United States Army Field Band)

2011 Summon The Heroes (Band Of H.m. Royal Marines)

2011 Chimes Of Liberty (Truman W. Crawford/United States Marine Drum & Bugle Corps)

2012 United States Army Concert Band: Carnival (United States Army Concert Band/Shelburne Jr., Lamb)

2013 Take One (Vienna Brass Connection)

2015 John Williams For Winds – Music for Cinema and Beyond (The United States Coast Guard Band, Captain Kenneth W. Megan) (Free Audio Streaming)

 

Olympic Fanfare and Theme - 12 listed recordings in the discography

1984 The Official Music of the 1984 Games /The Official Music of the XIII Olympiad (Vinyl only) (Original Recording) (John Williams/Los Angeles studio orchestra)

1987 By Request… (John Williams/Boston Pops)

1990 Pomp & Pizazz (Erich Kunzel/Cincinnati Pops O)

1996 Summon the Heroes (John Williams/Boston Pops) – Includes Leo Arnaud's ‘Bugler's Dream’ Fanfare

1998 World Anthems (Garcia, English Chamber O/Fraser)

2002 The Dream Goes On (Ralph M. Gambone/United States Navy Band & Sea Chanters Chorus)

2002 Canadian Scottish Regiment Pipes and Drums / Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band: Canadian Bagpipes and American Brass (United States Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band, Canadian Scottish Regiment Pipes and Drums)

2004 Gomalan Brass Quintet

2014 Center Stage (National S Winds/Graham)

2015 A John Williams Celebration (Gustavo Dudamel/Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra) (DVD & Blu-ray)

2016 Beecher Variations (Buffalo Silver Band, Bill Cocca)

2018 John Williams: At The Movies (Dallas Winds, Jerry Junkin)


Escapades, concerto for alto saxophone & orchestra - 8 listed recordings in the discography

2009 American Spectrum (Branford Marsalis and the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra conducted by Grant Llewellyn)

2011 Our Musical Legacy (USAF Band of the Golden West/Bland, Martin)

2013 Intrinsic Versatility (Miles Osland, Clarinet; Miles Osland, Flute; Vince DiMartino, Flugelhorn; Vince DiMartino, Trumpet); Raleigh Dailey, Piano); Miles Osland, Saxophone)

2013 Catch Me If You Can (Amy Dickson, Saxophone)

2013 Escapades (Jan Schulte-Bunert, Saxophone)

2015 John Williams For Winds – Music for Cinema and Beyond (The United States Coast Guard Band, Captain Kenneth W. Megan) (Free Audio Streaming)

2015 A John Williams Celebration (Gustavo Dudamel/Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra) (DVD & Blu-ray)

2017 The Spielberg/Williams Collaboration Part III (Williams/Recording Arts O of LA)

 

Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra - 7 listed recordings in the discography

2002 20th Century Concerti (David Snell/Foundation Philharmonic)

2004 New Music from Bowling Green, Vol. 3 (Emily Freeman Brown/Bowling Green Philharmonia)

2005 Works for Bass Trombone (As 'Concerto for Bass Trombone' [Reworked Version]) (Charles Vernon, Bass trombone/Eric Ewazen, piano)

2008 20th Century Tuba Concertos (Oysten Baadsvik/Singapore Symphony Orchestra)

2014 On the Way: Works for Tuba (Andreas Martin Hofmeir/Münchner Philharmoniker/Andrew Manze)

2016 Mr. Tuba (Setsuko Ohori, Shimpei Tsugita, Tomohiro Nishikubo, Eijiro Nakagawa, Susumu Ogino)

2017 New York Philharmonic - 175th anniversary - 2016/17 Season (New York Philh./Alan Gilbert)

 

A Hymn to New England - 6 listed recordings in the discography

1997  American Visions (Keith Lockhart/Boston Pops)
2001 2000 Midwest Clinic ( Charles T. Menghini/Vandercook College Of Music Symphonic Band)
2002 American Journey (John Williams/Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles)

2006 John Williams (Klavier, K 77038; Denver Brass)
2015 John Williams For Winds – Music for Cinema and Beyond (The United States Coast Guard Band, Captain Kenneth W. Megan) (Free Audio Streaming)

2017 Journeys (The United States Air Force Band/Lang)

 

Fanfare "For the President's Own" - 6 listed recordings in the discography

2013 "For 'The President's Own'" (The President's Own/John Williams); Digital Release
2014 Be Glad Then, America (United States Marine Band)
2016 American Voices (The US Air Force Concert Band)

2017 Inventions (North Texas Wind Symphony/Corporon)
2017 2016 Midwest Clinic: "The President's Own" United States Marine Band – Concert One (United States Marine Band/Fettig, Foley, Colburn)
2017 2017 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA): University of Texas at Arlington Wind Symphony (University of Texas Arlington Wind Symphony/Stotter, Evans

 

America, The Dream Goes on - 6 listed recordings in the discography

1990 America, the Dream Goes on (Andrew Lane/Orlando Pops) (same recording on John Williams, the Dream Goes on [Andrew Lane/Orlando Pops], 1997)

2001 American Classics (John Williams/Boston Pops)

2002 The Dream Goes On (Ralph M. Gambone/United States Navy Band & Sea Chanters Chorus)

2008 United States Air Force Band of Mid-America: Infinite Horizons (United States Air Force Band of Mid-America/Jones)

2009 Let Freedom Sing! - An Independence Celebration (Steve Cramer)

2009 Encore Collection - The Many Sounds Of The Mormon Tabernacle Choir (Craig Jessop)


Sound the Bells! - 5 listed recordings in the discography

2002 American Journey (John Williams/Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles)

2011 Sound the Bells! – American Premières for Brass (Original Version for Brass and Percussion) (Alasdair Neale/The Bay Brass)

2011 Sound The Bells - A Holiday Celebration (United States Army Field Band)

2016 2016 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA): Aledo High School Wind Ensemble (Live) (Aledo High School Wind Ens., Joey Paul, Jolette Wine, Keith Bearden, Olivia Ramirez, Jake Albin)

2016 2016 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA): All-State Wind Ensemble & All-State Concert Band [Live] (Pennsylvania All-State Wind Ens., Pennsylvania All-State Concert Band, Emily Threinen, Shannon Kitelinger)

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Williams_discography#Concert_works

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Many of those shorter works recordings are band arrangements and not the original version.

I believe that of the longer works, the Tuba Concerto is indeed the most recorded, and there are at least two other comercial recordings of that one not listed on your post.

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Escapades, concerto for alto saxophone & orchestra - 5 known recordings

Maybe I'm the only one, but I've never considered this a concert work per se. More like an adaptation of CATCH ME IF YOU CAN.

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Summon the Heroes - 12 known recordings

1996 Summon the Heroes (John Williams/Boston Pops)

2000 Waterloo (Capt. R. Wayne Hopla/The King's Division Waterloo Band)

2002 American Journey (John Williams/Boston Pops)

America, The Dream Goes on - 6 known recordings

1990 America, the Dream Goes on (Andrew Lane/Orlando Pops)

1997 John Williams, the Dream Goes on (Andrew Lane/Orlando Pops)

The entries I bolded are the same exact recording... why duplicate them just because they were released on more than on one CD?

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Summon the Heroes - 12 known recordings

1996 Summon the Heroes (John Williams/Boston Pops)

2002 American Journey (John Williams/Boston Pops)

This is the exact same recording. American Journey had a bunch of repeats on it.

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Escapades, concerto for alto saxophone & orchestra - 5 known recordings

Maybe I'm the only one, but I've never considered this a concert work per se. More like an adaptation of CATCH ME IF YOU CAN.

For me it's a true concert work with three distinct movements and each has his name. It's indeed an adaptation of the score, but meant to be played in concerts.

  • I. Closing In
  • II. Reflections
  • III. Joy Ride

Summon the Heroes - 12 known recordings

1996 Summon the Heroes (John Williams/Boston Pops)

2000 Waterloo (Capt. R. Wayne Hopla/The King's Division Waterloo Band)

2002 American Journey (John Williams/Boston Pops)

America, The Dream Goes on - 6 known recordings

1990 America, the Dream Goes on (Andrew Lane/Orlando Pops)

1997 John Williams, the Dream Goes on (Andrew Lane/Orlando Pops)

The entries I bolded are the same exact recording... why duplicate them just because they were released on more than on one CD?

Thanks Miguel, I corrected the main post and combined those entries in the wiki disco.

I believe that of the longer works, the Tuba Concerto is indeed the most recorded, and there are at least two other comercial recordings of that one not listed on your post.

I don't find any others on prestoclassical.co.uk, what are your sources?

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For me it's a true concert work with three distinct movements and each has his name. It's indeed an adaptation of the score, but meant to be played in concerts.

  • I. Closing In
  • II. Reflections
  • III. Joy Ride

That's fine. I know that many people count adaptations of this kind as "proper" concert works (like, say, Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kijé suite). Personally, I see it as a separate thing altogether -- an extension of the score -- and instead require complete originality when I list concert works.

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That's fine. I know that many people count adaptations of this kind as "proper" concert works (like, say, Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kijé suite). Personally, I see it as a separate thing altogether -- an extension of the score -- and instead require complete originality when I list concert works.

Finally, you have your own conception of 'Concert works', your own conception of a 'Discography', that's a lot of concepts! ;)

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I believe that of the longer works, the Tuba Concerto is indeed the most recorded, and there are at least two other comercial recordings of that one not listed on your post.

I don't find any others on prestoclassical.co.uk, what are your sources?

My own collection :)

But I need to be home to let you know... I'll check it tonight ;)

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The list in the first post has been updated.

 

Olympic Fanfare is now in third position!

 

Here is the current Top 3 :

 

1. Liberty Fanfare

2. Summon the Heroes

3. Olympic Fanfare and Theme

 

"Sound the Bells" is pushing hard, it has now entered the race!

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5 minutes ago, Miguel Andrade said:

Though some of those recordings are arrangements for band, right?

 

Indeed, when you see a piece recorded by a Wind ensemble, you can expect there is no strings in the arrangement! ;-)

 

I'm currently working on another update, new albums that I found on prestoclassical, but it may not change the ranking a lot.

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5 hours ago, Bespin said:

 

Indeed, when you see a piece recorded by a Wind ensemble, you can expect there is no strings in the arrangement! ;-)

 

I'm currently working on another update, new albums that I found on prestoclassical, but it may not change the ranking a lot.

 

My point is that those recordings aren't of the actual work but rather of an arrangement done by someone else either than the composer. Granted, many of those arrangements are quite faithful to the original, and in some cases, done with the approval of Williams himself... I just don't place them side by side on my own private arrangement of the discography of Williams compositions. I actually think I have much more recordings of Liberty Fanfare, Olympic Fanfare and Summon the Heroes in their band incarnation than the actual orchestral one as written by Williams.

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22 hours ago, Bespin said:

 

 

1. Liberty Fanfare

 

One of my favorite recordings is by the US Marine Band from the mid-80s.  Although it is a truncated arrangement, only playing the first 2 minutes of the piece.  But still they may have been one of the first ensembles to record it actually:

 

https://www.discogs.com/The-Presidents-Own-United-States-Marine-Band-Hail-To-The-Spirit-Of-Liberty/release/7573915

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32 minutes ago, Disco Stu said:

 

One of my favorite recordings is by the US Marine Band from the mid-80s.  Although it is a truncated arrangement, only playing the first 2 minutes of the piece.  But still they may have been one of the first ensembles to record it actually:

 

https://www.discogs.com/The-Presidents-Own-United-States-Marine-Band-Hail-To-The-Spirit-Of-Liberty/release/7573915

 

A promo LP, ok, why not!

 

Added to the website! Thanks!

 

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For Liberty Fanfare, this entry:

 

"2011 United States Air Force Tactical Air Command Band: We The People (Welsh, United States Air Force Tactical Air Command Band/Graham)"

 

Change the date to 1987.

 

Also, for the 2011 Air Force Band and Singing Sergeants album "Last Full Measure," change the date to 1989.

 

 

For this entry:

 

"2008 Ceremonial Music (United States Air Force Heritage Of America Band)"

 

Technically this album was "Ceremonial Music 2" and if you want to leave it there that's OK, but it was only 0:25" of fanfare snippets from the whole thing. 

 

 

 

For Summon the Heroes, this entry:

 

"2011 United States Air Force Band of Mid-America: Heroes, Lost and Fallen (United States Air Force Band of Mid-America, Shades of Blue Jazz Ens./Pohl)"

 

Remove that bit about the Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble. That wasn't a jazz band album. 

 

 

For Escapades, add this entry:

 

2011 Our Musical Legacy, USAF Band of the Golden West, conductors Bland/Martin 

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3 hours ago, airmanjerm said:

For Liberty Fanfare, this entry:

 

"2011 United States Air Force Tactical Air Command Band: We The People (Welsh, United States Air Force Tactical Air Command Band/Graham)"

 

Change the date to 1987.

 

Also, for the 2011 Air Force Band and Singing Sergeants album "Last Full Measure," change the date to 1989.

 

 

For this entry:

 

"2008 Ceremonial Music (United States Air Force Heritage Of America Band)"

 

Technically this album was "Ceremonial Music 2" and if you want to leave it there that's OK, but it was only 0:25" of fanfare snippets from the whole thing. 

 

 

 

For Summon the Heroes, this entry:

 

"2011 United States Air Force Band of Mid-America: Heroes, Lost and Fallen (United States Air Force Band of Mid-America, Shades of Blue Jazz Ens./Pohl)"

 

Remove that bit about the Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble. That wasn't a jazz band album. 

 

 

For Escapades, add this entry:

 

2011 Our Musical Legacy, USAF Band of the Golden West, conductors Bland/Martin 

 

That's always hard for me when I add those entries to know if it's the original releases or reissues!

 

Thanks!

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Yeah the military band recordings get some weird reissues from the Altissimo label, we've tried to mitigate the nonsense but it's still an ordeal. That's the reason an album released in 1987 can have a release date of 2011 on some lists. 

 

For what it's worth though, we almost never have reissues. The only examples or cases I can think of is some of the ceremonial music releases and those really aren't intended for anything other than other military units to use for ceremonies. 

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In fact, i have created two playlists on Spotify for the concert works.

 

The first one containing the all the latest recordings (no doubles):

 

John Williams - The Concert Works

 

 

Then, a second one called "Best of the concert works", it contains some versions that are not on the previous list (again, no double).

 

 

Enjoy! :lol:

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The first post of this thread as been updated with a new recording of Liberty Fanfare and new 5th and 6th recordings of the piece Fanfare "For the President's Own".

 

There's also a new recording of the Trumpet Concerto (arr. for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble):

 

2016 Midwest Clinic: "The President's Own" United States Marine Band – Concert One (United States Marine Band/Fettig, Foley, Colburn); Arrangement for Trumpet & Wind Ensemble

 

The Wikipedia article has been updated too, my website will be updated next week-end.

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A new recording of the tuba concerto, seems a digital release only.

 

2017 New York Philharmonic - 175th anniversary - 2016/17 Season (New York Philh./Alan Gilbert)

 

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https://www.amazon.com/Schumann-John-Williams-York-Philharmonic/dp/B0743L6BB7/ref=sr_1_3?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1507304889&sr=1-3&keywords="John+Williams"&refinements=p_n_feature_browse-bin%3A625150011

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A brand new recording of The Olympic Fanfare and Theme by Dallas Winds.

 

2018 John Williams: At The Movies (Dallas Winds, Jerry Junkin)

 

Did you know you can sort the table in the Wikipedia article to get quickly the most recent re-recordings of concert works?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Williams_discography#Concert_works

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Gotta be honest, I'm not really interested in the recordings where JW himself wasn't personally involved.

 

Maybe I'll take a listen to them online if that's possible, but I'll never buy them.

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