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Did John Williams get you into classical music?

Discussion in 'Original Trilogy' started by Lock_S_Foils, Apr 7, 2017.

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    He definitely broadened my horizons and made me more likely/willing to listen to film scores.

    However, I've been playing piano for years and have always been bored by classical music. I appreciate it and I understand its significance to the structure of modern music, but I've never been moved by it and my teacher quickly realized that and shifted our lessons to a more pop/rock/soul approach. If the music doesn't move me in some way, then I'm probably not going to care too much about it.
     
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    I have always liked classical in general but John Williams' music is fantastic. Not just Star Wars. I like most of the music he writes, but there really is something special about Star Wars.
     
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    probably Ferde Grofé got me into classical music. Star Wars made me listen to disco/funk, so there is that. : o p

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    Yes, definitely. If it weren't for John Williams and his amazing work on Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, etc. I would have never realized film scores are an art themselves. It's incredible how well his music fits in with the atmosphere of the movies he scores.
     
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    For Sure.
    After listening to the soundtrack album (record) as a kid and pouring through the liner notes, it prompted me to put on my local PBS radio station. They'd done some or other special about the film music and of course I got wind of it and tuned in. What ever it was that played after the special was over, I just kept listenin'. I'd occasionally tune back to that station and just listen and learn.
    Always had liked orchestral music (classical is a variation of that).
    Love Many other film scores also.

    Just occurred to me as I was re-readin' all the great posts in this thread that I'd been listenin' to orchestral music since I was a 3-4 year old to all the way into my teens and now even. Music I knew and loved. Music scored by a man named Carl W. Stalling.

    Anyone know what I'm talkin' 'bout?
     
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    When I hadn't read the full title of this thread, I thought it was "Did John Williams Get You Into Star Wars"- which as a kid, I'd have to say my answer would be a resounding "Nope, it was Hasbro."

    But into classical music? Absolutely! In fact, I remember the exact song that I listened to and thought "I should listen to more stuff like this!:

     
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    Yes he did! I got into classical music via tracing John Williams' inspirations for Star Wars. I'm thankful for that, because I compose music myself and you can learn a lot by listening to classics.
     
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    I guess in a small way he did open me up to it. I always thought classical music done right in a movie was great. His work on Star Wars movies is beyond great, as stated by Darth_Ash they are an art themselves.
     
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    I music actually got me into painting (in combination with Bob Ross). I still like to listen to it whenever I paint.
     
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    John Williams and Nobuo Uematsu got me into that kind of music, and my current favorite game composer (who we call the John Williams of game music) is Jeremy Soule.
     
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    I am musical iliterate .

    But I was carried by the music from Superman, Star Wars, Indiana Jones , and Jurrasic park, loving all those films for, amongst other reasons, their great music. Which , by the way looks clearly of simillar origin(which makes my next sentence even more obvious).

    I felt stun, and retarded on that day (and it was not many decades, but just years ago) when I realised all of this music masteprieces were composed by a one single men!

    I couldn't believed such creativity exists.

    Could Mr. Williams be the greatest living composer?
     
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    Yes! Literally yes.

    I've just made a film on his themes from the Original Trilogy, and how he composes them! Enjoy :)

     
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    Nah, not particularly. Part of the reason I enjoy Williams' scores are the leitmotifs he uses throughout them. I'm a sucker for leitmotifs, and that's part of the reason I've never really been able to enjoy standalone music.
     
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    For me, it was Kubrick's 2001.
     
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    No. To be honest, given that I was just above a rug-rat when I started watching the OT (late x-genner, 79), I just assumed that was movie music since it was in everything that Lucas and Spielberg did and those two pretty much built most of my cinematic universe as a kid.
    I didn't think of it as classical music until much later.
    I got into classical music because it was just always there in every music class I had, I was gifted 4 tape volume set of classical and baroque composers early on, I was in piano for a while as a kid, so I was moderately familiar with - and generally not that impressed with - classical music. Baroque seemed interesting, but so complex that it just went over my head for years. I couldn't follow what was going on.

    I got into Williams when one of my friends became obsessed with learning to play the Jurassic Park theme, and then I learned all of that music in those films I grew up on were the same guy.
    So then I listened to everything he had without it being part of a film, and I was immediately surprised to hear so many wafts of almost classical pieces embedded in his music. At times it was as if he thought of a classical piece and then made his take on that. Actually, not at times; most of the time.

    That's when I learned the art of film music and that doing that was a very common practice and what all of the great scores did because it was far more accessible since the piece that would be referenced off of was already a part of the cultural language. (For some odd reason, Brian Eno thinks he invented this method...*scratches head in confusion*)

    The Imperial March, for instance, is almost the Funeral March.

    Sometimes his echoes would be of his own material. I've often wanted to flip Star Wars, Superman, and Indiana Jones around and just watch the openings of each with the other's theme music.

    It's hard making that many fan fare scores, especially when people keep saying, "That one you did for Star Wars...like that, but different!"
    Williams always just did whatever someone asked.
    Lucas gave him a bunch of reference music which placement notes in a script and basically had Williams make versions of those.

    Doing a spin off of another composition is definitely not an easy task, especially if you're spinning off of very accomplished classical and baroque composers.

    He's a real master at his craft.
    It's not the music that I prefer to listening to (I'm more of a Vivaldi guy), but it's definitely impressive work!

    Cheers,
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    No. I like romantic/modern classical music, but I like his work too because it reminds me of Tchaikovsky, my favorite.
     
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