On Music: My Top 10 John Williams ‘Star Wars’ Themes

I have been a fan of John Williams’ symphonic scores ever since I saw the original Star Wars – aka Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope – in the autumn of 1977[1] For me, Williams’ swashbuckling, neo-Romantic themes and action cues sold the rest of George Lucas’s out-of-this-world space-fantasy about “a boy, a girl,Continue reading “On Music: My Top 10 John Williams ‘Star Wars’ Themes”

On Music: Happy 89th Birthday, John Williams!

Hi, there, Dear Reader! It’s early afternoon here in New Hometown, Florida on Monday, February 8, 2021. Currently, the temperature is 75˚F (24˚C) under cloudy skies; with the wind blowing from the east at 8 MPH (13 KM/H) and humidity at 69%, the feels-like temperature is 75˚F (24˚C). The rest of the day will seeContinue reading “On Music: Happy 89th Birthday, John Williams!”

Music Album Review: ‘Saving Private Ryan: 20th Anniversary Limited Edition’

In 2018, La-La Land Records released Saving Private Ryan: 20th Anniversary Limited Edition, a commemorative – and slightly updated – reissue of John Williams’ 1998 soundtrack featuring most of his score for Steven Spielberg’s widely-acclaimed World War II drama set amidst the backdrop of the June 6, 1944 Normandy landings and the first week ofContinue reading “Music Album Review: ‘Saving Private Ryan: 20th Anniversary Limited Edition’”

Music Album Review: ‘Saving Private Ryan: Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’

On July 21, 1998, Dreamworks Records – the now defunct label founded by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen in 1996 as a subsidiary to their film studio Dreamworks SKG – released Saving Private Ryan: Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, a one-hour-long soundtrack album with music composed and conducted by John Williams.Continue reading “Music Album Review: ‘Saving Private Ryan: Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’”

On Music: My 10 Favorite Non-Star Wars Themes by John Williams

I have been a fan of composer/conductor John Williams since I first watched Star Wars in a crowded theater in October of 1977 at the Concord Mall in South Florida. I didn’t know it at the time – I was a 14-year-old at the time and rarely paid attention to the “Music by” credits inContinue reading “On Music: My 10 Favorite Non-Star Wars Themes by John Williams”

Digital Music Album Review: ‘John Williams Live in Vienna: John Williams/Wiener Philharmoniker/Anne-Sophie Mutter’

On August 14, Berlin-based Deutsche Grammophon (DG) – now part of Universal Music Group – released John Williams – Live in Vienna in digital and physical media (compact disc, compact disc + Blu-ray, and vinyl LP). This new album – as well as the filmed concert – marks the first time that Maestro Williams conductsContinue reading “Digital Music Album Review: ‘John Williams Live in Vienna: John Williams/Wiener Philharmoniker/Anne-Sophie Mutter’”

Music Concert Video Review: ‘John Williams: Live in Vienna (Limited Deluxe Edition CD + Blu-ray)

John Williams/ Wiener Philharmoniker/ Anne-Sophie Mutter John Williams – Live in Vienna (Limited Deluxe Edition CD + Blu-ray) On August 14, 2020, Deutsche Grammophon (a Berlin-based subsidiary of Universal Music Group and the oldest surviving recording company in the world) released John Williams/ Wiener Philharmoniker/ Anne-Sophie Mutter John Williams – Live in Vienna (Limited DeluxeContinue reading “Music Concert Video Review: ‘John Williams: Live in Vienna (Limited Deluxe Edition CD + Blu-ray)”

Music Album Review: ‘Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

On Tuesday, May 3, 2005, Sony Classical released Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, a 73-minutes-long album featuring 15 selections from composer John Williams’ musical score for the sixth installment of the Star Wars Skywalker Saga. The 1-CD album, which was produced by Maestro Williams and mixed byContinue reading “Music Album Review: ‘Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack”

Music Album Review: ‘Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’

On April 23, 2002 – 23 days before George Lucas’s Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones hit theaters in wide release – Sony Classical released Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, a 13-track[1] selection of themes and action cues composed and conducted by John Williams. LikeContinue reading “Music Album Review: ‘Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’”

Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, October 21, 2020, or: Morning Potpourri

Greetings, Dear Reader. It’s mid-morning here in New Hometown, Florida on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. The current temperature outside is 72˚F (22˚C) under mostly sunny skies. With humidity at 89% and the wind blowing from the east at 7 MPH (11 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is also 72˚F (22˚C). The forecast for the rest ofContinue reading “Musings & Thoughts for Wednesday, October 21, 2020, or: Morning Potpourri”