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John Williams Writes New Theme for ESPN College Football Championship - OF GRIT AND GLORY


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Whoa, cool!

 

I have zero connection to American football, but I love his theme for Sunday Night Football from years and years ago. That one sounded like a remnant from the SW prequels. Looking forward to whatever this is.

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"shifting seamlessly from martial urgency to anthemic splendor, all richly orchestrated and instantly mémorable" 

Can't wait to hear it :)

 

If he's still around in 2028, he WILL write something for the olympics. 

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My mom (and essentially everyone on her side of the family) is a University of Georgia alum so we were already pretty excited for next Monday's game, but now this on top of it!

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As I age, I am much happier with a notification of new piece that I get to hear in a couple days versus the Hollywood overture and Vienna piece that took a year/s.  

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1 hour ago, Disco Stu said:

My mom (and essentially everyone on her side of the family) is a University of Georgia alum so we were already pretty excited for next Monday's game, but now this on top of it!

 

As another UGA alum, this is pretty doggone cool!!  A second straight shot at a National Championship with a new Williams piece leading it off?  Heaven.

 

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Definitely a tremendous surprise; I’ll be catching Monday Night Football just to hear this!

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2 hours ago, Gibster said:

He hasn’t written music for television since his “Great Performances” theme for PBS, which won a 2009 Emmy.

Fake news!

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18 minutes ago, Garrett said:

Fake news!

Maybe streaming doesn't count as television?

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1 hour ago, Garrett said:

Fake news!

 

The article has also been updated to fix that part

 

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He hasn’t written music for television since his “Great Performances” theme for PBS, which won a 2009 Emmy.

After:

He hasn’t written music for broadcast television since his “Great Performances” theme for PBS, which won a 2009 Emmy; his theme for “Obi-Wan Kenobi” debuted earlier this year on the Disney+ streaming service.

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10 minutes ago, Gibster said:

New Burlingame quote added 

 

Williams’ new music – previewed for Variety late Thursday – plays like a joyful overture, opening with fanfares and shifting seamlessly from martial urgency to anthemic splendor, all richly orchestrated and instantly memorable

 

That isn't new, that was always in the article

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WHAT HAVE WE DONE TO DESERVE THIS????!!!!!!

:woop::woop::woop:

 

It's the Feast of the Epiphany today in Catholicism, so I guess this year it's gold, frankincense, myrrh, grit, and glory!  And on the last day of Christmas, I think it's appropriate to say...

 

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3 hours ago, Gibster said:

opening with fanfares and shifting seamlessly from martial urgency to anthemic splendor, all richly orchestrated and instantly 

 


John Goldfarb Arabian/Irish fight song quotes confirmed!

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Wow I',m hyped for this! 

 

Except we'll have scour the dark corners of the internet to listen to it

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2 hours ago, igger6 said:

WHAT HAVE WE DONE TO DESERVE THIS????!!!!!!

:woop::woop::woop:

 

It's the Feast of the Epiphany today in Catholicism, so I guess this year it's gold, frankincense, myrrh, grit, and glory!  And on the last day of Christmas, I think it's appropriate to say...

 

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Alleluia and Amen!

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1 hour ago, King Mark said:

Wow I',m hyped for this! 

 

Except we'll have scour the dark corners of the internet to listen to it


It’s literally airing on television

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5 hours ago, Jay said:

 

The article has also been updated to fix that part

 

Before:

He hasn’t written music for television since his “Great Performances” theme for PBS, which won a 2009 Emmy.

After:

He hasn’t written music for broadcast television since his “Great Performances” theme for PBS, which won a 2009 Emmy; his theme for “Obi-Wan Kenobi” debuted earlier this year on the Disney+ streaming service.

 

Also fake news! It was last year! 

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2 hours ago, Disco Stu said:


It’s literally airing on television

Well, aside from that and the obvious youtube uploads, how might one hear this?  

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2 hours ago, SilverTrumpet said:

 

Also fake news! It was last year! 

Clearly, Variety needs to be banned from social media for spreading misinformation.

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Here is something I always wanted to know: is John Williams a sports guy? I mean, when he's not working, does he like to sit in front of the TV with a beer in a hand and watch the NFL, NBA, baseball, or whatever sports Americans like to watch?

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This is such exciting news! I don't often watch college football (prefer the NFL) but will make sure to tune in to this. 

 

3:30 of new, extroverted Williams fanfares is such a treat. What a wonderful surprise, totally out of the blue. The maestro never ceases to amaze.

 

 

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Wow! Out of nowhere. I can't wait to hear this! JW in sports mode is always fun.

 

I'm quickly realizing that JW is embracing all kinds of writing opportunities with his film career winding down. He's not slowing down at all. 

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According to Lukas Kendall, as a youngster, his only other interest besides music were girls: https://www.lukaskendall.com/post/john-williams-90th-birthday

I think there was some interview with his younger brother Donald, where he said basically the same thing.

So I would assume that while he plays a little golf, he doesn't spend much time watching sports, probably uses his non-composing time reading scores by Beethoven and Brahms.

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Wide Receiver was never released (although this cover is pretty good), so I'm not getting my hopes up, but at least it's a different network this time. A digital release surely would have no downsides for ESPN.

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7 hours ago, Edmilson said:

Here is something I always wanted to know: is John Williams a sports guy? I mean, when he's not working, does he like to sit in front of the TV with a beer in a hand and watch the NFL, NBA, baseball, or whatever sports Americans like to watch?

He has a good sense of the moment, and it is just a natural extension of scoring films.  Even if not a big sports fan, he gets what makes it attractive to so many people.  I am not sure how much of a football fan Goldsmith was or Newman for baseball, but they didn't really need to be to capture the drama (and far surpass it, imo).  

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I was wrong.  The article said that it would be previewed during the two games today.  I thought it would be the halftime of the first game (as they talked about Monday's game), but they didn't.  Maybe between the games?

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Just now, Will said:

Just heard a very brief excerpt in an ad a few minutes ago on ESPN/ABC! 

And???? How was it?? Don't leave us hanging!

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