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Comments about the soundtrack for Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (John Williams)

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Re: Fantastic Score
• Posted by: Roman Dlouhý   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, April 5, 2002, at 1:52 a.m.
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• In Response to: Fantastic Score (Jango)

> Are we listening to the same soundtrack???????

> This is one of the best Star Wars soundtracks I have heard. John is well
> on form ...I think it maybe due to you lack of imagination.


I am confident that you both guys are listening to the same soundtrack, all the more coming from the same guy John Williams.

Upon series of valued rare and occasional discussions with my buddy players of our city's Chamber Orchestra, and I realized I share their opinion to certain extent (I don't have their musical knowledge and can't seem to see some musical associations in Williams music to other composers they see because they perform their music so they know), because they told me that the older the composers turn (in general), the more their compositions become harder to grasp after first few listenings and even harder to memorize (it's like turn from Felix Mendelssohn's canorousness to enviable Edward Elgar's subtle terseness), which may be that unwilling drawback for the composer known for memorable themes, suddenly leading him to inevitable "ebb tide" of the fans. But on the other hand, past has proven they make their music immune to aging and less momentary. Time will tell whether Williams could be spoken of in these regards some day.

Maybe it's unprofessional from Williams to be branching off of his beautiful and melic tunes that earned him 4 Oscars and countless other awards, maybe he oughtn't be ignoring the fact that in the past years he was what he's been loved for and we want him to be the way till the final baton sweep. Just take notice to the fact Christian is sometimes mentioning when reviewing compilation soundtracks with his material presented on it (most currently Oscar medley). He speaks of overly being tired of this and that theme that he listens to again, where hearing Indiana Jones fanfare or E.T's flying theme shouldn't exceed a certain number of listens. But weren't these already marked as "tiresome" themes gathering 5-star appraisals for Williams on this and other Internet sites unanimously? I dare guarantee you that what majority of fans want Williams to continue doing is to conjure up a beautiful memorable theme to earn him positive reviews and satisfied fans allover the Globe, only to likely declass it as being warmed-over after some 20 years of listening to it, like "Why should I put this in again when no one hardly listens to it an longer? I have other newer scores to enjoy".

That's what I think Williams successfully eschews doing with his past couple of scores (with known popular exceptions). We may not want him to be this way nowadays, but it could happen we may appreciate it in the future.

Everyone missteps, some of the Williams' scores being no exception. There are poor scores to be found in his career, I agree. But I don't think Williams has completely lost his craft to enchant us. But I only worry it might be too late one day that we admit that he KNEW how to write good music...

I have this intrusive feeling that "Attack of the Clones" will be festooned not more than four stars by Filmtracks, but hopefully not less than 1 ... :-)


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