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Never had any particular interest in autographs, but I DO have one for John Williams. It was given to me about 12 years ago, from an autograph collector here in Norway. I still haven't put it in a fitting frame!

 

 

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4 minutes ago, Thor said:

Never had any particular interest in autographs, but I DO have one for John Williams. It was given to me about 12 years ago, from an autograph collector here in Norway. I still haven't put it in a fitting frame!

 

 

Just get a cheap passepartout at Clas Ohlson and it'll look fine.

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8 hours ago, The Five Tones said:

I'd just started working in a small classical CD boutique in Toronto in summer 1993, when Williams walked in alone. He asked for the Vaughan Williams section (lol), specifically wanting a good version of The Lark Ascending. I'm not sure what he wanted to do with it, review some of the elder's composing technique or demonstrate some idea to someone on his team. He said he was in town scoping out the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir for possible work on a score he was doing with Spielberg. Someone out there might be able to confirm some of the chronology concerning the score work for Schindler's. It seems late for him to still be considering who would record the choral segments, but there you go. Obviously with the VW CD he had writing for solo violin and orchestra top of mind.

My encounter with Williams wasn't at a concert but during the day, just the two of us in the store, him dressed *almost* casually, chatting while he wasn't in a rush. Getting to let him know how much I'd paid attention to his work and how CE3K was my all time fav was of course rewarding, memorable, etc. Little did I know this was the big year it would be for him. We had a small number of JW titles on hand including JP, but I chose something from the delete rack for him to sign - cheeky of me. I explained how my dad and I had shared listening to Pops on the March and watched many of the concert broadcasts, so it seemed appropriate. It also saved another piece of cutout stock, and how.

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Williams did worked on Schindler's List during the summer, and the choral passages were indeed recorded in Canada, so it fits the chronology.

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He didn't end up using the Toronto choir, but doubtless there were connections here to the singers he did use, and fewer hurdles around immigration and unions to bring in musicians from Israel or wherever, not to mention cheaper recording rates and tax breaks for the production.

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On 01/06/2018 at 1:09 PM, The Five Tones said:

He didn't end up using the Toronto choir, but doubtless there were connections here to the singers he did use, and fewer hurdles around immigration and unions to bring in musicians from Israel or wherever, not to mention cheaper recording rates and tax breaks for the production.

 

Choir recordings was done in Canada. The Israel choir used is from the previously recorded material included on the soundtrack album.

 

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JOHN WILLIAMS, SCHINDLER’S LIST

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Deb Fleming & John Williams

Debbie was asked to help co-ordinate fifty singers from the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir to provide vocals for the soundtrack of this blockbuster movie. Recorded with famed John Williams at the newly opened Glen Gould Studio at CBC, circumstances were less than perfect for the singers. Mr. Williams had brought a tape of the orchestral tracks with him, but because the studio at that time owned only 4 sets of headphones, it was necessary for most of the singers to sing a cappella to William’s conducting, while four section leads had the luxury of using the phones. Although John Williams was clearly distressed by these difficult circumstances, the resulting track was breathtakingly beautiful. Disappointingly, The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir never was given acknowlegement for their performance in this movie, as the credits had already been finalized before Williams recorded in Toronto.

http://debbiefleming.ca/about-deb/deb-the-contractor/

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4 hours ago, Miguel Andrade said:

 

Choir recordings was done in Canada. The Israel choir used is from the previously recorded material included on the soundtrack album.

 

http://debbiefleming.ca/about-deb/deb-the-contractor/

Can we decipher which cue was performed with them? since there a few on the album. Thanks.

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On 6/2/2018 at 10:59 AM, Miguel Andrade said:

Choir recordings was done in Canada. The Israel choir used is from the previously recorded material included on the soundtrack album.

 

On 6/2/2018 at 6:19 PM, Miguel Andrade said:

Immolation Scene. If memory serves, the rest of the choir music is pre-recorded music, not composed nor conducted by Williams.

That is wonderful Miguel, thanks for clearing all that up for me (us)! I had heard people say the TMC was in the film and doubted it, but never knew the whole story. The funny thing for me is that I once interviewed that singer/contractor Debbie Fleming on my old radio show in the 90s. She may have told me the story off air and I forgot it or misunderstood the anecdote. Looking at the date of the photo (93 '10) it's possible or even likely my encounter with Williams was actually in October not the summer. His signature is about the only memory I can rely on!

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Has been quite rewarding getting JW's autograph but can be frustrating travelling around the globe to

different cities like the U.S.A attending his concerts with the chance of....! Expensive hobby!

 

 

 

 

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