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American journey
Williams, John, 1932-
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Publication Information:
[United States] : Sony Classical, [2002]

Physical Description:
1 audio disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
"Includes Call of the champions, the official theme song of the 2002 Olympic winter Games"--Insert.

Bonus track: Summon the heroes, written for the Centennial Celebration of the Modern Olympic Games, Atlanta, Georga, July 19, 1996.

Compact disc.

Program notes by Jackson Braider, inserted.
Call of the champions (5:00) -- American journey -- Song for world peace (4:42) -- Jubilee 350 (3:44) -- Mission theme (Theme for NBC News) (3:30) -- For New York (variations on themes of Leonard Bernstein) (3:03) -- Sound the bells (2:50) -- Hymn to New England (3:11) -- Celebrate discovery (3:49) -- Summon the heroes (6:16).
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Music CD


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If there's anyone who is close to being the United States' "national composer," it's got to be John Williams. He's the man who led the Boston Pops (U.S. national orchestra) for years and created the music for Star Wars, Superman, Jaws, Harry Potter, and pretty much every Steven Spielberg film ever made. So who do you call upon to create new Olympic fanfares? That's right, John Williams. His first foray into Olympiana came with a theme created for the 1984 Los Angeles games. Williams also created a soaring fanfare (which appears as a bonus track on this CD) called "Summon the Heroes" for the 1996 Atlanta games and has written a rousing piece that premiered as the official theme of the 2002 Winter Olympics. "Call of the Champions" opens the album on a gloriously rich and rewarding note. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir erupts with the call of "Citius, Altius, Fortius," only to be followed by full-blown orchestral fireworks. All the pieces on this CD feature blasts of trumpets, bombastic horns, and stirring string passages. These works go a long way in explaining why Williams appeals to both film score enthusiasts and the classical music crowd -- he can hit your gut and your intellect within the same composition. Along with the two Olympic pieces, another highlight is the premiere recording of the title work, "American Journey," a six-movement suite composed to accompany Steven Spielberg's turn-of-the-millennium tribute film. Divorced from the images and words it was written to accompany, the music still captures the power and depth of feeling evident in the American century. Rounded out with premier recordings of several shorter pieces, this album makes for a joyous celebration of the American spirit -- and a quintessentially American composer. ~ Neil Shurley