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17th-May-2004 12:16 pm
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I'm listening to the PoA soundtrack as I type...  and having something of a religious experience over the track which I assume is "Window to the Past"  *swoons*  and "Buckbeak's flight" is close behind. (as far as favourite themes on this soundtrack goes)  John Williams is a god.
 
What is it about music that it can have such a physical effect on you?  It can literally send me into a state of ecstasy.  Or am I just strange like that?  I know it used to affect my grandmother like this too (Strauss and Chopin particularly), so it's obviously a family trait.  I think my 13yo son has it too.  He came to me the other day when I had Riverdance playing, looking confused and concerned, and wanted to know why this music affected him so when other music didn't.  I told him it was his Celtic soul answering the call of the bodhran, but maybe it's more than that?  He loves bagpipes too, and I'll admit (somewhat shamefully) he hasn't had a lot of exposure to those from us. 
 
But what is it about a sweeping violin symphony or a harp that can reduce me to a wibbling puddle in a couple of phrases?
 
On an intellectual level I know it's probably no different to being able to draw, but I cannot for the life of me fathom how composers write music. Especially orchestral composers.  They don't just write one theme of music; they write a track for every instrument.  Do they hear it all in their heads first? 
I guess it's something I'll never comprehend, but I adore what they produce; it is food for the soul.
 
 
Comments 
16th-May-2004 09:36 pm (UTC)
Ooo, I don't think I could call John Williams music simple! But then, I am not ofey in the ways of music as such; I just know what I like. I can usually pick a John Williams score, but that's cos I generally know them all so well and can pick a repeated phrase in a flash. eg: There's a bit in this new one that I know from SW, and another bit that brings Indy to mind. And the end of track 7 on CoS is VERY like Han and Leia's theme from ESB. But I don't mind those; I kind of see them as little in-jokes between the composer and his fans.
Leonard Roseman on the other hand I don't like as much because all his stuff sounds the same.
Jerry Goldsmith is probably my favourite of the soundtrack composers.

And if you're a flute player you are going to LOVE this new one!!! "Window to the Past" is flute!! It makes you want to CRY!
16th-May-2004 09:41 pm (UTC)
I definitely wouldn't call his music simple. But I've heard it from people who weren't even musicians (singers not players). I mean, I would like them to play some of his music like "The asteroid field" from the ESB. If I was a string player, I think I would fly off the wall in that piece! :D

But his flute parts I love! And his music does make me cry!!!! I can't wait to hear it! I love Christmas at Hogwarts too. :)

I used to take the soundtrack to the ESB when I was doing my homework in 4th grade and listen to it in headphones. There are math problems all over the cover of the LP. :D

Didn't jerry goldsmith do the soundtrack to Poltergeist and I think (original) psycho?
16th-May-2004 09:49 pm (UTC)
Ooo, I'm not sure about those, but he did the first soundtrack I ever owned, which was 'Logan's Run' (VERY swoon-worthy). 'The Mummy' is one of his most recent, and 'Medicine Man' is another of his that I adore.
16th-May-2004 09:53 pm (UTC)
Just thought - Poltergeist would have been John Williams wouldn't it? Spielberg always uses Williams.
17th-May-2004 07:15 am (UTC)
http://www.musicfromthemovies.com/review.asp?ID=340

Weird huh?

Spielberg wrote it but Tobe Hooper directed it.
17th-May-2004 08:09 am (UTC)
Well there you go! I'd always thought of Poltergeist as a Spielberg film. :~P
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