Richard Stoltzman guest stars with the Boston Pops, conducted by John Williams. A quote in the end of the cadenza gets a nice reaction!
@ 1:48 :) Happy Star Wars Day!
John Williams: “Snowspeeder Rescue” from The Empire Strikes Back
John Williams: “Reflections”, from Seven Years in Tibet, cello, Yo-Yo Ma
John Williams: Excerpt from Omaha Beach, from Saving Private Ryan.
This score has so many beautiful and striking moments it was difficult to choose which one to share on this Memorial Day.
I decided on choosing this particularly brief excerpt because I believe Williams’ is nodding here to Friedhofer’s WWII score for “The Best Years of Our Lives” (listen here on an earlier post). Williams places this small quote, in Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, after the D-Day Invasion of Normandy as a condolence writer finds the three Ryan brothers’ death notices back on American soil. The music draws a line not only to Friedhofer, but also to Copland, the “Americana” sound, the military “Taps”, and beyond. It also deepens the translation of the scene by adding layers meaning between the two films.
I highly recommend both films, not only out of their respect to depicting the soldiers who fought, but also the reality they faced both in and out of the battlefields.
Williams: Theme From The Accidental Tourist (via martyprod2)
Williams: Pod Racing from Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Williams: “Main Theme” from The Poseidon Adventure (via 71superbee3)
From 0:36 on, you have no idea how often this is in my head.
Williams: “Out to Sea/ Shark Cage Fugue” Boston Pops dir. John Williams (via Okeanos1213)
Going to Utapau by John Williams from Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
Another Happy Landing by John Williams from Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
Boys into Battle (with Film Percussion) by John Williams. From the opening scene (Battle over Coruscant) of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith.
Launch of the Escape Pod by John Williams (from Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope)
Happy Birthday to Maestro John Williams!
Great Performances Opening Titles by John Williams (by ThirteenWNET)