I wanted to give my new Hollywoodwinds a test run, so I thought to myself: "what John Williams piece best features the woodwinds?" "The Trip to Earth" from Superman immediately came to mind.
Specifically, I was interested in how HWW blended with VSL woodwinds. I also wanted to get better acquainted with LASS and also learn how to work with Vienna Ensemble Pro as I start to integrate it into my normal workflow. Here is the result:
or an MP3 of the same (for slower connections):
It was also just a lot of fun to study a John Williams piece in this much detail. Figuring out how he uses augmented and seventh chords is really interesting (his jazz background), as is the amount of detail he puts into the harp, celeste, glock and vibes, most of which you barely hear. He's certainly not afraid to write difficult parts. And the melody is really good (turns Strauss -- and by extension the Supeman Love Theme -- upside down).