Here I am playing a theme from John Williams' latest score for The Book Thief while a real book thief breaks into my apartment and steals all my books:
My last (and greatest to date) music video filmed in my big luxurious Daegu apartment is Joe Hiasiahi's expertly crafted theme for an NHK documentary about genes called Gene:
"Benjamin and Daisy" from Alexandre Desplat's beautiful score for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button:
John Williams' fantastic militaristic march for Darth Vader sounds really nice slowed down a bit on my keyboard, guitar, and Roland Ax-Synth:
A very beautiful theme from John Williams' briliant War Horse score spoiled by a horrible horrible video. It seemed like a good idea at time:
A big thank you to Battlestar composer Bear McCreary for awarding my "Roslin and Adama for 3 Peters" video a very special "What the Frak" Award! It truely made my day, week, month, and year to read his colorful thoughts on my video^^. I was truly honored and touched to learn that a composer whose music has given me some much pleasure took the time to comment on my amateur endeavor:
Here is the offending video, and it's not nearly as bad as I remember it... or is it?
My first Alexandre Desplat piece is the charming and beautifully crafted theme from The King's Speech. I liked it when I first heard it and playing only increased my enjoyment and appreciation of the piece. I did; however, take some liberties with the arrangement, simplifying it where necessary. You'll notice my right hand stops playing the piano at the 45 second mark until the main theme returns^^. The right hand part for those bars isn't difficult, but I just couldn't get my hands working together. I needed another week or two of practice, but I was eager to start working on my next pieces....
February 1: I began February by listening to "Streets of Manhatten", the opening piece from Superman 3 by Ken Thorn, which incorporates snippets of John Williams' theme from the original film. But most of the piece is Ken Thorn's own music and it's a very fun upbeat piece complete with classical flourishes. A nice piece to start a day on. Next up was Spirited Away (the OST and Image Album) which I Iistened to while walking to and from work, noticing for the first time some very beautiful moments and nice variations particularly in the Image Album.
January 1 – 11: The music of Alexandre Desplat started this year of 2012 off musically in the Australian city of Adelaide. A browse through a music store there resulted in my revisiting Desplat’s score for The King’s Speech (2010), which features a lovely piano theme, a piece I definitely will try playing sometime very soon. This is what I'm talking about:
My last duet of the year, recorded December 31, was Elmer Bernstein's simplified arrangement for his theme from To Kill A Mocking Bird. It was very satisfying to be finally able to - after 18 months of playing piano - take a crack at a piece by one of my favorite composers, albeit a simplified arrangement: