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Williams at the Boston Symphony Hall after he conducted the Boston Pops, May 2006
Background information
Birth name John Towner Williams
Born February 8, 1932 (1932-02-08) (age 78)
Origin Queens, New York, United States
Occupations composer, pianist, conductor
Years active 1952 – present
Website johnwilliamscomposer.com
.John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is an American composer, conductor, and pianist.^ John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932), is an Academy Award, Grammy, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award-winning American composer, conductor and pianist.
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^ But such a list probably warrants a more detailed background...Born in Long Island, New York on February 8, 1932, John Towner Williams discovered music almost immediately, due in no small measure to being the son of a percussionist for CBS Radio and the Raymond Scott Quintet.

^ Williams, John Sharp (1854-1932) — of Yazoo City, Yazoo County , Miss.
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.In a career that spans six decades, Williams has composed many of the most famous film scores in Hollywood history, including Star Wars, Superman, Home Alone, the first three Harry Potter movies and all but two of Steven Spielberg's feature films including the Indiana Jones series, Schindler's List, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park and Jaws.^ Composed for all but two of Steven Spielberg's feature films.

^ Grand marshal, Tournament of Roses parade [2004] (imdb.com) Composed for all but two of Steven Spielberg's feature films.
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^ In a career that spans six decades, Williams has composed many of the most famous film scores in history, including all but one of Steven Spielberg`s feature films, Star Wars, Superman, Born on the Fourth of July, and Harry Potter.
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.He also composed the soundtrack for the hit 1960s television series Lost in Space as well as the fanfare of the DreamWorks Pictures' logo.^ In addition, he has composed theme music for four Olympic Games, NBC Nightly News, and numerous television series and concert pieces.
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.Williams has composed theme music for four Olympic Games, the NBC Nightly News, the rededication of the Statue of Liberty, and numerous television series and concert pieces.^ NBC Nightly News (1970) 83.
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^ In addition, he has composed theme music for four Olympic Games, NBC Nightly News, and numerous television series and concert pieces.
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^ The title of the evening's last major piece -- and its demands on the players -- seemed to pull all the themes of the two-plus-hour-long concert together.

.He served as the principal conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra from 1980 to 1993, and is now the orchestra's laureate conductor.^ He served as the principal conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra from 1980 to 1993, and is now the orchestra`s laureate conductor.
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^ He currently serves as the Pop's Conductor Laureate.

^ Conductor of the Boston Pops for 12 years.
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.Williams has been nominated for 45 Academy Awards and won five.^ Williams is a five-time winner of the Academy Award.
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^ With 45 Academy Award nominations, Williams is, together with composer Alfred Newman, the second most nominated individual after Walt Disney.
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^ John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932), is an Academy Award, Grammy, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award-winning American composer, conductor and pianist.
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.He has also won four Golden Globe Awards, seven BAFTA Awards and 21 Grammy Awards.^ John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932), is an Academy Award, Grammy, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award-winning American composer, conductor and pianist.
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^ He has also won 4 Golden Globes, 7 BAFTA Awards and 10 Grammy Awards.
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[1] .With 45 Academy Award nominations, Williams is, together with composer Alfred Newman, the second most nominated person after Walt Disney.^ With 45 Academy Award nominations, Williams is, together with composer Alfred Newman, the second most nominated individual after Walt Disney.
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^ John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932), is an Academy Award, Grammy, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award-winning American composer, conductor and pianist.
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^ Williams is a five-time winner of the Academy Award.
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[2] He was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame in 2000, and was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004.

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Early life and family

.John Williams was born on February 8, 1932, in Flushing, Queens, New York, the son of Esther and John Williams, Sr. His father was a jazz drummer who played with the Raymond Scott[3] Quintet.^ Who is John Williams dating?
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^ Attended UCLA, Los Angeles City College & Juilliard (imdb.com) Son of jazz musician Johnny Williams, who was best known as the drummer in The Raymond Scott Quintette.
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^ John Williams Plays Bach Release Date: August 27, 2002 Track listing for CD Longplay (089612) .

.In 1948, Williams moved to Los Angeles with his family.^ Williams, J. Roy — of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County , Calif.
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.Williams attended North Hollywood High School and graduated in 1950. He later attended the University of California, Los Angeles and studied privately with composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.^ Attended UCLA, Los Angeles City College & Juilliard (imdb.com) Son of jazz musician Johnny Williams, who was best known as the drummer in The Raymond Scott Quintette.
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^ Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco :: Robert Van Epps Followers .
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[4] In 1952, Williams was drafted into the United States Air Force, where he conducted and arranged music for the Air Force Band as part of his duties.
.After his service ended in 1955, Williams moved to New York City and entered Juilliard School, where he studied piano with Rosina Lhévinne.^ His return to the states brought him to Julliard, where renowned piano pedagogue Madame Rosina Lhevinne helped Williams hone his performance skills.

^ Williams, Jonas — Member of New York state assembly from Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Niagara counties, 1812-14.
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^ Henry L. Clinton, Apollo Hall, New York City, February 3, 1872 .
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[4] During this time he worked as a jazz pianist at New York's many studios and clubs. He also played for composer Henry Mancini: The session musicians were John Williams on piano, Rolly Bundock on bass, Jack Sperling on drums, and Bob Bain on guitar—the same lineup featured on the "Mr. Lucky" television series. .Williams recorded with Henry Mancini on the film soundtracks of Peter Gunn (1959), Charade (1963), and Days of Wine and Roses (1962).^ Worked extensively with the London Symphony Orchestra (imdb.com) Performed the famous piano riff on the original recording of Henry Mancini's theme to "Peter Gunn" (1958).
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^ And, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, Meco's "Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk" album also outsold Williams' soundtrack by 300,000 units.
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.He was known as "Little Johnny Love" Williams in the early 1950s, and served as arranger and bandleader on a series of popular albums with singer Frankie Laine.^ Worked extensively with the London Symphony Orchestra Son of jazz musician Johnny Williams, who was best known as the drummer in The Raymond Scott Quintette.

.Williams was married to actress Barbara Ruick from 1956 until her death on March 3, 1974. They had three children together: Jennifer (born 1956), Mark (born 1958), and Joseph (born 1960).^ The collaboration of Williams and Etheridge continues in performance they are currently on tour together in the U.S. and will continue through early 2007.

^ Barbara Ruick 1956 - 74 Capricorn Samantha Winslow 1980 Profile Married Relationship "Encounter" On-Screen Couples .
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.His youngest son, Joseph Williams, is the former lead singer for the band Toto.^ His son, Joseph Williams, became a member of the band Toto in 1986.
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His daughter, Jenny Williams, is a singer. .He married his second wife, Samantha Winslow, on July 21, 1980. Williams is an honorary member of Kappa Kappa Psi, the national honorary fraternity for college band members.^ His son, Joseph Williams, became a member of the band Toto in 1986.

^ Honorary Member of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honrary Band Fraternity.

^ Member, Phi Kappa Psi .
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Film scoring

John Williams at the Avery Fisher Hall.
.While skilled in a variety of twentieth-century compositional idioms, Williams's most familiar style may be described as a form of neoromanticism,[5] inspired by the same large-scale orchestral music of the late 19th century—especially Wagnerian music and its concept of leitmotif—that inspired his film-composing predecessors.^ During a live orchestral concert of film music in late 2004, Williams presented a tribute to the late Jerry Goldsmith, David Raksin, and Elmer Bernstein, explaining how he played piano on some of their scores at the beginning of his career.
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^ With 45 Academy Award nominations, Williams is, together with composer Alfred Newman, the second most nominated individual after Walt Disney.
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[6]
.After his studies at Juilliard, Williams returned to Los Angeles and began working as an orchestrator in film studios.^ Attended UCLA, Los Angeles City College & Juilliard (imdb.com) Son of jazz musician Johnny Williams, who was best known as the drummer in The Raymond Scott Quintette.
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^ Williams, J. Roy — of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County , Calif.
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.Among others, he had worked with composers Franz Waxman, Bernard Herrmann, and Alfred Newman and fellow orchestrators, Conrad Salinger and Bob Franklyn.^ Composed his first symphony at the urging of fellow film composer Bernard Herrmann.

^ At age 24, 'Johnny Williams' became a staff arranger at Columbia and then at 20th Century-Fox, orchestrating for Alfred Newman and Lionel Newman, Dimitri Tiomkin, Franz Waxman, and other Golden Age notables.

^ With 45 Academy Award nominations, Williams is, together with composer Alfred Newman, the second most nominated individual after Walt Disney.
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[7] .He was also a studio pianist, performing in scores by composers such as Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein, and Henry Mancini (for whom he played the opening riff to Peter Gunn).^ Performed the famous piano riff on the original recording of Henry Mancini's theme to "Peter Gunn" (1958).

^ Worked extensively with the London Symphony Orchestra (imdb.com) Performed the famous piano riff on the original recording of Henry Mancini's theme to "Peter Gunn" (1958).
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^ During a live orchestral concert of film music in late 2004, Williams presented a tribute to the late Jerry Goldsmith, David Raksin, and Elmer Bernstein, explaining how he played piano on some of their scores at the beginning of his career.
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[8][9] .Williams began to compose music scores for television series programs in the late 1950s, eventually leading to the pilot episode theme for Gilligan's Island,[10] Lost in Space, and The Time Tunnel.^ In addition, he has composed theme music for four Olympic Games, NBC Nightly News, and numerous television series and concert pieces.
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^ During a live orchestral concert of film music in late 2004, Williams presented a tribute to the late Jerry Goldsmith, David Raksin, and Elmer Bernstein, explaining how he played piano on some of their scores at the beginning of his career.
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.Williams's first major film composition was for the B movie Daddy-O in 1958, and his first screen credit came two years later in Because They're Young. He soon gained notice in Hollywood for his versatility in composing jazz, piano and symphonic music.^ Because They're Young .

^ In 1977, John Williams re-popularized the epic cinema sound of Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Franz Waxman, and other composers from the Hollywood Golden Age: Star Wars (1977) became the best selling score-only soundtrack of all time, and spawned countless musical imitators.

^ For the next five years, though the music in Hollywood changed, John Williams wrote big, brassy scores for big, brassy films - The Fury (1978), Superman (1978), 1941 (1979), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) ...

He received his first Academy Award nomination for his score to the 1967 film Valley of the Dolls, and was nominated again in 1969 for Goodbye, Mr. Chips. .He won his first Academy Award for his adapted score to the 1971 film Fiddler on the Roof.^ Fiddler on the Roof (1971) 59.
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^ When Spielberg reunited with Williams on Jaws (1975), they established themselves as a blockbuster team, the composer gained his first Academy Award for Original Score, and Spielberg promptly recommended Williams to a friend, George Lucas.

^ Of course, his arrangements continued to garner attention, and he won his first Oscar for adapting Fiddler on the Roof (1971).During the '70s, he was King of Disaster Scores with The Poseidon Adventure (1972), Earthquake (1974) and The Towering Inferno (1974).

.By the early 1970s, Williams had established himself as a composer for large-scale disaster films, with scores for The Poseidon Adventure, Earthquake, and The Towering Inferno; the last two films, scored in 1974, borrowing musical cues from each other.^ The Towering Inferno (1974) 72.
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^ During a live orchestral concert of film music in late 2004, Williams presented a tribute to the late Jerry Goldsmith, David Raksin, and Elmer Bernstein, explaining how he played piano on some of their scores at the beginning of his career.
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^ Grand marshal, Tournament of Roses parade [2004] (imdb.com) Composed for all but two of Steven Spielberg's feature films.
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.In 1974, Williams was approached by Steven Spielberg to compose the music for his feature directorial debut, The Sugarland Express.^ Composed for all but two of Steven Spielberg's feature films.

^ The Sugarland Express (1974) 56.
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^ The Sugarland Express (1974) 71.
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.The young director had been impressed with Williams's score to the 1969 film The Reivers, and was convinced that the composer could provide the sound he desired for his films.^ Composed the score to Alfred Hitchcock's final film.
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They teamed up again a year later for the director's second film, Jaws. Widely considered a classic suspense piece, the score's ominous two-note motif has become nearly synonymous with sharks and approaching danger. .The score earned Williams a second Academy Award, his first for an original composition.^ When Spielberg reunited with Williams on Jaws (1975), they established themselves as a blockbuster team, the composer gained his first Academy Award for Original Score, and Spielberg promptly recommended Williams to a friend, George Lucas.

^ With 45 Academy Award nominations, Williams is, together with composer Alfred Newman, the second most nominated individual after Walt Disney.
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^ John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932), is an Academy Award, Grammy, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award-winning American composer, conductor and pianist.
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.Shortly afterwards, Williams and Spielberg began preparing for their next feature film, Close Encounters of the Third Kind.^ Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) 61.
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^ The Special Edition: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (USA: reissue title) Star Wars (1977) ...
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^ Grand marshal, Tournament of Roses parade [2004] (imdb.com) Composed for all but two of Steven Spielberg's feature films.
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Unusual for a Hollywood production, Spielberg's script and Williams's musical concepts were developed at the same time and were closely linked. .During the two-year creative collaboration, they settled on a distinctive five-note figure that functioned both as background music and the communication signal of the film's alien mothership.^ The two worked together on Return of the Jedi, collaborating on the song performed by the alien band in Jabba's Palace.
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.Williams employed a system of musical hand signals in the film, based on hand signs designed by John Curwen.^ For the next five years, though the music in Hollywood changed, John Williams wrote big, brassy scores for big, brassy films - The Fury (1978), Superman (1978), 1941 (1979), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) ...

^ Star Wars: Music by John Williams (1980) 64.
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^ John Williams: Creating a Musical Tradition (2007) 3.
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Close Encounters of the Third Kind was released in 1977.
.In the same period, Spielberg recommended Williams to his friend and fellow director George Lucas, who needed a composer to score his ambitious space epic, Star Wars. Williams produced a grand symphonic score in the fashion of Richard Strauss and Golden Age Hollywood composers Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Max Steiner.^ When Spielberg reunited with Williams on Jaws (1975), they established themselves as a blockbuster team, the composer gained his first Academy Award for Original Score, and Spielberg promptly recommended Williams to a friend, George Lucas.

^ In 1977, John Williams re-popularized the epic cinema sound of Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Franz Waxman, and other composers from the Hollywood Golden Age: Star Wars (1977) became the best selling score-only soundtrack of all time, and spawned countless musical imitators.

^ John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932), is an Academy Award, Grammy, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award-winning American composer, conductor and pianist.
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Its main theme—"Luke's Theme"—is among the most widely recognized in motion picture history, and the "Force Theme" and "Princess Leia's Theme" are well-known examples of leitmotif. .The film and its soundtrack were both immensely successful, and Williams won another Academy Award for Best Original Score.^ When Spielberg reunited with Williams on Jaws (1975), they established themselves as a blockbuster team, the composer gained his first Academy Award for Original Score, and Spielberg promptly recommended Williams to a friend, George Lucas.

^ With 45 Academy Award nominations, Williams is, together with composer Alfred Newman, the second most nominated individual after Walt Disney.
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^ As one of the best known, awarded, and financially successful composers in US history, John Williams is as easy to recall as John Philip Sousa, Aaron Copland or Leonard Bernstein, illustrating why he is "America's composer" time again.

.In 1980, Williams returned to score The Empire Strikes Back, where he famously introduced "The Imperial March" as the theme for Darth Vader and the Galactic Empire.^ SPFX: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) 63.
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^ SPFX: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) 48.
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^ Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) 54.
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The original Star Wars trilogy concluded with the 1983 film Return of the Jedi, for which Williams's score provided "Jabba the Hutt's Theme" and the "Emperor's Theme." Both scores earned Williams Academy Award nominations.
John Williams conducting the music score to Raiders of the Lost Ark in the Avery Fisher Hall.
Williams worked with director Richard Donner to score the 1978 film Superman. The score's heroic and romantic themes, particularly the main march, the Superman fanfare and the love theme, known as "Can You Read My Mind," would appear in the four sequel films. .For the 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark, Williams wrote a rousing main theme known as "The Raiders March" to accompany the film's hero, Indiana Jones.^ Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 53.
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^ For the next five years, though the music in Hollywood changed, John Williams wrote big, brassy scores for big, brassy films - The Fury (1978), Superman (1978), 1941 (1979), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) ...

^ Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation .

He also composed separate themes to represent the Ark of the Covenant, the character Marion and the Nazi villains of the story. .Additional themes were featured in his scores to the sequel films Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Williams composed an emotional and sensitive score to Spielberg's 1982 fantasy film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.^ Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) 47.
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^ Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) 41.
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^ Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1985) 45.
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The music conveys the film's benign, childlike sense of innocence, particularly with a spirited theme for the freedom of flight, and a soft string-based theme for the friendship between characters E.T. and Elliott. .The film's final chase and farewell sequence marks a rare instance in film history, in which the on-screen action was re-edited to conform to the composer's musical interpretation.^ Attended UCLA, Los Angeles City College & Juilliard Composed the score to Alfred Hitchcock's final film.

^ Composed the score to Alfred Hitchcock's final film.
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.Williams was awarded a fourth Academy Award for this score.^ With 45 Academy Award nominations, Williams is, together with composer Alfred Newman, the second most nominated individual after Walt Disney.
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^ John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932), is an Academy Award, Grammy, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award-winning American composer, conductor and pianist.
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^ Williams is a five-time winner of the Academy Award.
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.The 1985 film The Color Purple is one of two feature films directed by Steven Spielberg for which John Williams did not serve as composer (the other was the 1971 direct-to-television Duel, Spielberg's first feature film).^ Composed for all but two of Steven Spielberg's feature films.

^ The '80s also brought the only exceptions to the composer's collaboration with Steven Spielberg - others scored both Spielberg's segment of Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) and The Color Purple (1985).Intending to retire, the composer's output became sporadic during the 1990s, particularly after the exciting Jurassic Park (1993) and the masterful, Oscar-winning Schindler's List (1993).

^ When Spielberg reunited with Williams on Jaws (1975), they established themselves as a blockbuster team, the composer gained his first Academy Award for Original Score, and Spielberg promptly recommended Williams to a friend, George Lucas.

The film's producer, Quincy Jones, wanted to personally arrange and compose the music for the project. .Williams also did not score Twilight Zone: The Movie, but Spielberg had directed only one of the four segments in that film; the film's music was written by another veteran Hollywood composer, rival Jerry Goldsmith, chosen by lead director and producer John Landis.^ During a live orchestral concert of film music in late 2004, Williams presented a tribute to the late Jerry Goldsmith, David Raksin, and Elmer Bernstein, explaining how he played piano on some of their scores at the beginning of his career.
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^ In a career that spans six decades, Williams has composed many of the most famous film scores in history, including all but one of Steven Spielberg`s feature films, Star Wars, Superman, Born on the Fourth of July, and Harry Potter.
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^ Composed the score to Alfred Hitchcock's final film.
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.The Williams-Spielberg collaboration resumed with the director's 1987 film Empire of the Sun, and has continued to the present, spanning genres from science fiction thrillers (1993's Jurassic Park), to somber tragedies (1993's Schindler's List, 2005's Munich), to Eastern-tinged melodramas (2005's Memoirs of a Geisha, eventually helmed by Rob Marshall).^ Empire of the Sun (1987) 43.
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^ Jurassic Park (1993) 30.
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^ Empire of the Sun (1987) 73.
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Spielberg has said, "I call it an honorable privilege to regard John Williams as a friend."[11]
.In 1999, George Lucas launched the first of a series of prequels to the original Star Wars trilogy.^ When Spielberg reunited with Williams on Jaws (1975), they established themselves as a blockbuster team, the composer gained his first Academy Award for Original Score, and Spielberg promptly recommended Williams to a friend, George Lucas.

^ His relationships with Spielberg and Lucas continue in Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001), the remaining Star Wars prequels (2002, 2005), Minority Report (2002), Catch Me If You Can (2002), and a promised fourth Indiana Jones film.

^ Empire of Dreams: The Story of the 'Star Wars' Trilogy .

Williams was asked to score all three films, starting with The Phantom Menace. Along with themes from the previous movies, Williams created new themes to be used as leitmotifs in Attack of the Clones (2002) and Revenge of the Sith (2005). .Most notable of these was "Duel of the Fates," an aggressive choral movement utilizing harsh Sanskrit lyrics that broadened the style of music used in the Star Wars films.^ Star Wars: Music by John Williams (1980) 64.
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Also of note was "Anakin's Theme," which begins as an innocent childlike melody and morphs insidiously into a quote of the sinister "Imperial March" of the prior trilogy. For Episode II, Williams composed "Across the Stars," a love theme for Padmé Amidala and Anakin Skywalker (mirroring the love theme composed for the second film of the previous trilogy, The Empire Strikes Back). The final installment combined many of the themes created for the series' previous ones, including "The Emperor's Theme," "The Imperial March," "Across the Stars," "Duel of the Fates," "The Force Theme," "Rebel Fanfare," "Luke's Theme," and "Princess Leia's Theme," as well new themes for General Grievous and the film's climax, entitled "Battle of the Heroes." Few composers have scored an entire series of this magnitude: The combined scores of all six Star Wars films add up to music that takes a full orchestra more than 14 hours to perform in its entirety.
In the new millennium, Williams was asked to score the film adaptation of the widely successful book series, Harry Potter. He went on to score the first three installments of the franchise. .As with his Superman theme, the most important theme from Williams's scores for the film adaptations of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, dubbed "Hedwig's Theme," has been used in the fourth, fifth, and sixth movies in the series (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), scored by Patrick Doyle and Nicholas Hooper twice, respectively.^ Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) 8.
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^ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2008) 5.
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^ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) 7.
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Like the main themes from Star Wars, Jaws, Superman, and Indiana Jones, fans have come to identify the Harry Potter films with Williams's original piece.
In 2006, Superman Returns was released, under the direction of Bryan Singer, best known for directing the first two movies in the X-Men series. .Singer did not request Williams to compose a score for the new movie; instead, he employed the skills of X2 composer John Ottman to honorably incorporate Williams's original Superman theme, as well as those for "Lois Lane" and "Smallville". Don Davis performed a similar role for Jurassic Park III, recommended to the producers by Williams himself.^ Jurassic Park III (2001) 25.
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^ In addition, he has composed theme music for four Olympic Games, NBC Nightly News, and numerous television series and concert pieces.
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^ Check out John Williams new website at www.johnwilliamsguitar.com and visit the TOUR SECTION for new performance dates!

(Film scores by Ottman and to a lesser extent Davis are often compared to those of Williams, as both use similar styles of composition.)
.In 2008, Williams scored the fourth installment of the Indiana Jones series, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull; he will be scoring Steven Spielberg's future projects Lincoln and Interstellar.^ His relationships with Spielberg and Lucas continue in Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001), the remaining Star Wars prequels (2002, 2005), Minority Report (2002), Catch Me If You Can (2002), and a promised fourth Indiana Jones film.

^ Steven Spielberg ] [ Robin Williams ] [ Jude Law ] [ Haley Joel Osment ] [ Brendan Gleeson ] .

^ Steven Spielberg ] [ William H Macy ] [ Sam Neill ] [ Alessandro Nivola ] [ Michael Jeter ] .

Harry Potter producer David Heyman has stated that Williams might return as composer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows depending on Williams's schedule.[12]. Recently, however, Alexandre Desplat has been confirmed as the composer for part one of the film, which is currently in post-production.
It was recently announced that Williams scores The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn, the first film in the upcoming Tintin trilogy based on the comics by Hergé, continuing his long-time collaboration with Steven Spielberg, while also working with Peter Jackson for the first time.[13][14][15][16][17] The film is now in post-production. The scoring sessions began in October 2009 and the main sessions will end in summer 2010.

Conducting and performing

Williams signing an autograph after a concert
.From 1980 to 1993, Williams succeeded Arthur Fiedler as Principal Conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra.^ He's led countless national and international orchestras, most notably as the nineteenth conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra from 1980-1993, helming three Pops tours of the US and Japan during his tenure.

^ Trivia Conductor of the Boston Pops for 12 years.

Williams never personally met Fiedler, although he did speak with him on the telephone. .His arrival as the new leader of the Pops in the spring of 1980 allowed him to devote part of the Pops' first PBS broadcast of the season to presenting his new compositions for The Empire Strikes Back, in addition to conducting many Fiedler audience favorites.^ Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back .

^ Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back .

^ SPFX: The Empire Strikes Back .

Williams almost ended his tenure with the Pops in 1984.[18] Considered a customary practice of opinion, some players hissed while sight-reading a new Williams composition in rehearsal. Williams abruptly left the session and turned in his resignation, reportedly owing to mounting conflicts with his film composing schedule as well as a perceived lack of discipline in the Pops' ranks, culminating in this latest instance. After entreaties by the management and personal apologies from the musicians, Williams reconsidered his resignation and continued for nine more years.[19] In 1995 he was succeeded by Keith Lockhart, the former associate conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops.
Williams is now the Laureate Conductor of the Pops, thus maintaining his affiliation with its parent, the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO), resident of Symphony Hall in the Massachusetts capital. Williams leads the Pops on several occasions each year, particularly during their Holiday Pops season and typically for a week of concerts in May. .He conducts an annual Film Night at both Boston Symphony Hall and Tanglewood, where he frequently enlists the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, official chorus of the BSO, to provide a choral accompaniment to films (such as Saving Private Ryan).^ 'Saving Private Ryan': Music and Sound .

^ 'Saving Private Ryan': Miller and His Platoon .

^ Saving Private Ryan .

Williams makes annual appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and took part as conductor and composer in the orchestra's opening gala concerts for Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2003.
.Williams has written many concert pieces, including a symphony, Concerto for Horn written for Dale Clevenger, principal hornist of the Chicago Symphony, Concerto for Clarinet written for Michele Zukovsky (Principal Clarinetist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic) in 1991,[20] a sinfonietta for wind ensemble, a cello concerto premiered by Yo-Yo Ma and the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood in 1994, concertos for the flute and violin recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra, tuba, and a trumpet concerto, which was premiered by the Cleveland Orchestra and their principal trumpet Michael Sachs in September 1996. His bassoon concerto, The Five Sacred Trees, which was premiered by the New York Philharmonic and principal bassoon player Judith LeClair in 1995, was recorded for Sony Classical by Williams with LeClair and the London Symphony Orchestra.^ Of particular interests are his Essay for Strings, a jazzy Prelude & Fugue, the multimedia presentation American Journey (aka The Unfinished Journey (1999)), a Sinfonietta for Winds, a song cycle featuring poems by Rita Dove, concerti for flute, violin, clarinet, trumpet, tuba, cello, bassoon and horn, fanfares for the 1984, 1988 and 1996 Summer Olympics, the 2002 Winter Olympics, and a song co-written with Alan & Marilyn Bergman for the Special Olympics!

^ The title of the evening's last major piece -- and its demands on the players -- seemed to pull all the themes of the two-plus-hour-long concert together.

^ Also to his credit is a parallel career as an author of serious, and some not-so-serious, concert works - performed by the likes of Mstislav Rostropovich, André Previn, Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Gil Shaham, Leonard Slatkin, James Ingram, Dale Clevenger, and Joshua Bell.

He is also an accomplished pianist, as can be heard in various scores in which he provides solos, as well as a handful of European classical music recordings.
Stanley Donen (left) and John Williams, Avery Fisher Hall
In addition, in 1985, Williams composed the well-known NBC News theme "The Mission" (which he performs in concert to signal the final encore), "Liberty Fanfare" for the rededication of the Statue of Liberty, "We're Lookin' Good!" for the Special Olympics in celebration of the 1987 International Summer Games, and themes for the 1984, 1988, 1996, and 2002 Olympic games. His most recent concert work "Seven for Luck", for soprano and orchestra, is a seven-piece song cycle based on the texts of former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove. "Seven for Luck" was given its world premiere by the Boston Symphony under Williams with soprano Cynthia Haymon.
.John Williams also made a rare appearance on the BBC in 1980 to explain what life as a composer is like and how demanding it is to get everything just right.^ So keep those ears ready wherever you go, 'cause you will likely hear a bit of John Williams on your way.

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.In April 2005, Williams and the Boston Pops performed "The Force Theme" from Star Wars opening day in Fenway Park as the Boston Red Sox, having won their first World Series championship since 1918, received their championship rings.^ And, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, Meco's "Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk" album also outsold Williams' soundtrack by 300,000 units.

^ Star Wars: Jedi Knight - Dark Forces II .

^ Star Wars: Dark Forces .

.In April 2004, February 2006, and September 2007, he conducted the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall in New York City.^ Henry L. Clinton, Apollo Hall, New York City, February 3, 1872 .
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.The initial program was intended to be a one-time special event, and featured Williams's medley of Oscar-winning film scores first performed at the previous year's Academy Awards.^ For the next five years, though the music in Hollywood changed, John Williams wrote big, brassy scores for big, brassy films - The Fury (1978), Superman (1978), 1941 (1979), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) ...

^ The program is introduced by Williams three-part Extra Time launched with an extended and altered version of a well known Bach prelude, his liner notes reveal.

^ When Spielberg reunited with Williams on Jaws (1975), they established themselves as a blockbuster team, the composer gained his first Academy Award for Original Score, and Spielberg promptly recommended Williams to a friend, George Lucas.

.Its unprecedented popularity led to two concerts in 2006—fundraising gala events featuring personal recollections by film directors Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg.^ Composed for all but two of Steven Spielberg's feature films.

^ Grand marshal, Tournament of Roses parade [2004] (imdb.com) Composed for all but two of Steven Spielberg's feature films.
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^ But his Americana - particularly The Reivers (1969) - is what caught the ear of director Steven Spielberg, then preparing for his first feature, The Sugarland Express (1974).

.Continuing demand fueled three more concerts in 2007, which all sold out.^ The title of the evening's last major piece -- and its demands on the players -- seemed to pull all the themes of the two-plus-hour-long concert together.

These featured a tribute to the musicals of film director Stanley Donen, and had the distinction of serving as the opening event of the New York Philharmonic season.[21]

Notable compositions

Film scores

.The following list consists of select films for which John Williams wrote the score and/or songs.^ For the next five years, though the music in Hollywood changed, John Williams wrote big, brassy scores for big, brassy films - The Fury (1978), Superman (1978), 1941 (1979), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) ...

^ John Williams Plays the Movies Release Date: April 01, 1997 Track listing for CD Longplay (063000) .

^ Places Between - John Williams & John Etheridge Live in Dublin Release Date: October 17, 2006 Track listing for CD Longplay (700907) .


1950s
1960s
1970s
1980s
1990s
2000s
2010s
  • The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn (2011)

The Olympics

Olympic Fanfare and Theme
Theme music for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles

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Williams has composed music for four Olympic Games:
  • "Olympic Fanfare and Theme" – 1984 Summer Olympics, Los Angeles
    • Written specifically for the opening ceremonies. In a 1996 re-release, the opening trumpet fanfare was replaced with Bugler's Dream, a previous Olympic Theme written by Leo Arnaud. .This recording has been used as the theme for NBC's Olympic coverage ever since.
  • "The Olympic Spirit" – 1988 Summer Olympics, Seoul
    • Commissioned by NBC Sports for their television coverage.
  • "Summon the Heroes" – 1996 Summer Olympics, Atlanta, Georgia
    • Written in commemoration of the Centennial of the Modern Olympic Games.^ In addition, he has composed theme music for four Olympic Games, NBC Nightly News, and numerous television series and concert pieces.
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      ^ Centennial Olympic Games: Torch Relay Opening Ceremonies (1996) 33.
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      Premiering on July 19, 1996, the piece features heavy use of the brass and wind sections and is approximately six minutes in length. (Principal Boston Pops trumpeter Timothy Morrison played the opening solo on the album recording.) It has been arranged for various types of ensembles, including wind ensembles. This theme is now used prevalently by NBC for intros and outros to commercial breaks of the Olympics.
  • "Call of the Champions" – 2002 Winter Olympics, Salt Lake City, Utah

Television themes

Concerti

  • Concerto for Flute and Orchestra (1969), premiered only in 1981 by the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin.
  • Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (1976 rev. 1998), premiered only in 1981 by the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra under Slatkin.
  • Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra (1985), premiered by the tubist Chester Schmitz of the Boston Pops for their 100th anniversary.
  • Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra (1991), recorded by Michele Zukovsky for whom it was written. .Clarinet Concerto recording
  • Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra (The Five Sacred Trees) (1993).
  • Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (1994).
  • Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra (1996).
  • Elegy for Cello and Piano (1997), later arranged for Cello and Orchestra (2002).^ Concerto Antico; Concerto for Guitar & Orchestra Release Date: February 20, 1996 Track listing for CD Longplay (068337) .

    ^ Concerto for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Violin, Viola and Piano, Op.

    .Based on a theme from Seven Years in Tibet.
  • TreeSong, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (2000).
  • Heartwood: Lyric Sketches for Cello and Orchestra (2002).
  • Concerto for Horn and Orchestra (2003).^ Largo from Concerto in F minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op.

    ^ Concerto for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Violin, Viola and Piano, Op.

    Premiered with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in November 2003.
  • Duo Concertante for Violin and Viola (2007). Premiered at Tanglewood in August 2007.
  • Concerto for Viola and Orchestra (2009)
  • Concerto for Harp and Orchestra "On Willows and Birches" (2009)

Celebration pieces and other concert works

  • Prelude and Fugue (1965), for orchestra. Available for download in MP3 at the United States Marine Band website.
  • Symphony #1 (1966), premiered by Houston Symphony under André Previn in 1968. Williams reworked the piece in 1988 (performed by San Francisco Symphony during a visit as guest conductor in early '90s)
  • Thomas and The King (musical, 1975), premiered in London. Recorded in 1981 by the Original Cast.
  • Jubilee 350 Fanfare (1980), it was premiered by the Boston Pops conducted by Williams. Piece celebrating the 350th anniversary of the City of Boston.
  • Liberty Fanfare (1986), premiered on July 4, 1986 by the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. Piece composed for the Centennial of the Statue of Liberty.
  • A Hymn to New England (1987).
  • Fanfare for Michael Dukakis (1988). .Composed for Michael Dukakis' presidential campaign and premiered at the 1988 Democratic National Convention.
  • For New York (Variations on theme by Leonard Bernstein) (1988).^ Alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1868 .
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    ^ Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1972 ; candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1972 .
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    ^ Alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maine, 1924 , 1936 .
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    Composed for Leonard Bernstein's 70th birthday celebrations.
  • Celebrate Discovery (1990). Composed for the 500th anniversary celebration of the arrival of Columbus in America.
  • Sound the Bells! (1993).
  • Song for World Peace (1994).
  • Variations on Happy Birthday (1995).
  • American Journey (1999). .Portions premiered as accompaniment to a film by Steven Spielberg as part of the Millennium Celebration in Washington D.C. December 31, 1999.
  • Three Pieces for solo Cello (2001).
  • Soundings (2003), composed for the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
  • Star Spangled Banner (2007), special arrangement for game 1 of the 2007 World Series played by the Boston Pops Orchestra.
  • A Timeless Call (2008).^ Three Pieces for Cello and Piano, Op.

    .Score to the Steven Spielberg war veteran tribute film shown on day 3 of the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
  • Air and Simple Gifts, performed by Itzhak Perlman on violin, Yo-Yo Ma on cello, Gabriela Montero on piano, and Anthony McGill on clarinet.^ Quartet for Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Violin and Piano, Op.

    ^ Concerto for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Violin, Viola and Piano, Op.

    Composed for the Barack Obama 2009 presidential inauguration.

Awards

John Williams has won a total of five Academy Awards and four Golden Globe Awards. He has been nominated for 21 Golden Globes and 59 Grammys. With 45 Oscar nominations, Williams currently holds the record for the most Oscar nominations for a living person,[23][24] being the second most nominated person in the history of the Academy Awards, tied with late fellow film composer Alfred Newman, to Walt Disney's 59. Forty of Williams' Oscar nominations are for Best Original Music Score and 5 are for Best Original Song. All five winners are in the former category. (More correctly: The first Academy Award for Fiddler on the Roof was for Musical Adaptation.)
Williams has also received three Emmy Awards and five nominations, seven BAFTAs, twenty Grammy Awards, and has been inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame and the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame. In 2004 he received a Kennedy Center Honor. He also won a Classical Brit award in 2005 for his soundtrack work of the previous year.
Williams's richly thematic and highly popular 1977 score to the first Star Wars film was selected in 2005 by the American Film Institute as the greatest American movie score of all time. His scores for Jaws and E.T. also appeared on the list, at #6 and #14, respectively.[25]
In 2003, the International Olympic Committee accorded Mr. Williams its highest individual honor, the Olympic Order.
In 2010 Williams got the National Medal of Arts in the White House in Washington for his achievements in symphonic music for motion pictures", and "as a pre-eminent composer and conductor [whose] scores have defined and inspired modern movie-going for decades."

Grammy awards

  • Jaws (1975) (Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture)
  • Star Wars (1977) (Best Pop Instrumental Performance)
  • Main Title from Star Wars (1977) (Best Instrumental Composition)
  • Star Wars (1977) (Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture)
  • Theme from Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1978) (Best Instrumental Composition)
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1978) (Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture)
  • Main Title Theme from Superman (1979) (Best Instrumental Composition)
  • Superman (1979) (Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture)
  • The Empire Strikes Back (1980) (Best Instrumental Composition)
  • The Empire Strikes Back (1980) (Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture)
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) (Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture)
  • Flying (Theme from E.T.) (1982) (Best Instrumental Composition)
  • E.T. (1982) (Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture)
  • Flying (Theme from E.T.) (1982) (Best Arrangement on an Instrumental Recording)
  • Olympic Fanfare and Theme (1984) (Best Instrumental Composition)
  • Schindler's List (1993) (Instrumental Composition for a Motion Picture or Television)
  • Saving Private Ryan (1998) (Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television)
  • Theme from Angela's Ashes (2000) (Best Instrumental Composition)
  • Memoirs Of A Geisha (2007) (Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media)
  • "A Prayer For Peace" (Theme from Munich) (2007) (Best Instrumental Composition)
  • "The Adventures of Mutt" (from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) (2008) (Best Instrumental Composition)

Golden Globe Awards

  • Jaws (1975) (Best Original Score)
  • Star Wars (1977) (Best Original Score)
  • E.T. (1982) (Best Original Score)
  • Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) (Best Original Score)

Emmy Awards

  • Heidi (1968) (Outstanding Achievement in Musical Composition)
  • Jane Eyre (1971) (Outstanding Achievement in Musical Composition)
  • "Great Performances" (2009) (Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music)

Academy awards

  • Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
  • Jaws (1975)
  • Star Wars (1977)
  • E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  • Schindler's List (1993)

Academy Award nominations (excluding wins)

  • Valley of the Dolls (1967) (Score Adaptation)
  • Goodbye, Mr Chips (1969) (Score Adaptation)
  • The Reivers (1969) (Original Score)
  • Images (1972) (Original Score)
  • The Poseidon Adventure (1972) (Original Score)
  • Cinderella Liberty (1973) (Original Dramatic Score)
  • Nice to Be Around (from Cinderella Liberty) (1973) (Song)
  • Tom Sawyer (1973) (Score Adaptation)
  • The Towering Inferno (1974) (Original Score)
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) (Original Score)
  • Superman (1978) (Original Score)
  • The Empire Strikes Back (1980) (Original Score)
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) (Original Score)
  • If We Were in Love (from Yes, Giorgio) (1982) (Song)
  • Return of the Jedi (1983) (Original Score)
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) (Original Score)
  • The River (1984) (Original Score)
  • Empire of the Sun (1987) (Original Score)
  • The Witches of Eastwick (1987) (Original Score)
  • The Accidental Tourist (1988) (Original Score)
  • Born on the Fourth of July (1989) (Original Score)
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) (Original Score)
  • Home Alone (1990) (Original Score)
  • Somewhere in My Memory (from Home Alone) (1990) (Song)
  • JFK (1991) (Original Score)
  • When You're Alone (from Hook) (1991) (Song)
  • Nixon (1995) (Original Dramatic Score)
  • Sabrina (1995) (Original Musical or Comedy Score)
  • Moonlight (from Sabrina) (1995) (Song)
  • Sleepers (1996) (Original Dramatic Score)
  • Amistad (1997) (Original Dramatic Score)
  • Saving Private Ryan (1998) (Original Dramatic Score)
  • Angela's Ashes (1999) (Original Score)
  • The Patriot (2000) (Original Score)
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) (Original Score)
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) (Original Score)
  • Catch Me If You Can (2002) (Original Score)
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) (Original Score)
  • Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) (Original Score)
  • Munich (2005) (Original Score)

Further Reading

  • Peter Moormann: Spielberg-Variationen. Die Filmmusik von John Williams, Baden-Baden (Germany): Nomos 2010. ISBN=978-3-8329-5355-3

See also

References

  1. ^ John Williams' Awards at www.IMDb.com (accessed July 9, 2007)
  2. ^ Official Academy Awards Database at www.oscars.org (accessed 2007-09-29)
  3. ^ "John Williams Biography (1932-)". http://www.filmreference.com/film/83/John-Williams.html. 
  4. ^ a b Sony Classical Williams Biography at www.sonybmgmasterworks.com (accessed 2007-09-29)
  5. ^ "Romanticism". https://www.wsu.edu/~brians/hum_303/romanticism.html. Retrieved 2006-08-25. 
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  7. ^ Films & Filming, vol.24, 1977, p.32
  8. ^ Tribute to John Williams, ca. 1991.
  9. ^ John Williams Biography at FilmReference.com.
  10. ^ Marooned credits (unaired pilot, 16 October 1962)
  11. ^ Spielberg, Steven (1993). Jurassic Park Audio CD (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD) - Back Cover. Back Cover - "...and I consider it a privilege to call John my Friend.". MCA. 
  12. ^ "David Heyman on Possible Return of John Williams to Score Deathly Hallows Films" at www.the-leaky-cauldron.org (accessed 14 July 2009)
  13. ^ Mikael Carlsson (February 19, 2009). "John Williams: The Adventures of Tintin". Upcoming Film Scores. http://upcomingfilmscores.blogspot.com/2009/02/john-williams-adventures-of-tintin.html. Retrieved February 22, 2009. 
  14. ^ Liam (February 20, 2009). "John Williams to score Tintin". Filmonic. http://filmonic.com/john-williams-score-tintin. Retrieved February 22, 2009. 
  15. ^ Alex Billington (February 20, 2009). "John Williams Scoring Spielberg's Adventures of Tintin". FirstShowing.net. http://www.firstshowing.net/2009/02/20/john-williams-scoring-spielbergs-adventures-of-tintin/. Retrieved February 22, 2009. 
  16. ^ "John Williams to Score "Tintin"". WorstPreviews. February 20, 2009. http://www.worstpreviews.com/headline.php?id=12166. Retrieved February 22, 2009. 
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Preceded by
Arthur Fiedler
Conductor, Boston Pops Orchestra
1980 – 1993
Succeeded by
Keith Lockhart
Preceded by
 
Laureate Conductor, Boston Pops Orchestra
1993 –
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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.John Williams (born 8 February 1932) is a famous American composer responsible for some of the most-recognized film scores of all-time, including the themes to Star Wars, Superman, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, "Jurassic Park", and Schindler's List.^ Star Wars: Music by John Williams (1980) 64.
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^ Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 53.
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^ In a career that spans six decades, Williams has composed many of the most famous film scores in history, including all but one of Steven Spielberg`s feature films, Star Wars, Superman, Born on the Fourth of July, and Harry Potter.
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  • "So much of what we do is ephemeral and quickly forgotten, even by ourselves, so it's gratifying to have something you have done linger in people's memories."
  • "There’s a very basic human, non-verbal aspect to our need to make music and use it as part of our human expression. It doesn’t have to do with body movements, it doesn't have to do with articulation of a language, but with something spiritual." .
  • "I hadn't heard of either disco or Meco.^ The program is introduced by Williams three-part Extra Time launched with an extended and altered version of a well known Bach prelude, his liner notes reveal.

    ^ John Williams Plays the Movies Release Date: April 01, 1997 Track listing for CD Longplay (063000) .

    ^ Places Between - John Williams & John Etheridge Live in Dublin Release Date: October 17, 2006 Track listing for CD Longplay (700907) .

    .When I was asked to listen to Meco's now-famous recording, I was a little apprehensive, wondering how a pop record could be made from "The March from Star Wars" and what it would be like.^ Composer of the biggest-selling instrumental single of all-time, and the only one to be officially awarded Platinum status - 2 million units by the RIAA, Meco's recording of "Star Wars Theme and Cantina Band".
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    ^ And, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, Meco's "Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk" album also outsold Williams' soundtrack by 300,000 units.
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    I immediately liked what I heard and sensed that a genuine communication was taking place. .Meco took things forward another step by bringing Star Wars to a vast audience who otherwise would not have heard it in its original symphonic setting.^ And, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, Meco's "Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk" album also outsold Williams' soundtrack by 300,000 units.
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    ^ Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) .
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    ^ Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack .
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    I am most grateful to Meco for all of this and I am delighted that 'disco' and 'Meco' are now household words." .
    • John Williams, quoted in Jones, Alan and Kantonen, Jussi (1999).^ John Williams - Greatest Hits 1969-1999 .
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      ^ Charlie Sheen ] [ Matthew Broderick ] [ Jeffrey Jones ] [ John Hughes ] [ Alan Ruck ] .

      ^ MP3 Great Composers: John Williams MP3 The Missouri Breaks MP3 Indiana Jones and the Kingd...
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      Saturday Night Forever: The Story of Disco, p.74. Chicago, Illinois: A Cappella Books. ISBN 1556524110.
    • See: Disco.

Simple English

John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is an American composer and conductor; he is best remembered for his scores (soundtracks) for movies such as Jaws, Star Wars, Superman, E.T., Indiana Jones, Home Alone, Jurassic Park and Harry Potter. He was also lead conductor for the Boston Pops Orchestra and conducts for them a few times each year especially around Christmas time.

For Barack Obama's presidential inauguration on 20 January 2009 John Williams made a special arrangement of the Shaker hymn "Air and Simple Gifts". It was performed by four musicians: the violinist Itzhak Perlman, the cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the clarinetist Anthony McGill and the pianist Gabriela Montero. [1]

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