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 Posted:   Jul 3, 2014 - 10:10 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

WASHINGTON (AP) — American composer-conductor John Williams is debuting a new arrangement of "The Star-Spangled Banner," featuring choirs, trumpets, an orchestra and cannons on the National Mall for the nation's birthday.

Usually a soloist performs the national anthem for the annual "Capitol Fourth" celebration in Washington. But this year, the acclaimed composer will lead the National Symphony Orchestra, the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, the Joint Armed Forces Chorus and the Choral Arts Society of Washington in performing a special new arrangement.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the national anthem. It was in September 1814 when Francis Scott Key was inspired by the sight of the flag over Baltimore's Fort McHenry after a 25-hour British bombardment.

"A Capitol Fourth" will be broadcast Friday at 8 p.m. on PBS and NPR.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 3, 2014 - 10:21 PM   
 By:   Mike_H   (Member)

featuring choirs, trumpets, an orchestra and cannons.

Cannons? 'Boom-Tzz' indeed!

 
 Posted:   Jul 3, 2014 - 11:50 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

I just saw it linked on the Drudge Report. I pretty much never expect to see a well known composer linked in the news or any provider unless he's passed away, or dies in something like a freak poodle accident.
"John Williams to debut new version of 'The Star-Spangled Banner'..."

 
 Posted:   Jul 4, 2014 - 1:29 AM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

The Patriot, Part II.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 4, 2014 - 4:26 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

LOL!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 4, 2014 - 4:57 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

If Williams gets some fat guy to squeal 'the name's Wild Bill Kelso, and don't you forget it'
after the last canon boom, I reckon he will have just about nailed it.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 4, 2014 - 4:58 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

dp

 
 Posted:   Jul 4, 2014 - 6:07 AM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

Eggs scrambled like I. English is that but know we as it not. Ears to the Music!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 4, 2014 - 7:49 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

I wonder if JW will make as good as job of it as the Mael brothers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XD4SL6uwFqc

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 4, 2014 - 9:21 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

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That's all very well....in theory!

 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2014 - 7:21 AM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

Here, you figure this out:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=OO7qIIaaGIM

 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2014 - 8:11 AM   
 By:   ST-321   (Member)

Thanks for sharing the link!

 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2014 - 9:30 AM   
 By:   Mark Langdon   (Member)

It's very rare that I ever criticise John Williams, but that was incredibly OTT. If it was meant to be a satirical parody of overblown patriotism I'd say it was very clever, but I'm pretty certain it was supposed to be sincere. It was so lacking in subtlety, it could easily be used in a Michael Bay film.

 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2014 - 11:55 AM   
 By:   Shaun Rutherford   (Member)

It's very rare that I ever criticise John Williams, but that was incredibly OTT. If it was meant to be a satirical parody of overblown patriotism I'd say it was very clever, but I'm pretty certain it was supposed to be sincere. It was so lacking in subtlety, it could easily be used in a Michael Bay film.

I think he's even re-arranged the piece before, but it seems like it's part of a tradition, Williams and the 4th. This is just what they did this year. They ask, he says yes, he does the arrangement. I doubt Williams came to them and said, "You know that new sound you've been looking for? Well, listen to THIS!"

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2014 - 12:09 PM   
 By:   forty-one   (Member)

I thought it a fine, stirring rendition.

 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2014 - 12:36 PM   
 By:   JeffM   (Member)

Where in the program did this take place? I saw some of it last night but not all.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2014 - 12:38 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

I actually like it. It reminds me of his two Olympics themes which start off low key and builds to a kind of exultation. And something so familiar in the US isn't easy to make new. If you can find something new in it that wont cross some basic lines of the melody and transgress meaning (you can't do a Hendrix here), you get a thumbs up from me.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2014 - 1:53 PM   
 By:   Yen Fai   (Member)

Where in the program did this take place? I saw some of it last night but not all.

He was the very first performance. After being introduced by Tom Bergeron, Williams spoke a bit, then stepped to the podium and conducted. It may have been my imagination, but the segment seemed a bit rushed, as if they wanted to get it out of the way to make time for the pop performers. Ah well, that's entertainment.

(I was pleased to see that Williams seems to be doing quite well health-wise.)

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 5, 2014 - 3:08 PM   
 By:   Bill in Portland Maine   (Member)

It's very rare that I ever criticise John Williams, but that was incredibly OTT. If it was meant to be a satirical parody of overblown patriotism I'd say it was very clever, but I'm pretty certain it was supposed to be sincere. It was so lacking in subtlety, it could easily be used in a Michael Bay film.

Well, it is a tune commemorating a battle during a war, so I'm not sure where subtlety plays into that. The assault on Fort McHenry was a noisy, flashy, banner-waving slugfest, and judging by Williams' rendition of the song, we kicked their asses. I love it.

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 Posted:   Jul 5, 2014 - 3:24 PM   
 By:   zooba   (Member)

I love John Williams. He basically did a military patriotic Intro that sounded very SAVING PRIVATE RYAN and then they got into the body of the song that everyone knows, Williams adding little flourishes here and there. Sort of like when an American Idol contestant sings a well known song but then they add their own personal riffs and voice things that make them sound like they have a great voice in between. I knew he wasn't going to rewrite the song, but he basically did what I'd thought he'd do. Add those John Williams things. He's the best. And then he gave it a big movie music ending of course. It kind of reminded me of Williams' Adaptation of the Sherman Bros. TOM SAWYER and how in "their" music, he added those "Williams" embellishments that we all know and love so much as pure John Williams and how he made the Sherman Bros. score soar!

God Bless America and God Bless John Williams.

I love how Tom Bergeron introduced him and so righteously so as America's greatest living composer!

 
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