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A wonderful late blossom from maestro Williams
on 28 January 2014
First of all, I have a confession to make. My name is not John Williams. I use it as a tribute for my favorite composer, maestro Williams.
Now onto the music. The Book Thief is to Williams, what the late violin concertos are to Beethoven. Music that represents a composer in his prime and also at the later part of his career who now can do anything because he has reached such a high level of talent and virtousity that it seems music comes to him as easily as breathing.
The Book Thief is not the best piece John Williams has ever written. Nor should it be. Let's admit it, he has given us so many classic movie scores, that one can hardly count them. He's had a career like no other composer, and in his 80s the Maestro now seeks something intimate and emotional, where he can utilize his broad and colourful melodic capacity, his rich orchestrations, and create something coming deeply from his heart, honest and raw emotions that are born in his mind and heart and soul. This is music that someone who has lived and seen and felt a great many things throughout his long and exciting life, managed to focus and transform into art.
The Book Thief is an unorthodox book in terms of storytelling concept, and I think there couldn't be found a more suitable composer for the task than Williams to accompany this unique and moving story.
The music is an amalgamation of some of his greatest earlier scores such as Memoirs of a Geisha, Schindler's list or any of his dramatic music from the past two decades. While this statement tells that the music of TBT is not completely new and original, It's actually a compliment, because all the aforementioned scores are now considered classics.
I sincerely hope that John Williams will write more scores in the future (I'm especially looking forward to the new Star Wars score), but no matter what, his score for The Book Thief could easily be a perfect swan song for one of the greatest (film) composers that ever lived.
If you enjoy film music written for full symphony orchestra with powerful orchestrations and hauntingly beautiful melodies, then the Book Thief by John Williams is a must have for you. Because sadly there are very few composers like him left out there. The genuine geniuses. And every new piece of music they write is treasure.
Get this CD and, like me, be grateful for the art of John Williams.