Anand: You took me back... I rememebr buying the vinyl of that violin concerto back in the late '80s if I remember right. I was barely a student and in awe of Williams' filmic achievements, so I was surprised when I heard that kind of music coming from his pen, but not totally boggled as I was familiar with much stranger music by living composers at that time, and Williams was in his mid-40s when he composed that in the '70s, at the time when Modernism was only beginning to relax its stranglehold on the neck of 'serious' music. The piece is not atonal of course, it vacillates between Berg, Bartok, Prokofiev and others, and tonal centres are hard to pinpoint without a score (for me at least). Did you notice towards the end of the third movement how the work shifts to the Williams of the big screen?
From his concerti that I have heard -about four or five- I prefer the Violoncello Concerto, which comes on a CD of his cello and orchestra works, very atmospheric. Also, you are right in that Williams and Rozsa differ due to their generational difference. Williams is a child of post-modernism, where the palette was expanded considerably in all respects. Pity you didn't get to shake hands after that B.S.O. concert...
Jasen: Well, madness certainly goes with the territory. Hopefully, depression is only transitory. I had read quite a bit of Nietzsche in my youth, always a favourite, and I actually appreciate his last period, even with madness having set in (see in Ecce Homo chapter titles like 'Why I am a Destiny', or 'Why I Write Such Great Books' - beautiful stuff!). Beethoven however, let's just say he grew more and more eccentric, having been driven there partly by the imposed solitude of deafness that paralyzed his concert career. The difficulties in his music were surmounted early enough in the 19th century with the advent of virtuoso-playing, a consequence of his creative life and endeavours mostly.
I am not a Kubrick expert, but I submit to everyone's admiration. I suppose I was too young to appreciate Barry Lyndon and The Shining when I caught them on TV and wasn't terribly impressed, but I was very impressed by 2001 -both as a young man and today- as well as with Dr. Strangelove and Eyes Wide Shut. Not so much by Full Metal Jacket, but that may have been due to the genre and that I am not American.
Jung I haven't read, but I imagine the Red Book would be very relevant to this thread 😊 As for my recent voracious reading, I can recommend Marcus Aurelius' Meditations that I read a couple of months ago. Sublime!
And regarding composers that dabbled both in film and concert music - especially concerti, you might enjoy William Walton's Viola Concerto, Alan Rawsthorne's two piano concerti, actually I just realized the list would be enormous so I'll leave it there.