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J.P. by J.W. is Brilliant
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• Posted by: Daniel   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, January 25, 2002, at 4:36 a.m.
• IP Address: cpe-203-45-133-163.qld.bigpond.net.au

The one thing I hate about John Williams is the fact that I can never find anything wrong with his scores and I can never think of a way for his score to be improved in any place during any of his films. And this, alongside his standalone genius, makes him my favourite film music composer. Jurassic Park and Saving Private Ryan became, respectively, my first and second favourite scores of all time as soon as I watched each movie (perhaps due to my order of preference being brass, and then strings, which seems to be John Williams' order of preference too). Buying the CDs afterwards only improved the experience, as each track soon became a personal treasure of mine -- each piece of music is a mastering of both quality and quantity. A french hornist who loves every facet of music (playing, listening and especially composing!), my two favoured tracks are "Journey to the Island" and "The Last Battle" (again, respectively), and I can never calculate which is my favourite. The former is a much more colourful and illustrious piece, whilst the latter is both provocative and powerful, and down-right tear-jerking to say the least. However, "Journey to the Island" features my all-time most treasured film score moment: the section around 4:30 to 5:00 has everything I wish -I- could create out of thin air as brilliantly and easily as it appears John Williams can. The underlying dominant bass pedal created by a soft timpani and, if anything else, a hard-to-distinguish low brass or stringed instrument tears me apart, especially its movement from dominant to lightly-touched tonic, through 4:40 with the help of the added harmonies above. The low and ominous oboe, especially at 4:52, is amazingly well placed, and the fantastic idea of a bouncy brass theme in a minor key (7:30, heard when the JP jeeps first reach the Visitors' Centre) is also brilliant in my eyes (and ears). Obviously I could continue underlining truly inspirational aspects of the Jurassic Park score, but in this post, I only wanted to exclaim my fondness for John Williams and his music, especially my old favourites of his...

Harry Potter is his most recent work and for the moment, it is tiding me over quite nicely (favourites include the "Prologue", "Harry's Wondrous World", "The Quidditch Match", "Entry into the Great Hall and the Banquet", "The Chess Game" and, especially, the beloved "Leaving Hogwarts" -- to those who dislike the Harry Potter score due to the lack of "magic", I sincerely hope you could have done a better job. His work is astounding and there are, in my opinion, more-than-sufficient lavishments of magic amidst the score). So until the Harry Potter sequels, The Minority Report and his other upcoming movies hit Australian shores, I'll look forward to more of John Williams' brilliant scoring.




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       Daniel - Friday, January 25, 2002, at 4:36 a.m.


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