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E.T.'s Finale - Spectacular fireworks show from the Eiffer Tower


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This year's French National Day celebration in Paris ended with John Williams' Finale from E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, as the culmination of an amazing fireworks show from the Eiffel Tower. More than half a million people attended the nearly 3 hour concert and fireworks show, which included a repertoire of classical, opera, pop, and film music.

Watch the E.T. Finale here:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2y0uoj_feu-d-artifice-du-14-juillet-2015-le-final_tv

Full show:

http://www.france2.fr/emission/le-concert-de-paris/diffusion-du-14-07-2015-20h56

The 'Skyfall' song can be found at 2:15:40.

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I don't know of a "loud" ending with more emotional impact as this one (maybe except Mahler's 2nd and 8th), so cheers to the French for the excellent selection!

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The John Williams subforum has turned any news regarding this composer into a niche event.

All the news are available on the main page, so the JW subforum has nothing to do with people not visiting it.

Anyway...

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The day some terrorist will destroy The Eiffel Tower, it will be exactly the same, minus the music.

I had been in the parterre just in front of the tower, I would have been terribly afraid it collapse!

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I only saw this just now. I am nigh speechless. Astounding!

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I think the alternate original version of The Departure is underrated, though. The oboe (or clarinet?) playing E.T.'s theme is just glorious, especially on the Kunzel Star Tracks version.

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The John Williams subforum has turned any news regarding this composer into a niche event, safely tucked away so people wont be distracted by it.

Williams became a niche composer long before the creation of the subforum.

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I cried... there, I said it !!!

Edit: by the way, I know people applauded and everything, but did they there hear any music at all? I mean, with all those fireworks and everything...

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I cried... there, I said it !!!

Don't tell me you think you're the only one ;)

BTW here's the Star Wars theme performed by the Orchestre National de France at the concert that preceded the fireworks:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x21ibg5_le-concert-de-paris-star-wars-theme-principal_tv

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Impressive fireworks show, to say the least. Excellent music choice. :) Has the E.T. finale music been used like this before?

That performance of the Star Wars Main Theme is from last year's event.

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I cried... there, I said it !!!

Don't tell me you think you're the only one ;)

♪Boys don't cry♪

Has the E.T. finale music been used like this before?

Using original film recordings? I doubt it. Let's hope Spielberg isn't thinking about re-editing the film's original end sequence and replace with this video... :o

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That was absolutely breathtaking. I can't even begin to imagine what it would've been like to be there.

I cried... there, I said it !!!

JW's finest musical moment, set to a visual display like that? It's enough to bring the most green-blooded Vulcan to tears.

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That was absolutely wonderful. I would have absolutely loved to have seen that in person. C'mon America you're slacking.

Anyone find that choosing the Finale to E.T. an interesting choice to celebrate (what I believe was) France's Independence Day?

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Anyone find that choosing the Finale to E.T. an interesting choice to celebrate (what I believe was) France's Independence Day?

E.T. is obviously French in the minds of the nation. ;)

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That was absolutely wonderful. I would have absolutely loved to have seen that in person. C'mon America you're slacking.

As far as film music goes, for a fireworks display I think les Américains would sooner play The Patriot, which is fine in my book. The concert suite is fantastic.

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That was absolutely wonderful. I would have absolutely loved to have seen that in person. C'mon America you're slacking.

As far as film music goes, for a fireworks display I think les Américains would sooner play The Patriot, which is fine in my book. The concert suite is fantastic.

I wish Mark O'Connor was featured throughout the score and not just in the suite.

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