Friday, 23 December 2016

john williams not watched star wars
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John Williams, the oxygen of Star Wars revealed to The Mirror in an interview that he hasn't actually watched a Star Wars movie:

"I let it go. I have not looked at the 'Star Wars' films and that's absolutely true," the 84-year-old composer said. "When I'm finished with a film, I've been living with it, we've been dubbing it, recording to it, and so on. You walk out of the studio and, 'Ah, it's finished.'"

"Now I don't have an impulse to go to the theater and look at it. Maybe some people find that weird," he added. "I'm not particularly proud of that, I have to say, but it's also part of the fact that I finished 'Star Wars' now and I'm already working on Spielberg's new film and I don't want to listen to music or see films."

The humble John Williams also talked about how he has to constantly work to achieve a level he finds acceptable and how it doesn't come naturally:

“​So I’m a composer of music and I look at Mozart and I look at Beethoven and Bach, the greatest organizers of sound that we’ve ever had, and you need to be humble when the shoulders that we stand on are so great.​  ​You hope that you’ve gotten 90% of it or as close to it as you can. But at least with me, and I think with most writers of any kind, you really don’t say “Eureka! This is it!”

"It’s work on this, come the next week and reshape it and do it–like honing away at it.  I’m not so brilliant that I can sit down and write a melody or a theme or a whole scene or a whole work as Mozart might have done.  Writing music is very, very hard work and for orchestra particularly. So it’s a labor-intensive thing. I have to be in a room alone all the time because that’s the life that it is."

I do think the interview was from last year as they state John Williams is 83 where in fact he is 84 and has resurfaced on their site due to the release of Rogue One (Michael Giacchino.)  It's still an interesting read.

The Mirror


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1 comment:

  1. Why is it such a big deal? I know many actors who have not even watched the movies they were cast in! And this is just a composer...

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