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John Williams (Composer)

February 8, 1932 -
born in Flushing, NY, composed during the Contemporary period
Quick, who's the one person who has been nominated for an Oscar more often than anyone else in any category? That would be composer John Williams, nominated over 40 times for his original film scores and orchestrations. He received his first Oscar nomination in 1969 for the score to Valley of the Dolls, and since then he has become the most recognized film composer in history, not just because of his scores, but also because he has successfully followed in Arthur Fiedler's footsteps as conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra.

Williams grew up in New York, where his father was drummer in the Raymond Scott Quintette and other bands. All four children in the family naturally took music lessons. Williams studied piano as a child, and later trumpet, trombone, and clarinet. He did some work as a teenager with pianist and arranger Bobby van Epps, and also enrolled in composition classes at UCLA before joining the U.S. Air Force in 1951, where he arranged band music and took up conducting. Williams studied piano with Rosina Lhevinne at Juilliard and worked as a jazz pianist. He then returned to California and studied composition with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. His compositional career began in the early 1960s with television series such as Peter Gunn, Wagon Train, Gilligan's Island, and Lost in Space. He was able to work as an orchestrator and arranger with industry giants Bernard Herrmann, Franz Waxman, Alfred Newman, Henry Mancini, and André Previn. In 1972 he received his first Academy Award for his adaptation of Jerry Bock's music for Fiddler on the Roof, but it was his scores for Steven Spielberg's Jaws (1975) and George Lucas' Star Wars (1977) that brought him real notice. Those full, orchestral scores lead some to claim that he alone was responsible for reviving the symphonic style of film music and were the beginning of two long-standing composer/director partnerships. A public face appeared to go with the name when Williams was chosen to conduct the Boston Pops after Fiedler's death. Under his leadership, the orchestra maintained its popularity, toured America several times, and made concert versions of his movie themes regular pops fare. Although maintaining close ties to Boston after leaving the Pops in 1993 and continuing to guest conduct a number of orchestras, Williams has spent more of his time since the mid-1990s composing concert music, such as 1995's bassoon concerto The Five Sacred Trees, and 2000's violin concerto TreeSong, while still charming cinema audiences with music that, while fully rooted in traditional Romantic idioms, easily expresses the emotion and action of the film's story. ~ Patsy Morita, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best Of John Williams & The Bosto

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Track List: Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban

Title: Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, Film Score
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Track List: Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets

Title: Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, Film Score
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Track List: Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Title: Harry Potter And The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, Film Score

1. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, Film Score: Prologue

2. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, Film Score: Harry's Wondrous World

3. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, Film Score: The Arrival Of Baby Harry

4. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, Film Score: Visit To The Zoo And Letter From Hogwarts

5. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, Film Score: Diagon Alley And The Gringotts Vault

6. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, Film Score: Platform Nine-and-three-quarters / The Journey To Hogwarts

7. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, Film Score: Entry Into The Great Hall And The Banquet

8. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, Film Score: Mr. Longbottom Flies

9. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, Film Score: Hogwarts Forever! / The Moving Stairs

10. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, Film Score: The Norwegian Ridgeback / A Change Of Season

11. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, Film Score: The Quidditch Match

12. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, Film Score: Christmas At Hogwarts

13. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, Film Score: The Invisibility Cloak / The Library Scene

14. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, Film Score: Fluffy's Harp

15. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, Film Score: In The Devil's Snare / The Flying Keys

16. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, Film Score: The Chess Game

17. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, Film Score: The Face Of Voldemort

18. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, Film Score: Leaving Hogwarts

19. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, Film Score: Hedwig's Theme

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Track List: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

Title: Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Film Score
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Track List: John Williams - Greatest Hits 1969 - 1999

Disc 1

1. Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, Film Score: Suite I. Main Title

2. E.t. The Extra-terrestrial, Film Score: The Flying Theme

3. Superman, Film Score: Superman Main Theme

4. Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom, Film Score: Parade Of The Slave Children

5. Sugarland Express, Film Score: Main Theme

6. Jaws, Film Score: Theme

7. Olympic Fanfare And Theme, For Orchestra: Olympic Fanfare And Theme

8. Star Wars, Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi, Film Score: Luke And Leia

9. The Reivers, Film Score: The Reivers: Main Title

10. Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Film Score: The Imperial March

11. Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, Film Score: Scherzo For Motorcycle And Orchestra

12. Empire Of The Sun, Film Score: Cadillac Of The Skies

13. Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Film Score: March

14. Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Film Score: Suite

Disc 2
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Track List: Jaws: Anniversary Collector's Edition

Title: Jaws, Film Score

1. Jaws, Film Score: Main Title And First Victim

2. Jaws, Film Score: The Empty Raft

3. Jaws, Film Score: The Pier Incident

4. Jaws, Film Score: The Shark Cage Fugue

5. Jaws, Film Score: Shark Attack

6. Jaws, Film Score: Ben Gardner's Boat

7. Jaws, Film Score: Montage

8. Jaws, Film Score: Father And Son

9. Jaws, Film Score: Into The Estuary

10. Jaws, Film Score: Out To Sea

11. Jaws, Film Score: Man Against Beast

12. Jaws, Film Score: Quint's Tale

13. Jaws, Film Score: Brody Panics

14. Jaws, Film Score: Barrel Off Starboard

15. Jaws, Film Score: The Great Shark Chase

16. Jaws, Film Score: Three Barrels Under

17. Jaws, Film Score: Between Attacks

18. Jaws, Film Score: The Shark Approaches

19. Jaws, Film Score: Blown To Bits

20. Jaws, Film Score: 'Jaws' End Titles

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Track List: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Original Soundtrack)

Title: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Film Score

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Film Score: Main Title And The Attack On The Jakku Village

2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Film Score: The Scavenger

3. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Film Score: I. Can Fly Anything

4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Film Score: Rey Meets Bb-8

5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Film Score: Follow Me

6. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Film Score: Rey's Theme

7. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Film Score: The Falcon

8. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Film Score: That Girl With The Staff

9. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Film Score: The Rathtars!

10. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Film Score: Finn's Confession

11. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Film Score: Maz's Counsel

12. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Film Score: The Starkiller

13. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Film Score: Kylo Ren Arrives At The Battle

14. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Film Score: The Abduction

15. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Film Score: Han And Leia

16. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Film Score: March Of The Resistance

17. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Film Score: Snoke

18. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Film Score: On The Inside

19. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Film Score: Torn Apart

20. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Film Score: The Ways Of The Force

21. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Film Score: Scherzo For X-wings

22. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Film Score: Farewell And The Trip

23. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Film Score: The Jedi Steps And Finale

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Track List: War Horse (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Title: War Horse, Film Score

2. War Horse, Film Score: The Auction

3. War Horse, Film Score: Bringing Joey Home, And Bonding

4. War Horse, Film Score: Learning The Call

5. War Horse, Film Score: Seeding, And Horse Vs. Car

6. War Horse, Film Score: Plowing

7. War Horse, Film Score: Ruined Crop, And Going To War

8. War Horse, Film Score: The Charge And Capture

9. War Horse, Film Score: The Desertion

10. War Horse, Film Score: Joey's New Friends

11. War Horse, Film Score: Pulling The Cannon

12. War Horse, Film Score: The Death Of Topthorn

13. War Horse, Film Score: No Man's Land

14. War Horse, Film Score: The Reunion

16. War Horse, Film Score: The Homecoming

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And hey jawsGirl THAT IS AWESOME!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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STAR WARS FOREVER!!!!! !
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My band played this and The March of the Resistance at our last concert. I am the only girl saxophone in the band and I had to sit up front were most people could see me it was really nerve racking.
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I LOVE HARRY POTTER AND IM ON THE LAST BOOK!!!!!!
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Go euphoniums! I love hogwarts and Star Wars!
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John Williams, the music of my home, Star Wars.

May the force b with you
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I look forward to Star Wars because of the music
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❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ � so amazing !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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:)
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My band is playing this at our concert on Wednesday. We have placed at one of the top 5 middle school bands of America.
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Being a Harry Potter AND a Star Wars junky, I love this guy!! ��������
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I play cello!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! Go Cello
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I listen to Star Wars music all the time. I love your music!
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msljml2
Do you know why Han Solo dies in The Force Awakens????
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abigaildrako n
Also Star Wars seven Reys theme is amazing. Learning to play it on the violin.
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abigaildrako n
Man, Harry Potter 1 soundtrack has just an eerily beautiful tone to it.
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The entire 7 minute Star Wars film score came on and I was super happy and then Pandora decided to crash and when I went back to listen to star wars radio, the superman film score played and I was just like nope, it's not the same.
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Love it. I made this for my brother
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jnicole.mill e r
Bum bum bum bum ba bum bum ba buummmm
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John Williams is incredible!
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All of John William's music is absolutely amazing!
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tiafe
Listening to this song on May the 4th! Lol!!!!!! ����
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Luke looks so ugly in the new movie!!!! He used to look cute!!!!!!!! ! ! ! Come back Luke!!!!!!!! ! ! ������������
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Rens theme is amazing. The rest of the score is so-so. Quiet
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Loved the new movie!
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@Ellie_Sattl e r _ T h e _ S u r v i v o r I do! I got here from Jurassic Park
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I've been listening to his albums since I was a child. I still listen to his music while I sculpt or relax. I actually find it inspirationa l . (: Love Williams's work.
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cambrialee1
I LOVE LOVE LOVE his works for Star Wars and Harry Potter!!!!!! ! ! he does above and beyond for everything he does.
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He is amazing
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mtharker
John Williams is the best!!!!!!!! !
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Han is my favorite
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kjray03
Love his Star Wars music
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He is the best like ever
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Oh gosh the beginning is chilling...
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benjamincask e y 0 2
He did a good job with 20th century foxes star wars
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La_mariposa2 2 I agree with u Kylo Ren is the best character in the movie but I cried when he killed Hans Solo!!!!D':
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He's awesome
Love his music
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Doesn't anyone care about Jurassic. park and ET
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So many Star Wars Fans...
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Agreed
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How dare you say Kylo Ren is a idiot he is not an idiot cats.tiny.sp a r k
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You are awesome
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10/10
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Kylo Ren is an idiot. He killed his one father!!!!!! ! ! ! ! !
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John Williams did an awesome job on The Force Awakens music.
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So good!! True good man!


May the force b with you!
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John williams is the man
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John Williams is such a Jedi like man! The force is definitely strong with this one!

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John Williams is the Beethoven of the 21st century. Need I say more or why?
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The best composer ever
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