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Comments about the soundtrack for The Nightmare Before Christmas (Danny Elfman)

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James Barnes
• Posted by: Erica Shelton   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2006, at 4:02 p.m.
• IP Address: 70.150.56.25
• In Response to: Re: About age (Amuro)

I'm sorry, but you don't know what you're talking about on this

> I too am 16...

> In my CD player there is usually Grainger blaring, or Mozart, Beethoven,
> Gershwin, Dvorak... any of the great classical composers. You know thats
> awesome that you do all that stuff with Trombone, and yeah, my score
> collection is extensive as well.

> But seriously, most kids our age... DON'T CARE... in the old days, men
> like Gershwin and Grainger were hailed as Gods... heck, some people even
> thought Mozart was the second coming of Christ! But look at it now, how
> many composers are household names? Eric Whitacre is a VERY talented man
> as he exhibits in pieces like "October"... but how many
> teenagers are gonna know his name? How about Robert W. Smith an INCREDIBLE
> composer for Wind Band, his "Dante's Devine Comedy" is a
> stunning work, particularly "The Inferno." In fact, regarding
> that, i'm so taken by it that I own the score for wind band... how many
> kids would buy it so that they could dissect it and see all the parts? How
> many kids will sit down and listen to Beethoven's Symphony No. 3
> "Eroica" and take the time to realize that its about Napoleon,
> or appreciate its glorious fanfares of Horn?! NOT MANY!

> I walked around my school one day, and I asked a lot of people if they had
> heard of Percy Aldridge Grainger, and they all said "no". Odd
> since less than one hundred years ago this man was the most famous concert
> pianist alive. Or Leonard Bernstein whom practically no one has heard of,
> despite the fact that he may have been the greatest conductor to ever
> live! It's sad really, but I get made fun of when I bring out the ol'
> manuscript paper and pencil.

> Another composer who really gets the shaft... James Barnes, have you ever
> heard his 3rd Symphony for Wind Band? Its amazing. In fact, I can't quite
> express my feelings for how much that touched me... do you know how many
> kids who would listen to that would say its boring because it has no
> words? Kids our age listen to punk rock and rap, and in both of those
> genre's most of the groups only know 4 chords or less... I had an entire
> lesson on how rock bands only know 4 chords... and why its those four
> chords. Yeah, less interesting I'd say... a lot less interesting, but it
> has words... so its more popular.

> The generation we belong is lazy and stupid. I hate it, I despise
> it in fact. Kids like you and me, and Brittanny up there are a rare breed
> anymore. And maybe its kids like us who can make the difference. I dunno,
> but it looks pretty hopeless from my vantage point. For every
> band/orchestra/choir nerd you have, you've got a thousand punk rockers
> waiting to take all of their glory.

> You know, I agree with you about "Nightmare", its a grand work
> of art, that exhibits all of the emotions we expect from a composer like
> Elfman. And I too hope to major in music, and hopefully gain a kind of
> fame that Grainger or Leonard Bernstein possessed, and if i'm truly lucky,
> I'll get to score films.

> Good Luck with your musical endevours, keep working hard!
Amuro

Appalachian State University's Wind Ensemble is playing James Barnes, "Third Symphony" next week. The bass clarinet solo is kicking my butt! I also played his clarinet piece called "Autumn Soliloquy" last semester for my studio. I love his work!




Comments in this Thread:     Expand >>
  • About age  (6057 views)
       Brittany - Friday, December 31, 2004, at 4:14 p.m.
    •    Re: About age  (5977 views)
         Amuro - Wednesday, January 5, 2005, at 9:34 a.m.
      •    Re: About age  (6117 views)
           TGP - Sunday, January 9, 2005, at 9:49 p.m.
        •    Re: About age  (5694 views)
             Jack - Sunday, October 28, 2007, at 3:13 a.m.
        •    Re: About age  (6162 views)
             Amuro - Tuesday, January 11, 2005, at 9:53 a.m.
          •      James Barnes  (7627 views)    We're Here
               Erica Shelton - Wednesday, April 12, 2006, at 4:02 p.m.
        •    Re: About age  (5819 views)
             TGP - Sunday, January 9, 2005, at 9:50 p.m.


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