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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

Title: Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, Film Score
Title: Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Film Score
Title: Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Film Score
Title: Superman, Film Score
Title: Jaws, Film Score
Title: 1941, Film Score
Title: Midway, Film Score
Title: E.t. The Extra-terrestrial, Film Score
Title: Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Film Score
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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
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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

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bmlboston12
His film score makes Harry potter and jaws and Star Wars so much better
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graydevelopm e n t
Go Harry Ron Hermione.... . .
Dumbledores side.......
I lllooovvveee the harry potter sires
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Dumbledore's Army!!!!!!!! !
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angelinaesch 3
Harry Potter is da bomb!
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DUMBLEDORE'S ARMY!!
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Please read my bio if you like Harry potter!
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abidestayrem a i n
The Harry Potter music is amazing!!!
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neanrn1
Love his music
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I love the Star Wars music
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raistlin majere > harry pottter
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star wars sucks
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lira_z
@johnwrot It totally does!!! then??? oops wrong song.
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johnwrot
I always get excited because it sounds SOOOO much like Superman. Then it's not.. : (
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elev3
Just yesterday me and my big brother were playing Star Wars
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elev3
Woo woo
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woo woo
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Star wars music! Can I hear a woo woo
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elev3
HP HP HP is the BEST
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junnie76
This song is the best!Hedwig' s t h e m e ! ! W O O P WOOP!
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junnie76
Stop with the chain things!They don't work!If you say don't read this then don't post it!BTW HARRY POTTER IS THE BEST!!!!!!!
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However, I f you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is scary. Put this in at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done, press F6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is scary because it works.
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Love John Williams music because JK Rowling had to love his music!!!!! Long live harry potter!!!!
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Go harry potter anything!!!! !
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teds1551
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However, I f you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is scary. Put this in at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done, press F6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is scary because it works.
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John Williams is the Best!!!
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Still waiting for my hogwarts letter to arrive :) love it
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So AMAZING!!!! He writes so many songs for all these movies we know like Star Wars and Harry Potter Indiana jones lord of the rings. by far my favorite composer
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jmfjr8
Love John Williams so much
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jonns
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Indiana johns
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jonns
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Indiana johns
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jonns
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Indiana johns
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My favorite movie
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ank2001
My favorite composer
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caccamisej9
The GREATEST composer of our time. Just wonderful to listen to someone's music and be able to visualize the motions going on ;)
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djht8
I gotta say my favorites are E.T., Schindler's list, star wars episode IV, V, and II. however most of his works are A+.
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I think he's my favorite composer.
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Episode vii, maybe?
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Harry potter films rule!

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da-crux01
Go team harry potter : )
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Just listening To E.T.
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a_storytelle r
It goes without saying that this man is quite possibly one of the greatest film composers of the modern era. I propose that he could be counted along the greatest composers of the 20th century. The fan given title The Maestro is well deserved. Not only are his film scores timeless, but his concert works are groundbreaki n g and inspired.
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taxbaby41575
But need to play something totally different
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taxbaby41575
I like all the tracks that are being played
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sinistersant i a g o
nice music
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taxbaby41575
Very cool and different
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taxbaby41575
I like jurassic Park and all the other film music
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it does not work you liar
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