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John Williams interviewed by Conrad Pope (about Conrad Salinger)

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6 minutes ago, Falstaft said:

Just listened to this. What a pleasure. Even if you aren't particularly interested in orchestration or Hollywood film music history, this chat is a delight.

Worth listening already for learning, over an evening meal, that Williams was on friendly terms with Milton Babbitt :lol:

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To those who wish interviewers would ask Williams more questions about his art and early days, this is a very good source.  Obviously, the focus is not on him (which is probably why he is so forthcoming), but he provides lots of little details on his working conditions, the musical environment of the time (which he reflects upon almost mournfully), and other little bits.  Good stuff all around.  

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THis is just amazing. Getting the Maestro to talk about such a topic is a delight. The little postcards he recollects from those magical days of Hollywood music-making are enough to let you feel how cool must have been to be around in those days.

 

It also confirms that Williams imho gives the best interviews when talking with fellow composers/musicians instead of journalists.

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18 minutes ago, TownerFan said:

It also confirms that Williams imho gives the best interviews when talking with fellow composers/musicians instead of journalists.

 

Yes, it's like eavesdropping on Williams having a conversation with a friend, rather than feeling like an interview as it does with journalists (which usually pull from the same stable of repetitive questions like writing scores with pencil and paper).

 

He always feels more invested when the topics are about others, or recalling the golden days of movie-making. And his memory is still sharp as a tack!

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10 minutes ago, crumbs said:

 

Yes, it's like eavesdropping on Williams having a conversation with a friend, rather than feeling like an interview as it does with journalists (which usually pull from the same stable of repetitive questions like writing scores with pencil and paper).

 

He always feels more invested when the topics are about others, or recalling the golden days of movie-making. And his memory is still sharp as a tack!

Burlingame should interview him about Herrmann for the Legacy Collection series

 

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