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 Posted:   Mar 13, 2014 - 10:19 PM   
 By:   Krakatoa   (Member)

Is there advance information on this new book coming out June 2014?

John Williams's Film Music: Jaws, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and the Return of the Classical Hollywood Music Style (Wisconsin Film Studies)
by
Emilio Audissino (Author)

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 14, 2014 - 3:59 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Could be interesting...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/John-Williamss-Film-Music-Classical/dp/0299297349/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1394794694&sr=1-3&keywords=john+williams+film+music

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2014 - 6:50 AM   
 By:   films1   (Member)

I have pre ordered this book , not sure about the content though ... i wonder if it is a published thesis ?

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2014 - 8:14 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I have pre ordered this book , not sure about the content though ... i wonder if it is a published thesis ?

It is.

We've seen many Williams books in recent years (most of them in Spanish, French and German), and ALL of them -- without exception -- have been some form of adaptation of a thesis.

That's fine and dandy, but I'm REALLY looking for a book written for its own sake, from scratch, in English. I aim to write one if no one beats me to it.

 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2014 - 9:42 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

Please do!

I also wonder if Williams himself might pen an autobiography.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2014 - 2:31 PM   
 By:   Ludwig van   (Member)

... I'm REALLY looking for a book written for its own sake, from scratch, in English. I aim to write one if no one beats me to it.

You should! I'd be the first to buy it.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2014 - 3:36 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

... I'm REALLY looking for a book written for its own sake, from scratch, in English. I aim to write one if no one beats me to it.

You should! I'd be the first to buy it.


Thanks! However, it wouldn't have the kind of in-depth musical terminology you require, I think. I'm just a layman when it comes to that. However, I've assembled so much biographical and works-related information over the years that hasn't been covered elsewhere, so it would have that. And aesthetic analyses based on music in context, of course.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2014 - 7:16 PM   
 By:   Ludwig van   (Member)

... I'm REALLY looking for a book written for its own sake, from scratch, in English. I aim to write one if no one beats me to it.

You should! I'd be the first to buy it.


Thanks! However, it wouldn't have the kind of in-depth musical terminology you require, I think. I'm just a layman when it comes to that. However, I've assembled so much biographical and works-related information over the years that hasn't been covered elsewhere, so it would have that. And aesthetic analyses based on music in context, of course.


The historical angle is exactly what I'm looking for. You can't find it anywhere and you've been collecting it for years. Sure, I can analyze, but I'm no historian. So it would be a real boon for me and many, many others I'm sure.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 15, 2014 - 9:33 PM   
 By:   itstownerman   (Member)

Please do!

I also wonder if Williams himself might pen an autobiography.



Don't you think..by now...now...John Williams would of done that..if He was the slightest interested.
Meeting him, and talking to Williams and knowing others that know Williams...He aint that type of dude.

 
 Posted:   Mar 16, 2014 - 2:10 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

... I'm REALLY looking for a book written for its own sake, from scratch, in English. I aim to write one if no one beats me to it.

You should! I'd be the first to buy it.


Thanks! However, it wouldn't have the kind of in-depth musical terminology you require, I think. I'm just a layman when it comes to that. However, I've assembled so much biographical and works-related information over the years that hasn't been covered elsewhere, so it would have that. And aesthetic analyses based on music in context, of course.


Where can I pre-order?

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 16, 2014 - 5:46 AM   
 By:   McD   (Member)

Spielberg would have directed or at least produced a documentary on Williams by now, if JW was up for it. He probably isn't.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 17, 2014 - 4:28 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

Sometimes, people can be TOO modest. smile

 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2014 - 12:03 PM   
 By:   Krakatoa   (Member)

On this date of the US theatrical debut of "Jaws" in 1975, it has been great fun reading this book.

 
 Posted:   Jun 21, 2014 - 6:38 AM   
 By:   WillGoldNewtonBarryGrusin   (Member)

Would you care to say more about this book?

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 21, 2014 - 10:30 AM   
 By:   eaudissino   (Member)

Hello everyone,

These are some words that Conrad Pope has shared about the book:



 
 Posted:   Nov 21, 2014 - 11:38 AM   
 By:   Krakatoa   (Member)

Hopefully this fascinating work will be the first in a series of books leading to whatever may turn out to be the definitive John Williams book, if one will suffice.

There are so many different angles to the John Williams story including the blockbuster film phenomenon, the crucial importance of the symphonic orchestra as the primary effective vehicle for film music ideas, the necessity of significant thematic material for truly memorable movie music, the unparalleled collaboration with Steven Spielberg and then there is the story of how the music to "Star Wars" (1977) quickly blasted out of the "Flash Gordon" pastiche that it initially was into a franchise of pure Archetype Myth beyond Epic proportions.

If someone can put all that and more into one book, that'll make one interesting read!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 21, 2014 - 1:04 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I am -- in fact -- working on one that is more biographical in nature and that will try to cover as much of his work as possible, but the definitive book will only be made once Williams allows an author to sit down with him and have lengthy conversations about his life and work. And he simply doesn't want to do that. And if he ever allowed such a thing, it would not be me, but probably Jon Burlingame or some such person.

Back on topic, I've been meaning to pick up Emilio's book for a while now, but never got around to it. Sorry!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 22, 2014 - 7:23 AM   
 By:   TownerFan   (Member)

I am -- in fact -- working on one that is more biographical in nature and that will try to cover as much of his work as possible, but the definitive book will only be made once Williams allows an author to sit down with him and have lengthy conversations about his life and work. And he simply doesn't want to do that. And if he ever allowed such a thing, it would not be me, but probably Jon Burlingame or some such person.

Back on topic, I've been meaning to pick up Emilio's book for a while now, but never got around to it. Sorry!



I would add that a good biographer should also talk and interview with the close collaborators of the subject. In case of Williams, it'd be essential to sit down with Spielberg, Lucas and other key collaborators (Ken Wannberg, John Neufeld, Shawn Murphy, several of the LA session players who played in countless of his film scores), but also fellow composers like André Previn and people from his family as well.

Williams is notoriously shy and reserved about all this, so it's likely that even the people close to him would want to respect his will about it. I agree that we'd need someone like Jon Burlingame, or a writer Williams has lots of respect to and maybe even a deal of friendship with, like Boston Globe's former music critic Richard Dyer.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 22, 2014 - 8:11 AM   
 By:   Mike West   (Member)

Having done a lot of research and having analyzed a lot scores by Williams for my "Diplomarbeit" in 2003/2004, and following everything which is published and released of and about JW,
I feel like I know a lot about him.

I also had plans to write a comprehensive book about his life and his compositional approach, how he constructs scenes and how certain visuals inspire him to compose certain musical languages, and already startet to form a structure for the book, name of chapters etc., I wanted to that with a friend who is like me also composer (concert music) and now becoming also like me a conductor.
We also managed to get a lot of orginal complete scores.
But due to our every day life we could not carry on to proceed it.

The Book by Audissino is fine, for my taste it is too superficial when it comes to make Williams' music transparent and look how it is constructed.

But I like how he really accounts for music in the golden age and also accounts for Williams being a firm traditionalist in that sense.

Definitely a must have for fans of golden age scores, John Williams, and the sinfonic Hollywood style.

I think the biographical information are very detailed, more detailed than anything you can find in the internet.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 22, 2014 - 8:29 AM   
 By:   KonstantinosZ   (Member)

Hello Mike. I didn't know about your - thesis is it?
I'm doing my doctoral dissertation on Williams from a purely musicological approach, and more specifically his thematic construction.

From what angle is your study?
I'd love to read it but I guess it isn't in English?
Anyhow, I'd like to include it in the preliminary chapter with a list of academic studies on Williams..

 
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