John Williams says that Star Wars Episode IX is his last Star Wars score.

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  1. PaulKTF

    PaulKTF Forum Resident Thread Starter

  2. cboldman

    cboldman Forum Resident

    Hamilton, OH USA
    John Williams to quit scoring 'Star Wars' films - NME

    There are some additional quotes from Williams in this NME article. He says he hasn’t seen many of the films he’s scored, and considers some of the scores uninteresting.

    People may find it surprising that he has little desire to listen to his old work, but I can appreciate where he’s coming from.
  3. ElevatorSkyMovie

    ElevatorSkyMovie Forum Resident

    He is getting up there in age. Over 80?
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  4. PaulKTF

    PaulKTF Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Yeah, he's 86. :)
  5. digdug67

    digdug67 Forum Resident

    Hockley, TX
    Lazy bum!
  6. PaulKTF

    PaulKTF Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Yeah, no work ethic there! :)
  7. John Harchar

    John Harchar Forum Resident

    New Jersey
    You mean he's never seen Daddy-O? He's missed out on Dick Contino slapping an apple demanding "I want an answer!" Did he write Rock Candy?
  8. SixOClockBoos

    SixOClockBoos Forum Resident

    Well considering how Disney is milking Star Wars franchises now, it' be best for John to back out after the new trilogy is done IMO.
  9. Beatmaniac

    Beatmaniac Forum Resident

    No kidding. The last one was so bad I'm not even interested in Star Wars anymore :cry:
  10. PaulKTF

    PaulKTF Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Have you seen Episode 1?

    ...Don't see Episode 1. :)
  11. Claus

    Claus Foodie

    Good decision, one of the worst soundtracks!
  12. sleeptowin

    sleeptowin Active Member

    Episode 1 is a masterpiece compared to the latest disaster.
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  13. 16s

    16s Well-Known Member

    Whole heartedly agree!
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  14. SixOClockBoos

    SixOClockBoos Forum Resident

    I didn't see the latest film. I was invited to go watch it with a few friends back when it first came out, but I decided not to go and I regret it (for other reasons not related to the film). But anyways, I didn't actively pay attention to when I watched Episode 7 for the first time so I most likely wouldn't watch Episode 8 on my free time considering how I think the series should have ended after Episode 3 was made.
  15. MaestroDavros

    MaestroDavros Forum Resident

    D.C. Metro Area
    I think the only times he listen to his scores these days is when he works on soundtrack reissues with companies like La-La Land Records (who do tend to get composer involvement/approval where possible).

    Anyways this news is sad, but expected. Despite my love for his compositions, I have found his recent Star Wars scores to be quite bland and forgettable. The fact that there are far more hummable moments in the prequels than the sequel trilogy is troubling. Say what you will about the prequels as a whole, but I think most would agree that the scores were quite interesting and experimental; bridging influences from across the globe with great success. The sequel trilogy however sounds like he's trying to make it sound like the original trilogy, but without the energy he then had. A real shame.
  16. gojikranz

    gojikranz Forum Resident

    I recall seeing a interview with him where he was talking about having scored all 9 films and saying he didn't know of any other composers who had done so many movies in a series. guess he forgot about john barry and bond and even more so akira ifukube and Godzilla guess when IX comes out in 2019 Williams will have the longest time period between his first and last scores for a series one more year than ifukube.

    any other series with 9 or more films by one composer out there?
  17. Chris C

    Chris C Music was my first love and it will be my last!

    I have two words for Sir John Williams and those are simply, THANK YOU.

    John has provided so much movie and TV music in my lifetime, he is clearly my Lennon & McCartney's of "soundtracks". From those great season changing themes from "Lost In Space" to almost every great movie that have really mattered in my life, John Williams has been behind the scoring. At 57 years old I have no earthly use for new "Star Wars" movies anymore. The characters, the plots, Jar Jar Binks, just don't matter to me anymore, but, I will still listen to the soundtrack, just to see what John has done to even outdo himself and he often succeeds.

    As an example, here is the finale of "The Force Awakens". To hear that great John Williams magic, one only needs to listen to the final minute of this piece and realize just how important, just a few of his simple notes, can stay with you forever and still tug at your heart. Just amazing ...

    John, whatever you decide to do, soundtrack wise, my deepest thanks for all that you've already done!
  18. nodeerforamonth

    nodeerforamonth Forum Resident

    San Diego,CA USA
    I think you need to go back and watch Episode 1 again. It must have been awhile.
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  19. scotty j.

    scotty j. Forum Resident

    Columbia, MO, US
    I have been slowly showing my kids each movie in the series for the first time and we watched Phantom Menace about two weeks ago. I hadn’t seen it years and during the first ten minutes I thought to myself, “This isn’t so bad.”

    And then Jar Jar came on the screen and it was every bit as bad as I remembered.
  20. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    *sniff*-*sniff* Iiii smell a boxxxx seettttt...! 23 different flavors!
  21. YardByrd

    YardByrd Forum Resident

    As a 9-year-old in '77, was the perfect auduence for the film... waited in line opening day for both Empire and Return... interested in Phantom Menace when it came out, but not surprised at how awful it was... saw rest of trilogy, hoping for some redemption... no luck... avoiding new movies but must say, my 4-year-old has me watching and enjoying the Rebels cartoon...
  22. ribonucleic

    ribonucleic Forum Resident

    SLC UT
    For the love of God, he's done more than 100 of them. Cut him some slack!
  23. yasujiro

    yasujiro Forum Resident

    Seriously, his scores for SW ep.1 and2 are genuine masterpieces in every respect.
    And his scores up to 2005 (War of the Worlds, Sayuri) show no clue of aging at all.
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  24. TLMusic

    TLMusic Musician & record collector

    Some one posted a YouTube video with a condensed orchestral score of "Star Wars (Main Title)". The person who created and input the condensed score comments that the piece is almost as complex as The Poem of Ecstasy (Scriabin). Practically no other movie soundtrack music has anywhere near this level of intricacy.

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  25. yasujiro

    yasujiro Forum Resident

    From SW ep.1, it is the incredible tour de force in composing for orchestra.

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