The esteemed British conductor talks on his work as a specialist of Live to Picture concerts and his love and admiration for the music of John Williams
Hosted by Maurizio CaschettoContinue reading “Legacy Conversations: Ben Palmer”
Special podcast episode dedicated to John Williams’ iconic scores for the legendary film series, with a focus on the last work for the Saga, The Rise of Skywalker
Special guests: Doug Adams, Frank Lehman, Jim Ware
Hosted by Maurizio CaschettoContinue reading “Jedi Maestro: John Williams and the Music of Star Wars — Roundtable Discussion”
Exclusive podcast interview with soundtrack producer Mike Matessino on his restoration work for two lesser-known scores from John Williams’ filmography
Hosted by Maurizio Caschetto and Tim BurdenContinue reading “On Green Shores, Distant Lands, Farms and Rivers: Mike Matessino Talks ‘Far and Away’ and ‘The River’”
Legendary leader of Irish folk music group The Chieftains talks with The Legacy of John Williams about the collaboration with the Maestro on the score for Far and Away, recently released on a new expanded remastered edition by La-La Land Records.
Hosted by Tim BurdenContinue reading “Exclusive Interview: Paddy Moloney”
It’s #WilliamsWeek! Like last year, we celebrate the birthday of legendary composer John Williams for the whole week with a quote and a piece of music every day from today until February 8, the day in which the Maestro will turn 88. We want to celebrate him on this special occasion both with his words and his music, something that continues to be a great source inspiration for many musicians, listeners and music lovers all around the world.
Today, the focus is on the unique collaboration with his long-time artistic partner Steven Spielberg.Continue reading “#WilliamsWeek 2020: Day 1”
With The Rise of Skywalker, composer John Williams has completed his own musical cycle, putting the final coda on a rich musical glossary he started to work on 42 years earlier. When the composer wrote and recorded that film score in 1977, he couldn’t imagine how big the impact of his music would have been, and how long it would have resonated with audiences throughout the subsequent decades. As he told recently to film journalist and film music historian Jon Burlingame:
“Forty years ago, if you said to me, ‘Here’s a project, John, and I want you to write 25 hours of music,’ I would have dropped my pencil case and said, ‘It’s impossible. No one can do that,’”
Yet the composer was able to return to that musical world always with the same amount of enthusiasm, creativity, and devotion for all the subsequent scores he penned for the intergalactic space opera initiated by George Lucas, which now covers a time span of almost half of his life.
An exclusive podcast with soundtrack producer Mike Matessino on his restoration work for the Disaster Movie Soundtrack Collection – Music by John Williams, and the remastered expansions of Monsignor and Minority Report
Hosted by Maurizio Caschetto and Tim Burden
Continue reading “Symphony of Elements: Interview with Mike Matessino on the ‘Disaster Movie Soundtrack Collection’”
The internationally acclaimed violinist talks with The Legacy of John Williams about her collaboration with the composer and their stunning recording project Across The Stars, featuring all-new arrangements of Williams’ iconic film themes rewritten especially for her.
by Maurizio Caschetto
A chronological overview of the Maestro’s early works for the concert hall in the 1960s and 1970s, including his almost-unknown Symphony No. 1
by Maurizio Caschetto
The term “film composer” might be useful when referring to the work and career of John Williams. But, in his case, it would be also extremely reductive. While it’s true that the Maestro dedicated much of his artistic life to work for the Hollywood film industry, he has always showed a great deal of versatility, typical of musicians who don’t limit themselves just to one single area. Pianist, jazzman, arranger and, in the end, composer of works for films and the concert stage, Williams diversified his artistic output since the early days of his professional career, exploring different sides of his musical personality. Looking at him this way, it can be said without being proven wrong that he perfectly embodies the creative breadth of the 20th century composer and musician.Continue reading “John Williams’s Journey into the Concert Hall”