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Hello,   Some of you are already aware of this, but I want to spread the news to every JWFan here:   After a few months working on it on and off, I'm now ready to launch this side

https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2020/05/25/star-wars-roundtable-podcast/   Hope you'll like this one, guys.

New audio interview with Conrad Pope, talking about the music and the legacy of John Williams, the art form of film music and his life and career in the Hollywood film music community. It’s a fun one!

That was another brilliant episode @TownerFan! Such lovely stories and memories from Jim Self, who is indeed a musical legend himself and who was so very graciously appreciative of John Williams and his music. Keep these wonderful interviews coming Maurizio! 🙂

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On 11/10/2020 at 5:07 PM, TownerFan said:

 

https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2020/11/10/jim-self-podcast/

 

This is another great episode, guys. Lots of great stories and memories from a true legend among studio musicians!

 

Awesome work as always @TownerFan

Also, great to see that the music selections include a concert I attended :)

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Thanks for the nice words, guys. Happy you like the show! More coming soon :)

 

16 hours ago, Miguel Andrade said:

 

Awesome work as always @TownerFan

Also, great to see that the music selections include a concert I attended :)

 

Sergio Carolino (the soloist performing in the exceprt of the Tuba Concert featured in the episode) studied with Jim Self, so I thought it made sense. There are many other recordings of the Concerto I could have used, but I love the energy and the virtuosity of Carolino's performance.

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30 minutes ago, TownerFan said:

 

https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2020/11/27/tim-morrison-podcast/

 

I don't have much to add other than it was a real honour and privilege to talk with such an iconic musician who we JW fans all admire so much. I hope you will enjoy, gents!

Can't wait to listen to this. I was hoping for a pocast with Tim since a long time. Thanks!

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10 hours ago, TownerFan said:

 

https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2020/11/27/tim-morrison-podcast/

 

I don't have much to add other than it was a real honour and privilege to talk with such an iconic musician who we JW fans all admire so much. I hope you will enjoy, gents!

Absolutely incredible interview. It brought me back in time quite a few years, about 31, when I first saw BOT4OJ in theatres,  and reminded me why I play trumpet today. 

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1 hour ago, TownerFan said:

 

I definitely plan to talk with LSO members too, yes, especially some of the former ones from the 77-83 era who are still around.

 

I already have a roster of guests scheduled, including composers and other very interesting people :)

 

 

So happy you liked it, Richard. Thank you for your ongoing support!

It’s unfortunate that Maurice Murphy had an untimely death about 10 years ago. I’m sure he would have been a fantastic guest. 

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On 11/29/2020 at 2:26 PM, bollemanneke said:

@TownerFan Sorry if this has already been asked, but are you planning to interview members of the LSO during or after the LA series as well? I would love to hear all the questions you would ask them.

On May the 4th Sarah Willis did a skype session with hornists from all three Star Wars trilogies. It was very interesting, especially the old stories!

 

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I finally listened to that Tim Morrison episode. Wonderful stuff. There might be trumpet players who can play louder or higher than Mr. Morrison but not many who can play so beautifully, with heart and soul those singing melodies. And that legato!! Well, he started with a french horn! 😎😎😎

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Great interview with AHP, @TownerFan! Neat to hear another aspect of JW's time with the BPO and lovely to hear her respect for the composer (and vice versa) and a bit about the backstory of her harp concerto.

 

It was interesting to hear more than a couple references to JW conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra. To my knowledge, there are no recordings where he's credited with the BSO. Are there any? (Other than Schindler's List, maybe?)

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Over the last couple of months I've been listening to the 'The Lagacy of John Williams' podcast and I'm so freaking impressed. It's wonderful to hear qualified people discuss my favourite composer. Especially all the amazing session players and other people who have actually worked with him.

I've recommended it to many of my friends. Maurizio Caschetto, thank you so much for doing what you do, and doing it so well. :worship:

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3 hours ago, Disco Stu said:

Looking at the BSO archive site, I was surprised to find that Williams has only conducted the full BSO in concert once actually in Symphony Hall.  He's conducted them many times at Tanglewood since the late 80s, but only once in their home venue.

 

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Yes, that's really interesting. The database is not complete though. Many concerts, Williams included, are missing.

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On 11/6/2020 at 8:50 PM, TownerFan said:

Jaws at 45:

 

https://thelegacyofjohnwilliams.com/2020/11/06/jaws-at-45

 

This year, Steven Spielberg's timeless classic turned 45. The Legacy of John Williams presents a new analysis focusing on the element of trust and kinship between director and composer and how they fulfilled a shared artistic vision.

I just read your analysis, Maurizio, and really enjoyed it. And during reading I thought, the most brillant thing about Williams' simple and effective idea for the shark theme was, that he never used it again in other contexts. So, it remained unique. I mean, imagine James Horner would have composed this. He would have recycled this for whatever many other scenes in other movies. At least I think so.

 

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