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John Williams

The most popular film composer of the modern era, John Williams created music for some of the most successful motion pictures in Hollywood history -- Star Wars, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, Jurassic Park and Harry Potter are just four of the credits in his extensive oeuvre. Born February 8, 1932, in Floral Park, New York, he was the son of a movie studio musician, and he followed in his father's footsteps by studying music at UCLA and Juilliard; initially, he pursued a career as a jazz pianist, later working with Henry Mancini to compose the score for the hit television series Peter Gunn. Williams then went solo to pen a number of TV soundtracks for series including Playhouse 90, Wagon Train, and Bachelor Father; in 1959 he ventured into film with Daddy-O, and spent the majority of the 1960s alternating between the silver screen (The Killers, The Plainsman) and its smaller counterpart (Gilligan's Island, Lost in Space).

In 1968 Williams earned his first Academy Award nomination for his work in Valley of the Dolls; in 1970, he garnered nods for both The Reivers and Goodbye, Mr. Chips, and two years later finally won for Fiddler on the Roof. A slew of Oscar nominations followed, for features including The Poseidon Adventure, Images, Tom Sawyer, and The Towering Inferno.

In 1980, Williams took over for the late Arthur Fiedler as the conductor of the Boston Pops, a position he would hold until 1993, when he passed the baton to Keith Lockhart.

Over much of his career, two major relationships helped cement Williams' iconic legacy in film and music. In 1974 he teamed with a young filmmaker named Steven Spielberg for the first time on a movie titled The Sugarland Express. Over the coming decades, the two frequently reteamed, often with stunning results -- Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Empire of the Sun, Indiana Jones, E.T., Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, Munich and War Horse were just a few of the Spielberg/Williams pairings, with Jaws, E.T. and Schindler's List all winning the composer Academy Awards. Notably, Williams has scored every Spielberg film with only two exceptions: 1985's The Color Purple and 2015's Bridge of Spies. The pair continued their collaborative magic for 2016's adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic, The BFG.

Williams' other frequent collaborator was George Lucas; beginning with 1977's Star Wars -- yet another Williams Oscar winner -- they later teamed for 1980's The Empire Strikes Back and 1983's Return of the Jedi (with the composer agreeing to score Lucas' Star Wars prequel trilogy as they went into production in 1997). A decade after the final prequel film, 2005's Revenge of the Sith, Williams returned to the beloved universe -- this time with J.J. Abrams in the director's chair -- scoring the first installment of the sequel trilogy, The Force Awakens, in 2015.

Other film scores of note included 1979's Superman, 1987's The Witches of Eastwick, 1988's The Accidental Tourist, 1991's JFK, 1995's Nixon, 1997's Amistad, and the entire Harry Potter film series. His Grammy wins include Jaws, Star Wars, Close Encounters, Superman, Indiana Jones, ET, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, Angela's Ashes, Memoirs of a Geisha, Munich and the Book Thief.

In addition to receiving the Olympic Order award from the International Olympic Committee in 2003 and the National Medal of Arts at the White House in 2009, Williams was the first composer to receive the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award in 2016. ~ Jason Ankeny & Neil Z. Yeung
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Lincoln (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Title: Lincoln, Film Score

1. Lincoln, Film Score: The People's House

2. Lincoln, Film Score: The Purpose Of The Amendment

3. Lincoln, Film Score: Getting Out The Vote

4. Lincoln, Film Score: The American Process

5. Lincoln, Film Score: The Blue And Grey

6. Lincoln, Film Score: With Malice Toward None

7. Lincoln, Film Score: Call To Muster, And Battle Cry Of Freedom

8. Lincoln, Film Score: The Southern Delegation, And The Dream

9. Lincoln, Film Score: Father And Son

10. Lincoln, Film Score: The Race To The House

11. Lincoln, Film Score: Equality Under The Law

12. Lincoln, Film Score: Freedom's Call

13. Lincoln, Film Score: Elegy

14. Lincoln, Film Score: Remembering Willie

15. Lincoln, Film Score: Appomattox, April 9, 1865

16. Lincoln, Film Score: The Petersen House, And Finale

17. Lincoln, Film Score: "With Malice Toward None" (Piano Solo)

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Track List: John Williams: The Seville Concert From The Royal Alcázar Palace

Composer: Isaac Albéniz
Title: Suite Española No. 1, For Piano, Op. 47, B. 7
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Title: Partita For Lute In E Major, Bwv 1006a (Bc L171)

2. Partita For Lute In E Major, Bwv 1006a (Bc L171): I. Prelude

Composer: Domenico Scarlatti
Title: Sonata For Keyboard In D Minor, K. 213 (L. 108) "The Lover"
Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
Title: Lute (Chamber) Concerto, For Lute (Or Guitar), 2 Violins & Continuo In D Major, Rv 93
Composer: Yukihiro Yoko
Title: Theme And Variations On "Sakura, Sakura" For Guitar

7. Theme And Variations On "Sakura, Sakura" For Guitar: Sakura

Composer: Nikita Koshkin
Title: Usher Waltz, For Guitar (After Edgar Allan Poe), Op. 29
Composer: Isaac Albéniz
Title: Cantos De España, Pieces (5) For Piano, Op. 232, B. 44

9. Cantos De España, Pieces (5) For Piano, Op. 232, B. 44: Asturias

Composer: Agustín Barrios-Mangoré
Title: Un Sueño En La Floresta, For Guitar

10. Un Sueño En La Floresta, For Guitar: Sueno En La Floresta

Composer: Joaquín Rodrigo
Title: Concierto De Aranjuez For Guitar & Orchestra
Composer: Isaac Albéniz
Title: Piezas Características (12), For Piano, Op. 92, B. 29

12. Piezas Características (12), For Piano, Op. 92, B. 29: Torre Bermeja

Title: Suite Española No. 1, For Piano, Op. 47, B. 7

13. Suite Española No. 1, For Piano, Op. 47, B. 7: Granada (Serenata)

Title: Cantos De España, Pieces (5) For Piano, Op. 232, B. 44

15. Cantos De España, Pieces (5) For Piano, Op. 232, B. 44: Cordoba

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Track List: Jurassic Park: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Title: Jurassic Park, Film Score

1. Jurassic Park, Film Score: Opening Titles

2. Jurassic Park, Film Score: Theme From Jurassic Park

4. Jurassic Park, Film Score: Journey To The Island

5. Jurassic Park, Film Score: The Raptor Attack

6. Jurassic Park, Film Score: Hatching Baby Raptor

7. Jurassic Park, Film Score: Welcome To Jurassic Park

8. Jurassic Park, Film Score: My Friend, The Brachiosaurus

9. Jurassic Park, Film Score: Dennis Steals The Embryo

10. Jurassic Park, Film Score: A Tree For My Bed

11. Jurassic Park, Film Score: High-wire Stunts

12. Jurassic Park, Film Score: Remembering Petticoat Lane

13. Jurassic Park, Film Score: Jurassic Park Gate

14. Jurassic Park, Film Score: Eye To Eye

15. Jurassic Park, Film Score: T-rex Rescue And Finale

16. Jurassic Park, Film Score: End Credits

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Track List: Digital Jukebox: John Williams and the Boston Pops

Composer: Gene Raskin
Title: Those Were The Days, Song
Composer: Manos Hadjidakis
Title: Never On Sunday, Film Score
Composer: Antonio Carlos Jobim
Title: Garota De Ipanema, Song (A.k.a. "The Girl From Ipanema")
Composer: Michel Legrand
Title: The Summer Of '42, Film Score
Composer: Kurt Weill
Title: Die Moritat Von Mackie Messer (The Ballad Of Mack The Knife), Song For Voice & Piano (from "Die Dreigroschenoper")
Composer: Georges Auric
Title: Moulin Rouge, Film Score
Composer: Henry Mancini
Title: The Pink Panther, Film Score
Title: Days Of Wine And Roses (for The Film The Days Of Wine And Roses)
Composer: Max Steiner
Title: A Summer Place, Film Score
Composer: Alex North
Title: Unchained Melody, Song (from The Film "Unchained")
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Track List: Echoes Of London

Composer: Ralph McTell
Title: Streets Of London

1. Streets Of London: Streets Of London

Composer: William Byrd
Title: Lavolta, For Keyboard No. 2 In G Minor, Mb 91

2. Lavolta, For Keyboard No. 2 In G Minor, Mb 91: La Volta

Composer: Henry Purcell
Title: Work(s)

3. Work(s): Air On A Ground Bass

Composer: Alan Clare
Title: Holland Park

4. Holland Park: Holland Park

Composer: George Frideric Handel
Title: Work(s)

5. Work(s): Courante

Title: Suite For Keyboard (Suite De Piece), Vol.1, No.5 In E Major ("The Harmonious Blacksmith"), Hwv 430

7. Suite For Keyboard (Suite De Piece), Vol.1, No.5 In E Major ("The Harmonious Blacksmith"), Hwv 430: IV. Air Con Variazioni (Andantino)

Composer: Sir Edward Elgar
Title: Salut D'amour, For Violin & Piano, Op. 12
Composer: Noël Coward
Title: London Pride
Composer: George Gershwin
Title: A Foggy Day (in London Town), Song (from A Damsel In Distress, Film)

12. A Foggy Day (in London Town), Song (from A Damsel In Distress, Film): A Foggy Day

Composer: Eric Coates
Title: London (London Every Day), Suite For Orchestra
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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: The BFG (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

1. Overture

2. The Witching Hour

3. To Giant Country

4. Dream Country

5. Sophie's Nightmare

6. Building Trust

7. Freshlumpeater

8. Dream Jars

9. Frolic

10. Blowing Dreams

11. Snorting And Sniffing

12. Sophie's Future

13. There Was A Boy

14. The Queen's Dream

15. The Boy's Drawings

16. Meeting The Queen

17. Giants Netted

18. Finale

19. Sophie And The BFG

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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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Jurassic Park forever! The film score and movie is so much better than Star Wars!!!!
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STAR Wars
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6 minutes of happiness in my life
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And May the Force be With You
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Composer of 2 of my favorite series. Harry Potter and Star Wars. Thank you John Wiliams.
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Welcome to Jurassic park
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Jurassic park brings old times back love this music
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Star Wars is awasomeeeeee e e e e e e e e e e e e e ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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I love all your songs
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John Williams has brought more joy to the world of music and film than any composer ever Has! I adore his brilliant Mind! Thank you John Williams.
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I love you so much better than that of my life and you can do that
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U r amazing!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! When u die, u music will always b remembered and never forgotten!!! ! ! ! ! ! God bless u n ur music!!!!!!! ! ! !
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Jurassic Park is the absolute BEST!!! Nothing, NOTHING, beats that film score
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Just fantastic
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I don't like it when Vader dies.
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I love you so much
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General Huxley reminds me of Ron weasley
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I love STAR WARS its so good it's awesome with music I love Yoda so cute I love Luke,Han
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Seen Jurassic park,Jurassi c park the lost world,Jurass i c park 3,and
Jurassic world did good on Jurassic park
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It is my dream to meet you one day.
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I love Star Wars, so I love your music!
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Lov ur music
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I love your movies!!!!!!
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Too Funny
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Originals are better. So much better.
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Spoiler alert:



Han Solo dies and the girl knows how to use the Force I don't know how but probably because she is a cousin of Luke and Lea.��
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I like star wars the force awakens soundtrack my favorite.
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Hey everyone, If you are a John Powell fan (Composer of How to train your dragon), you should join my band of soldiers. We call ourselves the Powell Dragons. I'm trying to gather an army.
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kdipeppino
Obi wan just died: I HATE YOU VADER

Y0da just died: eh. Whatever.

Vader just died: nice one luke.

Solo just died: no no no no!!!!! *soooooooob soooob sob* COME BACK!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! !
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Uhhhhhhhhhhh h h h h h h h h ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
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Gaaaaahhhhh!
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When Vader died: yeah! Go Luke!
When Solo died:�������
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AWESOME!!! �������� I REALLY like the Star Wars force awakens and all the other music he does. ITS ALL AWESOME!!! ������
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Today's math class is

Anakin + padme = love
Han Solo + Leia = love
Finn + Rey = love
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Yup
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I agree
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The only bad part of Star Wars the force awakens is when Han gets murdered
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Hey batman you realize his fan base is the biggest right now for a composer
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I wish every composer was like him
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He is totally the absolute best composer ever
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Good job John although you probably aren't going to see this you have a huge fan base
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Love your music
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The always under appreciated E.T ,which was awesome
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Star Wars the force awakens was AMAZING
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STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS MOVIE: >:P
STAR WARS THE FORCE AWAKENS SOUNDTRACK: :D

ANT THE HARRY POTTER SOUNDTRACKS! ! AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL. I LOVE HARRY POTTER!!!!
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I have Star Wars family members
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Star Wars, Superman, Harry Potter, he can add music to anything. He is so so awesome.
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I could never get tired of listening to this music. It's so perfect and beautifully done :)
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