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Hi all! This is Tom Hooten. Thanks for sharing on the project! For those upset that the $50 is a lot for a CD, the premise is more as a tax deductible donation to help fund the project, and the signed

It was an f’ing awesome day!!!    

Makes perfect sense. Those complaining simply didn't understand that.

 

A couple of questions if you don't mind: When is the recording date?

 

Will Williams be revising Born on the 4th at all? Sometimes he tinkers with his arrangements. Not that his earlier ones aren't great^

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As a trumpet player who worked on the JW concerto (unfortunately my orchestra, symphony Nova Scotia, in Canada is too small to perform it with me) I can really appreciate that a great player like yourself would want to record the piece. Especially with John conducting. This will be the reference version of this concerto for generations to come.

I will most definitely contribute what I can

Cheers

Richard Simoneau 

 

 

2 hours ago, Thomas Hooten said:

Wow thank you!! I appreciate the support!!

 

 

Richard Simoneau 

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This is also the first real, honest-to-God STUDIO recording of a Williams concert piece in many years.  Lots of live recordings in the meantime of course.

 

SO. EXCITING.

 

21 minutes ago, Nick Parker said:

 

I'm pumped to hear how he does the second movement, which is in my shortlist of top pieces of music ever.

 

Yes!  Like Gershwin if he lived to become a modernist or something.

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17 minutes ago, Nick Parker said:

 

How so?

 

I hear the whole concerto as this great tribute to the traditional (American/European) flavors of the trumpet.  Looking at the wide over-simplified view of the work: the heraldic opening movement, the bluesy lyrical second, and the trumpet as vehicle of wild, rhythmic complexity in the third (which sounds the most like how he sometimes uses the trumpet in his film action music to my ears).  And then even within the movements, Williams calls for the performer to use radically different voicings and timbres often in quick succession.  I find Sandoval's playing on that album to be a bit monochromatic, lacking the variety of style and color that I think Williams was asking for. 

 

It's a seriously virtuosic trumpet showcase, maybe Sandoval was just having a bad day ;) 

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5 minutes ago, Nick Parker said:

 

Ah, I see, interesting.  That makes a lot of sense. 

 

I do think that the second movement is where Sandoval shines the most, which maybe is closer to his comfort zone?

 

4 minutes ago, pete said:

The 30,000 was just surpassed 

 

Finally decided to just go ahead and raid my kids' college funds ;) 

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1 minute ago, Disco Stu said:

 

I do think that the second movement is where Sandoval shines the most, which maybe is closer to his comfort zone?

 

Hell yeah he shines there. Warm, tender, passionate, portentous, powerful and solid, all in one piece. 

 

When I first listened to it l liked to imagine a king ruled by his own self-importance, out of touch with his subjects. Then when a massacre befalls his kingdom, he sees the corpses wheeled off in large barrows, and begins to recognize the depth of his folly. He wanders through his massive castle, lamenting his carelessness, and agonizes over a way to right his wrongdoings. 

 

I guess that imagery came easily because the movement has it all: regal, mournful, bittersweet, triumphant...damn, Williams hit it hard.

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55 minutes ago, pete said:

The 30,000 was just surpassed - i think with a 5,000 donation. Congrats Thomas!

 

53 minutes ago, Disco Stu said:

Finally decided to just go ahead and raid my kids' college funds ;) 

 

Thank goodness I don’t have kids’ college funds to worry about!! ;)

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1 hour ago, Disco Stu said:

I hear the whole concerto as this great tribute to the traditional (American/European) flavors of the trumpet.  Looking at the wide over-simplified view of the work: the heraldic opening movement, the bluesy lyrical second, and the trumpet as vehicle of wild, rhythmic complexity in the third (which sounds the most like how he sometimes uses the trumpet in his film action music to my ears).  And then even within the movements, Williams calls for the performer to use radically different voicings and timbres often in quick succession.  I find Sandoval's playing on that album to be a bit monochromatic, lacking the variety of style and color that I think Williams was asking for. 

Yes!  I agree with Disco Stu!  Things going well?

53 minutes ago, Nick Parker said:

Hell yeah he shines there. Warm, tender, passionate, portentous, powerful and solid, all in one piece. 

 

When I first listened to it l liked to imagine a king ruled by his own self-importance, out of touch with his subjects. Then when a massacre befalls his kingdom, he sees the corpses wheeled off in large barrows, and begins to recognize the depth of his folly. He wanders through his massive castle, lamenting his carelessness, and agonizes over a way to right his wrongdoings. 

 

I guess that imagery came easily because the movement has it all: regal, mournful, bittersweet, triumphant...damn, Williams hit it hard.

Yes! I agree with Nick!

 

 

I love the Trumpet Concerto, to be sure.  One of those pieces where you hear something new with each listen.

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Yeah but all that oil helps pay for that.

 

I'm not knocking it...oil revenues and a largely homogenous population (except for the people who do the dirty jobs) has enabled your people to create one of the best places in the world to live. Sort out the addiction problems and you'll have a paradise!

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3 hours ago, Jurassic Shark said:

Many countries have shown it can be achieved without oil revenues. Just increase the taxes, especially for the filthy rich!

 

But, but--_I_ could be filthy rich one day! Never mind I'm middle class and have no inclination for upward mobility, _I_ could be paying those taxes one day! To hell with your tax increase, filthy hippie!

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17 hours ago, Nick1066 said:

You lot who are whining about "50.00 for a CD!" have no idea how Kickstarter works.

 

You're donating to make the project happen. The CD is a bonus. If you don't want to donate and just want the CD, wait for the CD.  Crikey.

 

I might have been interested in donating to make a project like this happen if I was receiving a CD as a thank you at a $20 level, or even $25.

 

$50, not a chance.  I wouldn't pay that to fund a rerecording of the full score to Dracula.

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On 9/15/2018 at 5:32 PM, Thomas Hooten said:

Hi all!

I wanted to share a project that I"m doing very soon. You can read more about it on the kickstarter page, but I'm recording John's Trumpet Concerto with a full orchestra, with John himself conducting! I've raised a majority of the funding for the full orchestra and recording fees, but am doing this campaign to raise the remaining gap. If any are interested in contributing or sharing, there are rewards on the page and I'd appreciate you all for helping to make this a reality!!

Thanks for reading!

Best,

Tom Hooten, Principal Trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/williamshootencd/john-williams-and-thomas-hooten-recording-project?ref=user_menu

I love it when the people who are actually working on the projects we talk about here pop in to say hello. Good work Thomas!

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