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John Williams Tribute Thread

Discussion in 'General Movie Discussion' started by Lock_S_Foils, May 19, 2019.

  1. Lock_S_Foils

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    Saw the SWNN news post on John Williams, and got me waxing nostalgic on frankly, IMO, a really overlooked absolutely critical cornerstone of Star Wars - JW and his amazing themes.

    I've been reading "The Making of Star Wars" , again, recently and am kind of befuddled how little they discuss JW and his impact. For me, JW makes SW, SW....he will be very difficult to replace.

    After SW debuted in the Summer of '77, I can vividly remember begging my parents to get the soundtrack album (on vinyl those days...)

    We had one of those old stereo setups in our living room in our old house with the turntable and a couple huge floor standing speakers. Remember it just like yesterday, lying on the floor in that old living room, with the clock ticking, it was a quiet corner of our house...putting that album on, and BLASTING JW opening theme, goosebumps, hair standing up on my neck, every time....
     
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    Our 7 yrs old is humming imperial march at home (and our 4 yrs old picking it up too) although he hasn't seen any Star wars yet. I guess he learned it from the other kids at school.
     
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    Master John, I wanted one day to tell you : among all the golden nuggets you gave the world, and especially for the Star Wars saga, one particularly stands above all the others :



    Anakin's Betrayal is so deeply mystical and, in the same way, so powerful and desperate... thank you for that score. Some moments recall me the Lacrymosa part of Mozart's Requiem.
     
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    You're raising them well, Meister.
     
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    This is easily one of my favourite JW pieces.
     
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    Star Wars: A Hollywood space opera saga by John Williams, with some help from George Lucas and others.
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    I had it on vinyl too.

    I remember asking my mother how that record could make me feel so sad. It didn't make sense to me because the movie made me so happy. How could the music I associated with such joy make me feel like crying?

    I was too young to understand the power of music back then. I didn't realize it's the language we intuitively know or how it overpowers our emotions.

    John Williams forever.
     
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    Anyone ever listen to Holst's "The Planets", specifically "Mars, the Bringer of War" and hear a lot of Star Wars in it?
     
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    He is the beating heart of Star Wars. ❤️
     
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    For me, John William’s “Across The Stars,” is one of my absolute favorites:



    If I one day wed, I shall request this at my reception as a song to play as we dance.
     
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    Of the new films I love William’s Rey’s Theme:

     
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    Well technically it’s the other way around but yes there are obviously similarities
    Also try the film scores of Eric Korngold in particular Kings Row
     
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    Of course Williams changed what we expect during a duel in regards to musi:



    Duel of Fates is my all time favorite duel theme, even more than “Battle of Heroes.”
     
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    John Williams is undoubtedly the greatest of all time, and I love his work on Star Wars, but the Superman theme is my favorite of his.

     
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    I love the music of Obi vs Jango:



    John Williams doing his music wizard thing! :)
     
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    @Kato Sai if you haven't seen it, highly recommend the Danish National Orchestra's Star Wars concert from 2017.....Duel of the Fates was amazing with the singers there too ....

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    ....and @Kato Sai not John Williams (but Very close in my opinion) was James Horner's score with the Harlem Boys Choir, for the movie "Glory" especially the final scene where they charge up Fort Wagner...

     
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    Thank you John Williams for everything. I can’t imagine Star Wars without your Binary Sunsets or Duel of the Fates or Rey’s Themes, because unlike most other movies, the music is integral to telling the story.

    The soundtrack is part of what makes Star Wars so great and is a strong part of its identity. When I visualize Darth Vader, I instantly hear the Imperial March playing in my head. I can’t say the same about say, Iron Man or most characters from other famous film franchises. The score helps set the tone and flavor of each scene and is as important as the words being spoken or the actions being done on screen. I wish more mainstream films used their music as more than just background noise. When I hear a random track from a random Star Wars scene, I can see that scene playing out without even watching the movie.

    Some of my favorite pieces from each movie would have to be:
    1. Duel of the Fates
    2. The Chase Through Coruscant
    3. Honestly the entire soundtrack is a masterpiece in my opinion.
    4. Binary Sunset
    5. The Asteroid Field
    6. Sail Barge Assault
    7. March of the Resistance
    8. Everything from the Yoda scene to the end of the film is also a masterpiece IMO.
    And honestly, it was pretty hard to narrow down some of my choices for most of these films and with ROTS and TLJ specifically, I couldn’t narrow any down at all really. I honestly don’t dislike any of John William’s pieces bad, even the ones from my least favorite score (and film): AOTC.

    I also love that even when John Williams didn’t write the scores for most of the content outside of the episodic films, the composers till paid homage to him and wrote their pieces to co-exist seamlessly with his motifs and scores from the films. What comes to mind for me would be Kevin Kiner’s work from The Clone Wars series, John Powell’s work from Solo: A Star Wars Story, and Stephen Barton’s work from Jedi: Fallen Order.

    I can’t wait to hear what John brings to the table for his score for the final installment of the Skywalker Saga. I already know that it’ll be great!
     
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    I haven't seen or heard Glory, but James Horner, may he rest in peace, is my second favorite modern composer after Williams. Star Trek II and III are awesome. Aliens, awesome. I think he won an Oscar for Titanic.
     
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