Ep. 130 - John Williams' 'Born on the Fourth of July'
Based on Books • Biography, Drama, Music, War, 02-Feb-2022
Who can forget the 1989 film directed by Oliver Stone? Based on the 1976 autobiography by Ron Kovic, it goes down in cinematic history as one of the most riveting anti-war film sever made.
The score was produced, composed, and conducted by John Williams, who agreed to work on the film after watching a rough cut. Williams stated, "I knew immediately I would want a string orchestra to sing in opposition to all the realism on the screen, and then the idea came to have a solo trumpet – not a military trumpet, but an American trumpet, to recall the happy youth of [Kovic]." Timothy Morrison, a member of the Boston Pops Orchestra, performs the trumpet solo.
Where to watch: https://letterboxd.com/film/born-on-the-fourth-of-july/
Listen to the score: https://music.apple.com/us/album/suite-from-born-on-the-fourth-of-july-i-theme-from/1046364912?i=1046364932
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