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  1. But would we even know of the source material... were it not for the composer?
    A butterfly thinks therefore I am
  2. Martijn wrote
    is it so beautiful because of the composer....or the source material?

    You raise such a good question, Martijn. I have contemplated a similar one in a different context as well.

    Is a piece of music enjoyable in every rendition of it, or are there better and bad versions.

    I got back to this idea, when I decided I wanted to buy the reworked Four Seasons by Richter, but as my father had the original Vivaldi piece, but I don't, I thought I'd buy a version of the original at the same time.
    But which version to buy. It has been recorded so many times, and the interpretations are always slightly different.

    And som sould searching leaves me at a poit where I have to confess I am quite 'lazy' and I like 'the song' better than the interpretation (except when it comes to my favorite pieces of classical music, then I do have my favorite renditions, and I can be quite picky about them...).
    But overall, if the melody, if the content for lack of a better word, appeals to me, I don't really mind the execution (I know, lazy, lazy me).

    But I absolutely don't have this attitude when it comes to books. A book to me is only good if its content is delivered in a good writing style.
    For me the best (worst) example of this is the first Twilight book.

    A couple of years ago, I wanted to know what all the pooha was about so I set out to read the damn book. My sister, a published writer of teenage literature herself, warned my that it was badly written. I thought she was exagerating.
    She wasn't.
    I wouldn't call the story original or even good, but well, let's just say it's a story, and if written in a proper style, let's say it would be an easy-to-read, fluffy teen book.
    But now, the book is so badly written, I found it really hard to finish. I so wanted to contact Stephanie Meyer and give her contact details of a local writing course...
    So there for me style ruined content (well not that there was that much content to ruin, but you catch my drift).

    So do you guys also need a mix of content and style? And do you also have that for music as much as for books (or maybe for you it's the other way around)?

    I'm looking forward to hearing your sides of this.
    Recognizing somebody else's strength doesn't diminish your own (Joss Whedon)
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      CommentAuthorMartijn
    • CommentTimeSep 9th 2012
    franz_conrad wrote
    But would we even know of the source material... were it not for the composer?


    For Tallis, you raise an interesting point.
    For Purcell, you raise a questionable point.
    For Vivaldi, you raise a ludicrous point.

    wink
    'no passion nor excitement here, despite all the notes and musicians' ~ Falkirkbairn
  3. I actually agree with all the charges. In 300 years though... who knows. (Unlikely, I grant you that, but... well, it is a thought experiment.)
    A butterfly thinks therefore I am
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      CommentAuthorDemetris
    • CommentTimeMar 16th 2013
    New Max Richter: Wadjda

    http://www.amazon.fr/Wadjda-Mansours-Or … ef=mb_oe_o
    Love Maintitles. It's full of Wanders.
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      CommentAuthorDemetris
    • CommentTimeMay 11th 2013
    He's been very busy lately, here are updates on all of his new scores:

    Max-scored films at Cannes

    Three films scored by Max have been selected for this year’s Cannes Festival.

    The Congress, Max and Ari Folman’s (Waltz with Bashir) latest collaboration, opens the Director’s Fortnight. The film combines live action and animated material, and stars Robin Wright and Harvey Keitel. It’s based on the cult sci-fi novel The Futurological Congress by Stanislaw Lem (Solaris).

    Last Days on Mars, the debut feature film from Oscar-nominated Irish director Ruairí Robinson, also screens in the Director’s Fortnight. The sci-fi thriller, in which a group of astronaut explorers succumb, one by one, to a mysterious force while collecting specimens on Mars, stars Live Schreiber and Romola Garai.

    Finally, Ritesh Batra’s debut directorial feature The Lunchbox, starring Irrfan Khan (Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi) tells an intimate and fascinating story centred on a mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system. The film premieres at the Critics’ Week.

    http://bit.ly/153vPgM
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      CommentAuthorDemetris
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2013
    New richter details and preview:

    CONGRESS

    Here's the trailer for Ari Folman's new film The Congress, which features an original score by Max. The film opens the Director's Fortnight at Cannes this week.

    http://bit.ly/10V7yRa
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      CommentAuthorDemetris
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2013
    It's http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0284369/?ref … r#Director (Ari Folman's latest, the director of Waltz with Bashir).
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      CommentAuthorDemetris
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2013 edited
    Also two other new films: this man's busy this year!


    the nun
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2215221/
    White night
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2753288/
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      CommentAuthorBregt
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2013
    Aha! That's unusual for him.
    Kazoo
  4. Scratch two off. According to the site of a guy who works on his scores a lot, "The Congress" started recording in 2011, and "The Nun" was listed to be recorded in late September, 2012.

    So, it just looks like one new project, "White Night".
    The views and opinions of Ford A. Thaxton are his own and do not necessarily reflect the ones of ANYONE else.
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      CommentAuthorDemetris
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2013
    The Lunchbox, and last days on mars, and everything else since it's 2013-released, no matter when they were recorded...
    Love Maintitles. It's full of Wanders.
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      CommentAuthorDemetris
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2014
    Max Richter, from facebook.com

    We are delighted to formally announce Max's new partnership with the prestigious and world's oldest classical music label, Deutsche Grammophon in Berlin. This collaboration includes Deutsche Grammophon's re-release of Max's renowned solo albums, Infra, 24 Postcards in Full Color, Songs from Before and The Blue Notebooks as well as a new recording of Memoryhouse this September. Further, Max's recomposition of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons will be re-released with an exclusive performance film and interactive app this Spring along with new releases in the pipeline for next year. It is an incredibly special time for Max, please stay close for more announcements regarding this exciting collaboration.


    Richter left Fatcat records and signed with Deutsche Grammophon. This, imo, signifies big things to come and change in style which can only make me happy. Vivaldi Re-composed was marvelous.
    Love Maintitles. It's full of Wanders.
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeMar 18th 2014
    Excellent news. He's one of the most interesting composers today -- in a similar category as Goldenthal, in a way.
    I am extremely serious.
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      CommentAuthorDemetris
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd 2014
    New score http://filmmusicreporter.com/2014/08/29 … -of-youth/
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      CommentAuthorDemetris
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2014
    Lots of new projects:

    Max has scored Andrea Di Stefano's film starring Benicio Del Toro as Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and Josh Hutcherson as a young American surfer thrust into Escobar's inner circle. "An impressive debut" -The Hollywood Reporter.

    Max has provided the score for the Heyday and BBC Films production of Testament of Youth, a searing story of love and war premiering on October 14th at the Centrepiece Gala supported by the Mayor of London at the 58th BFI London Film Festival. The film is based on Vera Brittain’s memoir and is directed by James Kent and starring Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Hayley Atwell, Emily Watson and Dominic West.
    Love Maintitles. It's full of Wanders.
  5. Promotional video featuring Max Richter by Native Instruments.
    Bach's music is vibrant and inspired.
  6. My review of MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS, for anyone who's interested:

    https://moviemusicuk.us/2018/12/19/mary … x-richter/

    Jon