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Thread: Star Wars Medley - John Williams, arr. James Burden

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    Star Wars Medley - John Williams, arr. James Burden

    At our last concert we played a really nice arrangement by James Burden called, "Star Wars Medley" (John Williams). It has a nice solo for euphonium toward the end of the piece. It's Princess Leia's theme. When I first played it in rehearsal it wasn't all that good because I pictured Princess Leia in that skimpy costume with Jabba the Hutt and I lost my buzz. If interested here's a snippet of the concert recording:

    Star Wars Medley - Princess Leia's Theme:
    Last edited by RickF; 04-09-2019 at 05:53 PM.
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    Nice job! I never got to play that as a solo - we used the section, which is OK, too, but...

    How fast did you take the section coming up - the one with all the 16ths?
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    Funny you should ask Dave. Too fast for me. I had to leave a couple of measures out. My tongue just isn’t fast enough for 16th notes in cut time at that tempo.
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    Doug Elliott - 102 rim; I-cup; I-9 shank


    "Always play with a good tone, never louder than lovely, never softer than supported." - author unknown.
    Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches
    When the Saints Go Marching In (arr. Mashima) at ACB Conference Ft. Lauderdale
    Cell phone video of : El Cumbanchero:

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    Nice playing, Rick. Yes, I would probably lose my buzz, too. That's funny! I may get that piece for our group.
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  5. Sounds great! Do you have a recording of the full piece? I'm working on this piece with my wind band and have not found many high-quality recordings in the usual places.

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    Thanks guys.

    JVickers, I couldn’t find a great recording for our ‘listening files’ but Orion Concert Band was okay. I usually look for recording by military bands. That opening first chord is weird. Maybe a 9 chord? Not sure. I cut and pasted a different arr for the fanfare in the beginning

    Here’s a link to the one our band listened to:
    https://app.box.com/s/b3tl34169nxn5y0nqg24nf51g65e5xun

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    I meant Merion Concert Band
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    Rick Floyd
    Miraphone 5050 - Warburton Brandon Jones sig mpc
    YEP-641S (on long-term loan to grandson)
    Doug Elliott - 102 rim; I-cup; I-9 shank


    "Always play with a good tone, never louder than lovely, never softer than supported." - author unknown.
    Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches
    When the Saints Go Marching In (arr. Mashima) at ACB Conference Ft. Lauderdale
    Cell phone video of : El Cumbanchero:

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    Just a historical reference on that first strange chord pickup that starts the opening fanfare of the suite: Burden was the first to produce a medley of the Star Wars music, and had access to Williams' scores before the movie was released. On one of the special or anniversary releases of the soundtrack to A New Hope (first movie released in 1977) there are some alternate takes of the opening theme where this chord cluster upbeat can be heard. i think Williams decided that it didn't really work, and removed it from the final version, but his scores still referenced it when Burden created these arrangements for band and orchestra. I've played both settings a number of times over the years, and usually make a point of privately asking the conductor to drop that pickup. It has never worked successfully in any group I've played in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JVickers View Post
    Sounds great! Do you have a recording of the full piece? I'm working on this piece with my wind band and have not found many high-quality recordings in the usual places.
    This performance is pretty good: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iq-3...&start_radio=1
    John Morgan
    The U.S. Army Band (Pershing's Own) 1971-1976
    Adams E3 Custom Series Euphonium, Wessex EP-100 Dolce Euphonium, 1956 B&H Imperial Euphonium
    Adams TB1 Tenor Trombone, Yamaha YBL-822G Bass Trombone
    Wessex TE-360 Bombino Eb Tuba
    Rapid City New Horizons & Municipal Bands (Euphonium)
    Black Hills Symphony Orchestra (Bass Trombone), Powder River Symphony, Gillette, WY (Tenor Trombone)
    Black Hills Brass Quintet (Tuba)

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    Yeah John, that’s the one I was referring to. I remembered it as Orion, but it was Merion. We used that one with exception of the first 20 seconds or so from an orchestra version (same key and just brass fanfare). The finished sample is in the link I shared.
    Last edited by RickF; 04-14-2019 at 01:07 PM.
    Rick Floyd
    Miraphone 5050 - Warburton Brandon Jones sig mpc
    YEP-641S (on long-term loan to grandson)
    Doug Elliott - 102 rim; I-cup; I-9 shank


    "Always play with a good tone, never louder than lovely, never softer than supported." - author unknown.
    Symphonic Band of the Palm Beaches
    When the Saints Go Marching In (arr. Mashima) at ACB Conference Ft. Lauderdale
    Cell phone video of : El Cumbanchero:

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    I FINALLY found a recording of the USCG Band, from an alumni concert in the early 2000's:

    http://www.dwerden.com/SoundFiles/Mi...t-StarWars.mp3
    Last edited by davewerden; 04-16-2019 at 05:12 PM.
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
    Adams E3, Denis Wick 4AL (classic)
    Instructor of Euphonium and Tuba
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