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It's John William's birthday, let's have a listening party
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Magpie
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Feb 8 2013, 3:20pm

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There's just so much to enjoy from his music. I can remember way back in the day when the Boston Pops (led by him) would do Star Wars music and it just seemed so hip!

Jurassic Park was one of the scores my kid's and I listened to. Here's the opening credit music

And who doesn't love Hedwig's Theme?

And I love when music is part of the plot (not in the 'let's sing a song' sort of way): The Conversation

And let's not forget his non-movie work: Olympic Fanfare and Theme

What's your favorite William's music?


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Aragalen the Green
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Feb 8 2013, 4:10pm

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Little Johnny Williams [In reply to] Can't Post

He did the theme music for several TV shows way back when (in the 60's), credited as Johnny Williams; including Lost in Space, Land of the Giants, and Time Tunnel. He also did the opening riff to Henry Mancini's Peter Gunn theme, and who can forget Fiddler on the Roof and Jaws!

My favorite though is The Empire Strikes Back. I've listened to that so often my CD is wearing out, time to buy a new one! So I will listen to William's music all day today, in honor Smile

Thanks!

'"Never laugh at live dragons, Bilbo you fool!" he said to himself, and it became a favourite saying of his later, and passed into a proverb.'


Magpie
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Feb 8 2013, 4:43pm

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I didn't know that about the tv shows [In reply to] Can't Post

but somehow, Lost in Space seems perfectly John Williams to me.

I have some Star Wars music but somehow, I never actually want to press 'play' on it. It works well for the movies. I just don't quite enjoy listening to it. Or maybe it's *when* I'm usually listening... at work. (with headphones) Maybe it's just not good music for creative endeavors.

I had been listening during one spring when I realized the cardinal outside my window almost seemed to be singing notes from the Imperial March. What do you think?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buo5h5lLcpw


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Eowyn3
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Feb 8 2013, 4:45pm

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Love John Williams [In reply to] Can't Post

Our local symphony every so many years does a John Williams spectacular. They did it a few years ago and are doing again this year. It's a lot of fun. They play all the famous John Williams scores and people are encouraged to dress up as any character from movies related to his music. My family and I will be going again this year!


Aragalen the Green
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Feb 8 2013, 4:49pm

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That sounds like so much fun! [In reply to] Can't Post

Do you dress up too?

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Eowyn3
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Feb 8 2013, 4:57pm

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Of course, that's half of the fun! [In reply to] Can't Post

My kids and I all dressed up as Harry Potter and Star Wars characters. We will have to do different characters this year.


Magpie
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Feb 8 2013, 5:07pm

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does anyone ever show up as the shark? // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


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Eowyn3
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Feb 8 2013, 6:32pm

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I haven't seen the shark yet. [In reply to] Can't Post

I may try it this year, sounds hilarious. Specially as I'm driving downtown to the theater.


Ardamírë
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Feb 8 2013, 7:10pm

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What an excellent idea to celebrate his birthday, Magpie Smile

My absolute favorite of his pieces has to be Across the Stars from Star Wars II. It's sweeping, epic, grandiose, intimate, dark, tragic, and a whole host of other descriptions. It's perfect. Heart

There's a sad sort of clanging from the clock in the hall and the bells in the steeple, too.
And up in the nursery an absurd little bird is popping out to say coo-coo (coo-coo, coo-coo).


SirDennisC
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Feb 8 2013, 7:32pm

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Happy birthday Mr. Williams [In reply to] Can't Post

Dare I say it, two of my favourite John Williams' compositions are from Episode 3:

Padme's Destiny (a slightly clipped version)

and Anakin vs Obi-Wan


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Arandiel
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Feb 8 2013, 8:00pm

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Cue the Superman Main Theme - [In reply to] Can't Post

one of my favorite fanfares by John Williams. I also love the jazz elements in HP: Prisoner of Azkaban and Tintin. Especially the way Williams blends those elements with late Romanticism and Medieval motets. And have I mentioned Indiana Jones? In addition to Star Wars, E.T., Close Encounters, Jaws, and heaps of others I'm forgetting at the moment.

It's also some of my Hobbit's favorite music - Beamer's, too.

So a very happy birthday indeed, John Williams!


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Rostron2
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Feb 8 2013, 9:02pm

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John Williams [In reply to] Can't Post

What a body of work this guy has. This is a good idea...I have quite a few of his works. Thanks for those choices, too.


Ardamírë
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Feb 8 2013, 10:26pm

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Both of those are excellent! [In reply to] Can't Post

I don't think there are any pieces of music from Episode 3 that I don't like. And there's certainly very little from the film as a whole that I dislike.

There's a sad sort of clanging from the clock in the hall and the bells in the steeple, too.
And up in the nursery an absurd little bird is popping out to say coo-coo (coo-coo, coo-coo).


Magpie
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Feb 8 2013, 10:46pm

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or... instead of dressing up like a shark [In reply to] Can't Post

you could dress up like a person being eaten by a shark. That might require you being in a bathing suit, though!

How about dressing up like Devil's Tower? Or make it look like one side of your face is sunburned.


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Feb 8 2013, 10:49pm

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a good example of Williams [In reply to] Can't Post

the description 'accessible' came to mind this morning. His work is just a delight to listen to.


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Feb 8 2013, 10:51pm

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I love the first one [In reply to] Can't Post

the second is one of the reasons I don't listen at work. :-) It suits the scene well but isn't conducive to working creatively for me.


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Bellerock
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Feb 9 2013, 1:21am

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I love John Williams. Star Wars is one of the first sound tracks I ever owned, and I played that record over and over until I really annoyed my parents <smile>. But a question: Did John Williams compose Fiddler on the Roof? I am, admittedly, no expert, but that doesn't sound like his work at all to me. Or am I thinking of the wrong musical?


Aragalen the Green
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Feb 9 2013, 1:36am

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From what I gather, [In reply to] Can't Post

And after some hasty research BlushIt appears he did an adaptation of the score for the 1971 movie, from music composed by Jerry Bock for the 1964 musical. So not composed by Mr. Williams.

My apologies, someone else had told me that he composed the score, and I didn't double-check.

'"Never laugh at live dragons, Bilbo you fool!" he said to himself, and it became a favourite saying of his later, and passed into a proverb.'


Bellerock
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Feb 9 2013, 1:43am

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Thanks for the information. I never realized that Williams did an adaptation of Fiddler on the Roof.

It's always interesting to hear how one composer can expand on the ideas of another. Sort of like what Howard Shore did with Misty Mountains Cold. I don't think Shore composed the original melody, but he was able to put his own touch on it.


zarabia
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Feb 9 2013, 2:32am

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Happy B-day Mr. Williams! [In reply to] Can't Post

Of course my first love was Star Wars (now called A new Hope Unsure it will always be Star Wars to me) I wore that record out Laugh

The music from Close Encounters of the Third Kind is not only lovely and dramatic, but it plays an integral part of the story. Love this scene where the scientists are trying to communicate with the Mother Ship. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4PYI6TzqYk It gives me goosebumps.Smile

I think some of his later music is a bit too John Williams-y (sounds a lot like recycled earlier works) but when he's inspired, he's still got it!

"The question isn't where, Constable, but when." - Inspector Spacetime

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Magpie
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Feb 9 2013, 3:09am

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lol... [In reply to] Can't Post

I suspect you did not click on my link to "The Conversation"... correct?

;-)


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zarabia
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Feb 9 2013, 4:08am

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Haha! I thought you meant... [In reply to] Can't Post

this The Conversation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Conversation I've always heard a lot about it, but I've never seen it. I knew it was directed by Francis Ford Coppola, who has a working relationship with both Spielberg and Lucas, so I thought maybe Williams did the music for The Conversation as well. Blush

Anyway, I was in a hurry and didn't know if I'd be able to get back online tonight. I just wanted to post a bit of Close Encounters, which is where my mind went immediately. But I must always remember the immortal words of Treebeard: "Don't be hasty." Laugh

And besides, you know what they say about great minds. Smile Don't know what that has to do with me, thoughLaughTongue

"The question isn't where, Constable, but when." - Inspector Spacetime


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Feb 9 2013, 5:20am

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Close Encounters is one of my favorite films [In reply to] Can't Post

When we vacationed in the Black Hills, I lobbied for going a bit further to visit Devil's Tower. (we did)


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zarabia
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Feb 10 2013, 6:18am

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Cool! Devil's Tower is definitely on my must-see list. :) // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

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Laerasëa
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Feb 11 2013, 12:00am

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That's relatively common with films, I think [In reply to] Can't Post

For example, if watch the movie Chicago, it will list the composer/arranger as Danny Elfman, but the score is actually, I think, older than he is. But to adapt a musical score to a movie, you want a composer who is both familiar with the film industry and familiar with arranging other works.

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