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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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The theme to Jurassic park brings me back to childhood every time!
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trudy.dyreng
Andre Rieu
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Darth Vader rules!!!
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Boba fett FTW
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@soccergoali e 9 3 3 raises hand
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My favorite compose and one of the best ever; possibly the greatest movie score writer ever
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shellymoreno 3
Raises hand for Order of the pheniox�����
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Living Legend
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monsterdog_5
For my money, the best composer of the 20th century, carrying on a tradition first laid down by the likes of Bizet, Rossini, and Strauss in the opera in the 19th century.
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STAR WARS IS THE BETS GUYS
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Raise your hands if you like Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! *raises hand hopefully*
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kellyjanerid e r
Probably the best composer of all time with the exception of some others
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dbrown9015
OH AND HOW DID I FORGET JURASSIC PARK
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dbrown9015
STAR WARS HARRY POTTER INDIANA JONES YOU ARE AMAZING
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YOU MADE THE HARRY POTTER FILM SCORE! YOUR AMAZING
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ehaggerty081 0
Harry Potter is the best ever!!!!
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Yeah! Star wars!
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best song righter ever
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Empire is the best Star Wars ST, it's the first time we hear the Imperial March, and the asteroid field section is awesome
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joycew069
Hey Kennedy do you still enjoy jazz( Grace)
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joycew069
what about the Thomas Crown Affair film sound track anyone check that out. excellent
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Man I love star wars music can I hear a woo woo
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pezboy12
STAR WARSSSSSSSSS S S S S S S ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Why no love for jurassic parks film score they bring back so many child memories of watching the dinosaurs eat people with kick a** music.
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1941
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Harry Potter is the best
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If only fiction boys were teal
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I love u Harry!!!!
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Why is it that most of u harry potter lovers have private profiles? I want to follow u!
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There once was a boy named Harry, destined to be a star...
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Go Star Wars!!!!
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Harry Potter, the greatest film ever produced!!!! ! !
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His film score makes Harry potter and jaws and Star Wars so much better
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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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The Harry Potter music is amazing!!!
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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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@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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Just yesterday me and my big brother were playing Star Wars
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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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HP HP HP is the BEST
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