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Vanity Fair article on John Williams (June 2023)


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https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2023/06/john-williams-music-movies-legacy

 

The article says the success of JW's use of orchestra in Star Wars helped pave the way for other composers to use orchestras, and it specifically mentions Jerry Goldsmith as one of those composers.

 

I first thought maybe that's wrong. But on reflection I considered that JG was bowing to the trends at the time and using smaller ensembles.  The success of using an orchestra in SW meant he could return to larger ensembles. 

 

Love the pic they dug up of JW circa 1965.

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1 hour ago, That_Bloke said:

Love the pic they dug up of JW circa 1965.

That’s not composer John Williams.

The author and VF lifted the picture from another article, even using the same caption.

https://thecritic.co.uk/john-williams-in-vienna-dg/

Williams first had a goatee, but then he was already balding, then later he had his signature beard. And he never had glasses like those. 

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57 minutes ago, Pawel P. said:

 

Is it really him with those brass instruments? He doesn't look like himself at all.

I think that's him. He didn't start going bald until the 70s

2 minutes ago, JTW said:

That’s not composer John Williams.

The author and VF lifted the picture from another article, even using the same caption.

https://thecritic.co.uk/john-williams-in-vienna-dg/

Williams first had a goatee, but then he was already balding, then later he had his signature beard. And he never had glasses like those. 

Ah, ok. It looked like him to me. Still, doesn't take anything away from the article.  

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I remember that the creators of the British documentary TV series "Great Film Composers: Music of the Movies" a few years ago mistakenly used the same photo in one of the episodes.

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