Popular Post Marian Schedenig 6,522 Posted October 21, 2021 Popular Post Share Posted October 21, 2021 51 minutes ago, publicist said: He's basically acknowledging Williams' most influential role in film music but questions the program as never-ending succession of marches, parades and tutti flourishes that end them. It's not remotely in the 'hate review' category of Lebrecht, and co., whatever Steve says. But he clearly goes beyond that. He says (or at least clearly implies) that Williams (and apparently all film composers) are incapable of writing music that can stand on its own, that they need the films to give them structure, and that they only work if you remember and recognise the melodies. Well, most of us here know and love lots of scores without knowing the films. And a film or any kind of programme will not give the music structure if the composer doesn't know how to leverage it (many today don't, but that's why I listen to Williams much more than current day film composers). And also, I know I'm not the only one here who does listen to a lot of classical music and was brought into that musical world by Williams, whereas the reviewer claims that this music is totally incapable of doing that. Essentially, he's confusing a) a composer who knows how to draw from a film (no matter how good or relevant) to write good *music* and b) people who enjoy the music for its own sake with people who only like it because they know the films (although I'm sure there were many of those at the concerts). Yes, the programme was somewhat more single-minded than it could have been, even for a greatest hits type of programme, but I doubt he would have written anything else about Vienna for example. I also think Williams' film concert arrangements have plenty of structure, certainly for the brief vignettes they are - obviously a structure of a full symphony is different from that of a 5 minute suite/overture. But the reviewer conveniently ignores other popular standards of the classical repertoire that have similar forms and sizes - think of any number of overtures by any of the great composers, or suites like Grieg's Peer Gynt suites (not to mention the purely "entertaining" Strauß waltzes - technically brilliant, but certainly more limited in their scope than Williams' output). MaxTheHouseelf, blondheim and Locrius 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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