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Music By John Williams.

Sat Aug 17, 2002 2:51 pm

I don't know about the rest of you but I am really into music. More of the instrumental types, Jazz and classical being my favorite. Recently I have been listening to a lot of John Williams songs. He did theme songs for many movies: Saving Private Ryan, Robin Hood, Indiana Jones, Jurrasic park, close encountors of a third kind and most of the olympic music. I find his music to be absolutly amazing. You really get put into a mood. The man has so consistantly written such great peices. Does anyone else agree? or am I going crazy?
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RE: Music By John Williams.

Sat Aug 17, 2002 3:38 pm

LOL....Nah, you're not going crazy; I happen to agree with you.
Also in the same league (Movie/TV themes etc) would be Henry Mancini.
He's done some of my favourite themes, "The Good,The Bad, and The Ugly", "Cades County", etc.  Smile
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RE: Music By John Williams.

Sat Aug 17, 2002 3:40 pm

Don't forget Star Wars  Big thumbs up
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RE: Music By John Williams.

Sat Aug 17, 2002 3:50 pm

Our high school band played a piece called "John Williams Medley" at our spring concert last year, which consisted of the themes from ET, Star Wars, and Jaws, among others. It was a pretty nicely arranged collection, but unfortunately we were, as usual, a bit rushed in our last few weeks and underprepared at the time of the concert. It turned out decent though.  Smile

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RE: Music By John Williams.

Sat Aug 17, 2002 3:53 pm


You were talking about 'olympic music'. Is that music from the Olympics and if so, which olympics?


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RE: Music By John Williams.

Sat Aug 17, 2002 4:24 pm

Well the main theme is. The one you here everytime on NBC B4 the broadcast. Also he did the song IN atlanta... titled summon the hero. (one of the greatest peices IMO) and one for calgary 88' and a special one at sydney which was only played once at opening ceremonies.
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RE: Music By John Williams.

Sat Aug 17, 2002 4:28 pm

Yeah. Our Highschool band played the original version of Robinhood and Summon the Hero. (the highest level band played it and at that time I was still in the mid band)I must say it was amazing. They have all the trumpets around the theater playing the trumpet solo. It was crazy.They played it so well.
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RE: Music By John Williams.

Sun Aug 18, 2002 4:51 am

Surely, ya can't forget the Lost in Space series! Big thumbs up

RE: Music By John Williams.

Sun Aug 18, 2002 5:28 am

Of course, the NBC Nightly News theme was also composed by John Williams. Australia's "Seven News" uses a slightly modified version.

I guess my favorite Williams theme is "Welcome to Jurassic Park" (track 7 of the movie's official soundtrack CD) but I like them all.
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RE: Music By John Williams.

Sun Aug 18, 2002 12:18 pm

He also did the movie that - at the time - was the highest grossing movie of all time.


Richard Dreyfuss once said that because of John Williams musical score in "JAWS", when he first saw the finished movie, he actually forgot he was on the movie.
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RE: Music By John Williams.

Sun Aug 18, 2002 12:54 pm

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RE: Music By John Williams.

Sun Aug 18, 2002 1:38 pm

I happen to think that all of John William's stuff sounds the same...
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RE: Music By John Williams.

Sun Aug 18, 2002 2:40 pm

John Williams is a musical mastermind....... that's the only way to put it really!
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RE: Music By John Williams.

Sun Aug 18, 2002 4:37 pm

There's actually another way to put that Shawn Patrick... John Williams is a musical genius.  Big thumbs up

Yes, on the surface his music at some point may sound the same. But if one looks (or listens) beneath, one will appreciate the engineering that went behind putting all those works of art together. It's best to listen to John Williams on a really good acoustic system and sorta loud.
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RE: Music By John Williams.

Mon Aug 19, 2002 2:33 am

I especially like his work for "The Chariots of Fire, Jurrassic Park, Indiana JOnes, STAR WARS, HOOK, and Superman." Incredible music composer of the 20th century.
In Episode one, "The Duel of the Fates" , with the choir it makes for an excellent piece. Lawrence of Arabia is also a very nice song indeed.

For Star Wars, my favorite song of all: Imperial March, and Battle of Endor.
Some weird songs he made in the trilogy, those Goofy Star Wars alien musics, like the Cantina Band and the Ewok drums music.. hahah

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RE: Music By John Williams.

Tue Aug 20, 2002 1:15 am

Maestro Williams has an impressive log of musical composition. But like Bluebelly above, I most remember him for his work on the 1960's T.V. series "Lost in Space." His music credit on that show listed him as "Johnny Williams." And it was impressive work even then, as he did the main theme and all of the atmosphere music for every scene in the show (Danger Will Robinson!).
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RE: Music By John Williams.

Tue Aug 20, 2002 5:04 am

Nz767 ,The good ,the bad and the ugly is not Manchini´s music.Was Enio Morricone that composed that wonder.Morricone,Manchini and Wiliams are a big masters of film sound traks.
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RE: Music By John Williams.

Tue Aug 20, 2002 5:15 am

I had the soundtrack CD to I recall , Spielberg was so disgusted by the movie they didn't release it on a major label, just some small time indie label.

A friend of mine stole it. Bastard! There's an amazing swing piece that Williams composed for the USO dance scene.

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