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Encyclopedia > John Williams (composer)
Williams conducting the London Symphony Orchestra during the recording of the score for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.
Williams conducting the London Symphony Orchestra during the recording of the score for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is one of the most widely recognized composers of film scores. As of 2006, he has received 45 music-related Academy Award nominations, an accomplishment surpassed only by Walt Disney. Slightly cropped version of earlier picture This work is copyrighted. ... The London Symphony Orchestra (frequently abbreviated to LSO) is one of the major orchestras of the United Kingdom. ... Film poster for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is a 1999 film by George Lucas starring Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, and Jake Lloyd. ... February 8 is the 39th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1932 (MCMXXXII) is a leap year starting on Friday. ... A film score is the background music in a film, generally specially written for the film and often used to heighten emotions provoked by the imagery on the screen or by the dialogue. ... 2006 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Walt Disney Walter Elias Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966), was an American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, and animator. ...


Williams is best known for heroic, rousing themes to adventure and fantasy films. This includes some of the highest grossing films of all time, such as Star Wars, Superman, Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, and the first three Harry Potter movies. His richly thematic and highly popular 1977 score to the first Star Wars film was selected by the American Film Institute as the greatest American movie score of all time. Five of his film scores won Oscars. The music in Star Wars were music film scores that were composed by John Williams for all six Star Wars films. ... Superman: The Movie and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace scores were composed by John Williams. ... This article is about the 1975 motion picture. ... E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is an Academy Award-winning 1982 science fiction film directed by Steven Spielberg that tells the story of a young boy, Elliott, who befriends an alien being called E.T. stranded on Earth and trying to find his way home. ... Raiders of the Lost Ark, also known as Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, is a film released by Paramount Pictures in 1981. ... Jurassic Park is a novel written by Michael Crichton and published in 1990. ... This article is about the Harry Potter series. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... This movie poster for Star Wars depicts many of the films important elements, such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, X-Wing and Y-Wing fighters Star Wars, retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981 (see note at Title,) is the original (and in chronological... The American Film Institute (AFI) is an independent non-profit organization created by the National Endowment for the Arts, which was established in 1967 when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act. ... Part of the AFI 100 Years. ... A film score is the background music in a film, generally specially written for the film and often used to heighten emotions provoked by the imagery on the screen or by the dialogue. ... From Rule Sixteen of the Special Rules for The Music Awards Original Score: An original score is a substantial body of music in the form of dramatic underscoring written specifically for the film by the submitting composer. ...


His long career has also included many sensitive dramatic scores (such as Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan) and more experimental concert works. Schindlers List is a 1993 movie based on the book Schindlers Ark by Thomas Keneally, published in the United States as Schindlers List and subsequently re-issued in Commonwealth countries under that name as well. ... Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Robert Rodat. ...


While skilled in a variety of 20th century compositional idioms, his most familiar style may be described as a form of neoromanticism, informed by the large-scale orchestral music of the late 19th century and that of Williams's film-composing predecessors. The influence of Korngold and other Hollywood Golden Age composers is strong in much of Williams' most famous work. (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999 in the... Neoromanticism in music was a trend in European music started in second half of 19th century in Germany. ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... Erich Wolfgang Korngold (May 29, 1897 - November 29, 1957) was a composer. ...

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Early life

John Williams was born in Floral Park, New York. In 1948, John Williams and his family moved to Los Angeles, California, where he attended UCLA. He also studied composition privately with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, who also taught another famous film score composer, Jerry Goldsmith. Floral Park is a village located in Nassau County, New York. ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... Nickname: City of Angels Motto: Official website: http://www. ... The University of California, Los Angeles, popularly known as UCLA, is a public, coeducational university located in the residential area of Westwood within the city of Los Angeles. ... Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (April 3, 1895 – March 16, 1968) was an Italian Jewish composer. ... Jerry Goldsmith Jerrald King Goldsmith (February 10, 1929 – July 21, 2004) was a famous Jewish-American film score composer from Los Angeles, California. ...


In 1952, Williams was drafted and entered the United States Air Force, where he conducted and arranged music for Air Force bands. When discharged in 1954, he returned to New York. There, he went to Juilliard, the alma mater of musicians including the composer Philip Glass and violinist Itzhak Perlman (with whom Williams released an album, Cinema Serenade, in 1997). He studied piano at the school with Rosina Lhevinne. In New York, he worked as a jazz pianist. He also played with noted composer Henry Mancini and even performed on the recording of the famous Peter Gunn theme. In the early 1960s, he served as arranger/bandleader on a series of popular albums with singing great Frankie Laine. 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The United States has employed conscription (mandatory military service, also called the draft) several times, usually during war but also during the nominal peace of the Cold War. ... The United States Air Force (USAF) is the aviation branch of the United States armed forces. ... United States Service Bands Each of the branches of the U.S. military, has a headquarters band organization, all but one of which are in the Washington, D.C. area. ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Official language(s) None, English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 27th 141,205 km² 455 km 530 km 13. ... The Juilliard School is a performing arts conservatory in New York City, informally but definitively identified as simply Juilliard, and most famous for its musically-trained alumni. ... Alma mater is Latin for El Sahddai. It was used in ancient Rome as a title for the Father God, and in Medieval Christianity for the Holy Emmanuel. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... Philip Glass looks upon sheet music in a portrait taken by Annie Leibovitz. ... A violinist is an instrumentalist who plays the violin. ... Itzhak Perlman Itzhak Perlman (born August 31, 1945) (in Tel Aviv) is an Israeli violinist and teacher. ... Jazz master Louis Armstrong remains one of the most loved and best known of all jazz musicians. ... A pianist is a person who plays the piano. ... Henry Mancini (April 16, 1924 – June 14, 1994), was a noted American composer and arranger. ... Peter Gunn was an American private eye television series which aired on the NBC and later ABC television networks from 1958 to 1961. ... The Early Years collection features some of Laines Mercury recordings. ...


Film scoring

Williams later returned to Los Angeles, where he started working in the film studios. There he worked with some of the finest film score composers of that time: Franz Waxman, Bernard Herrmann, and Alfred Newman. He began his career composing TV scores for series including Gilligan's Island, Lost in Space, and The Time Tunnel. Franz Waxman (December 24, 1906 - February 24, 1967), born Franz Wachsmann, was a German-born Jewish-American composer of music for films. ... Bernard Herrmann (June 29, 1911 – December 24, 1975) was a composer, best known for his film scores, particularly for those directed by Alfred Hitchcock. ... Alfred Newman (March 17, 1900 – February 17, 1970) was a major American composer of music for films. ... The cast of Gilligans Island. ... Lost in Space is a science fiction TV series produced between 1965 and 1968 by television producer Irwin Allen. ... The Time Tunnel was a 1966-1967 U.S. color science fiction TV series produced by Irwin Allen that lasted for one season and 30 episodes. ...


In the early 1970s, he established himself as a composer for big-budget disaster films with scores for The Towering Inferno, Earthquake, and The Poseidon Adventure. In 1974, Williams was approached by a young Steven Spielberg to write the music for his feature debut, The Sugarland Express. They re-teamed for the director's second film, Jaws, featuring an ominous two-note motif representing the shark. Spielberg's friendship with director George Lucas led to Williams's composing for the Star Wars movies. Over thirty years later, the Williams-Spielberg collaboration has proven to be one of Hollywood's most enduring and fruitful. To date, Williams has composed the music to all but one of Spielberg's movies (Quincy Jones was composer for 1985's The Color Purple). The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... The Towering Inferno is a 1974 disaster movie adapted by Stirling Silliphant from the novels The Tower by Richard Martin Stern and The Glass Inferno by Thomas N. Scortia and Frank M. Robinson. ... Earthquake is the title of a blockbuster 1974 film that was among several successful so-called disaster movies of the 1970s that places an all-star cast in life and death situations. ... The Poseidon Adventure was a 1972 action film and adventure film based on a novel by Paul Gallico. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) is a common year starting on Tuesday (click on link for calendar). ... Steven Spielberg Steven Allan Spielberg, KBE (born December 18, 1946) is a four time Academy Award winning American film director (three OSCARS and 1 Lifetime Achievement Award), and among the most successful filmmakers in history. ... The Sugarland Express is a movie starring Goldie Hawn. ... Orders Hexanchiformes Squaliformes Pristiophoriformes Squatiniformes Heterodontiformes Orectolobiformes Carcharhiniformes Lamniformes Sharks are a group (superorder Selachimorpha) of fish, with a full cartilaginous skeleton, a streamlined body plan, with normally 5, but up to 7 (depending on species) gill slits along the side of, or beginning slightly behind, the head (in some... Quincy Jones on the cover of Back on the Block album (1989). ... This article is about the year. ... The Color Purple book cover The Color Purple is a 1982 novel by Alice Walker which received the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. ...


He has been nominated for 45 Academy Awards, of which he has won five (for Jaws, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Schindler's List, and for arrangements in Fiddler on the Roof). He currently holds the record for the most Oscar nominations for a living person and has the same number of Oscar nominations as Alfred Newman. He also holds the record for the most Academy Award losses ever. From Rule Sixteen of the Special Rules for The Music Awards Original Score: An original score is a substantial body of music in the form of dramatic underscoring written specifically for the film by the submitting composer. ... This article is about the 1975 motion picture. ... This movie poster for Star Wars depicts many of the films important elements, such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, X-Wing and Y-Wing fighters Star Wars, retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981 (see note at Title,) is the original (and in chronological... E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is an Academy Award-winning 1982 science fiction film directed by Steven Spielberg that tells the story of a young boy, Elliott, who befriends an alien being called E.T. stranded on Earth and trying to find his way home. ... Schindlers List is a 1993 movie based on the book Schindlers Ark by Thomas Keneally, published in the United States as Schindlers List and subsequently re-issued in Commonwealth countries under that name as well. ... Fiddler on the Roof is one of the most famous stage and film musicals. ... Alfred Newman (March 17, 1900 – February 17, 1970) was a major American composer of music for films. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ...


Williams has received two Emmy Awards, eighteen 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. On January 16, 2006, Williams won a Golden Globe, his fourth, for his score in Memoirs of a Geisha. An Emmy Award. ... Grammy Award The Grammy Awards (originally the Gramophone Awards), presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards... The Hollywood Bowl is a modern amphitheatre in Hollywood, California, USA, that is used primarily for music performances. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Kennedy Center Honors have been awarded annually, since 1978 by the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... Memoirs of a Geisha is a novel by Arthur Golden published in 1997. ...


John is also a member of Kappa Kappa Psi, the national honorary fraternity for college band members [1]. Kappa Kappa Psi is a co-educational national honorary band fraternity dedicated to serving college and university bands. ...


Notable film scores

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Angelas Ashes is a 1999 film based on the autobiographical novel of the same title by Frank McCourt, born in the United States of Irish descent. ... Film poster for Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace is a 1999 film by George Lucas starring Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, and Jake Lloyd. ... Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Robert Rodat. ... Amistad (Spanish for friendship) is a 1997 Steven Spielberg film based on a slave mutiny that took place aboard a ship of the same name in 1839. ... Seven Years in Tibet is a non-fiction book by Heinrich Harrer, originally published in 1953. ... Schindlers List is a 1993 movie based on the book Schindlers Ark by Thomas Keneally, published in the United States as Schindlers List and subsequently re-issued in Commonwealth countries under that name as well. ... Jurassic Park is a novel written by Michael Crichton and published in 1990. ... DVD cover Far and Away is a 1992 drama film directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. ... JFK redirects here. ... Hook is a 1991 movie directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, and Julia Roberts. ... Home Alone is a popular 1990 holiday film starring Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister, an eight year-old who is mistakenly left behind when his family flies to France for a Christmas vacation. ... Tagline: Sometimes its dangerous to presume. ... The Witches of Eastwick is a 1984 novel by John Updike. ... This article is about the 1984 novel and its 1987 film adaptation. ... Movie poster Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, is a science fiction film that debuted in 1983, and re-released with changes in 1997 and 2004. ... 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Notable television themes

Current anchor Brian Williams on NBC Nightly News in 2005. ... Meet the Press (MTP) is a weekly television news show produced by NBC. It started as a radio show in 1945, as American Mercury Presents: Meet the Press, and was later adapted for television. ... Amazing Stories magazine, sometimes retitled Amazing Science Fiction, began in April 1926, becoming the first science fiction magazine and one of the pioneers of science fiction in the United States. ... Categories: Star Wars films | 1984 films | Movie stubs ... The cast of Gilligans Island. ... Land of the Giants is an American television show of the 1960s which tells the tale of the crew and passengers of a sub-orbital transport plane which is accidentally transported to a world in which all life forms are huge in comparison to them. ... Lost in Space is a science fiction TV series produced between 1965 and 1968 by television producer Irwin Allen. ...

With Steven Spielberg

John Williams' relationship with producer/director Steven Spielberg has been long and fruitful. Their second project together: Jaws grossed well over 300 million dollars at the box office and elevated producer and composer to previously unattained heights of stardom. The dynamic production duo of Williams and Spielberg would go on to team up on over twenty other successful projects, including: The term box office can refer to either: A place where tickets are sold to the public for admission to a venue The amount of business a particular production, such as a movie or theatre show, does. ... For the 1998 movie, see Celebrity (film). ...

See also List of noted film producer and composer collaborations

Munich is an Academy Award-nominated 2005 film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Tony Kushner and Eric Roth. ... War of the Worlds is a 2005 science fiction film based on H. G. Wells original novel of the same name. ... Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones Indiana Jones is a fictional bullwhip-toting, fedora-wearing archaeologist with an overdeveloped ophidiophobia (fear of snakes). ... E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is an Academy Award-winning 1982 science fiction film directed by Steven Spielberg that tells the story of a young boy, Elliott, who befriends an alien being called E.T. stranded on Earth and trying to find his way home. ... Amistad (Spanish for friendship) is a 1997 Steven Spielberg film based on a slave mutiny that took place aboard a ship of the same name in 1839. ... Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Robert Rodat. ... Schindlers List is a 1993 movie based on the book Schindlers Ark by Thomas Keneally, published in the United States as Schindlers List and subsequently re-issued in Commonwealth countries under that name as well. ... Jurassic Park is a novel written by Michael Crichton and published in 1990. ... The following soundtrack composers and film directors typically work together on projects. ...

Conducting and performing

From 1980 to 1993, Williams succeeded the legendary Arthur Fiedler as the principal conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra. He is now the Laureate Conductor of the Pops and still has ties to the Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO), which have much overlap and both perform out of Boston's Symphony Hall. He conducts several concerts with the Boston Pops every year, particularly during their Holiday Pops season and typically a week of concerts in May. He also frequently enlists the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the official chorus of the BSO, to sing choral music in his movie scores (such as Saving Private Ryan). 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Arthur Fiedler (December 17, 1894 – July 10, 1979) was the long-time conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra, a symphony orchestra that specialized in popular music. ... The Boston Pops Orchestra was founded in 1885 as a subsection of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. ... The Boston Symphony Orchestra is one of the worlds most renowned orchestras. ... There are a number of concert halls known as Symphony Hall. ... The Tanglewood Festival Chorus is a choir which performs with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops in major choral works. ...


He is an accomplished pianist, as can be heard in various scores in which he provides solos, as well as a handful of classical recordings. Classical music is a broad, somewhat imprecise term, referring to music produced in, or rooted in the traditions of, European art, ecclesiastical and concert music, encompassing a broad period from roughly 1000 to the present day. ...


Williams has written many concert pieces, including a symphony, Concerto for Clarinet written for Michele Zukovsky of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1991, 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. In addition, Mr. Williams has composed the well-known NBC News theme "The Mission," "Liberty Fanfare" composed for the re-dedication of the Statue of Liberty, "We're Lookin' Good!," composed 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 Mr. Williams with soprano Cynthia Haymon. Rita Frances Dove (born August 28, 1952 in Akron, Ohio, USA) is a United States poet and author. ...


The Olympics

Williams has composed the official theme for four of the Olympic Games held in the last 26 years. They are: For months before the Olympic Games, runners relay the Olympic Flame from Olympia to the opening ceremony. ...

Olympic Fanfare and Theme is a piece of music written by John Williams for the 1984 Olympic Games, which were held in Los Angeles. ... The Games of the XXIII Olympiad were held in 1984 in Los Angeles, United States. ... The Olympic Spirit was written by John Williams for the 1988 Olympics in Calgary and the corresponding NBC broadcast. ... The Games of the XXIV Olympiad were held in 1988 in Seoul, South Korea. ... Seoul (서울, (help· info)) is the capital of South Korea (the Republic of Korea) and is one of the most populous cities in the world, located in the northwestern part of the country on the Han River. ... Summon the Heroes is an Olympic theme written by John Williams for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. ... The 1996 Summer Olympics, formally known as the Games of the XXVI Olympiad and informally known as the Centennial Olympics, were held in 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia, and Birmingham, Alabama, United States. ... This article is about the state capital of Georgia. ... Call of the Champions was composed by John Williams for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... The XIX Olympic Winter Games were held in 2002 in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. ... The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Salt Lake Citys top tourist draw. ...

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