Monday, November 28, 2005

Let's Geisha Up With Johnny Williams!

John Williams is having a prolific year. By the end of this year, he will have scored 4 extremely high-profile films and in January he will be nominated at least once for an Academy Award. The award tidbit you can take to the bank! But, unless his score to Munich is a Grand-Slam he will not win and that has more to do with the fact he's already won 5 than the quality of who he'll be up against. His 2005 resume goes like this....

In May he put music to pictures in a Star Wars film for the last time, in what was an extremely satisfying end to a work that has spanned almost 30 years. If there were any justice he would receive some sort of Honorary Oscar for the achievement of the six Star Wars scores as one composition. When listened to in one sitting they are a sonic masterpiece that will never be matched in film history.

In June he and Steven Spielberg teamed up for the 21st time with War Of The Worlds, where he blended paranoia, familial heartache and Bernard Herrmann. The result was brilliant, a score that never overpowered and never felt over the top or too "Williams".

Those two scores were fine additions to his catalogue, but with Memoirs of a Geisha Williams truly seems to be hitting critical mass. It is haunting, sweeping, beautiful and epic and completely accessible to anyone who enjoys music. Williams brings Itzhak Perlman and Yo Yo Ma along for the ride, which makes for a meeting of three certified geniuses and it is a marvel. Perlman's solos are heartbreaking and Yo Yo Ma's work is so thick and dense, it's as if you're walking through a musical forest. Until now I had no interest in seeing the film. This score has changed all of that for me and now I have to see the pictures that meet with these notes. Here are three tracks off of the album. Do yourself a favor and pick it up at your local record store, you will not be disappointed. Enjoy!

Going To School - John Williams

The Chairman's Waltz - John Williams

Sayuri's Theme And The End Credits - John Williams

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