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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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Comments

I love starwars!!!! ! ! !
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OMG! I've been involved in music all my life and I have to say that Mr. Williams here is the reason I began taking music lessons! Where would I be without you? I love his unique style. You can always tell when a piece has been written by Williams!
katekimis
I like ninja turtles too!
Harry Potter has Been my favorite since i was very little
pvc3434
I love harry Potter!
katekimis
I LOVE harry potter too!! And star wars!!!!
This freaked me out! This isn't fake! Apparently if you stick your thumb up 10 different peoples buttholes, you'll have the best day of your life the next day. If you don't stick your thumb up 10 different peoples buttholes, you'll be visited by five floating penises in your dream that will s**t all over you. Quick! Don't break this chain!
Ok
I LOVE HP (Harry Potter)! For all the Potteheads who read this, go to pottermore.c o m and get signed up!
elmcg794
This freaked me out! This isn't fake appearently u copy and paste this on 10 different comments you will have the best day tommorow. U will either get asked out or kissed. If you break this chain you will see a dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 min someone will say I love you or I'm sorry.
shenandoahpl a n e c a r e
It looks like you wasted even more time in grade school English class.
anw2287
Do not read to late you just wasted 5 seconds of your life.
Love this song!!!
Awesome
dragonlady60 8 8
This song is for u ...Robinxoxo r i p
Awesome
John Williams is probably the world's best musician of this age.
Follow my channel and I will follow u back
jacob.querid o
Ive performed five sacred trees one of my favorite songs to play on bassoon that and sorcerers apprentice
Your music is awesome!!!!! :)
ashby.family
You're asome
better
books are bretter
Nice, clean cut, elegant works of art. The only reason that people love movies and especially action/drama t i c scenes is because of that beautiful composition that the composers create. Thankyou John Williams for all the great memories I have of amazing suspenseful fighting/dra m a t i c scenes.
I didn't know who he was untill I was givein a pice of music writen by him in my music class. Ever since then I have loved and enjoyed his music. John Williams is amasing.
His composing is amazing he did the best on Star Wars
I love his work. I mostly love the Harry Potter ones of his work. Though I bet he's really good with other movies
He makes the star wars songs so AWESOME
jr. don't call me jr. why do you all ways call him jr. that's his name I prefer indeana we named the dog indeana, you were named after a dog? I have fond memorys of that dog.
clarehensley 9 9
Love listening to him whenever the moment arises. He is one of my all time favorite composers.
beautiful... love his work on star wars
I like light sabors spieummm hum.. yeouch I just cut my foot
lotusblossom 8 1
One of the items on my bucket list was to see John Williams conduct his original film scores live while he was still alive. I just recently did on August 2, 2014 at Tanglewood, MA with the Boston Pops Orchestra, and it was wonderful. Magical. But it's not enough for me! I need to see him as many times as I can before a true genius is lost to us forever. If there were one mentor I'd like to have... it would be him!
I absoultly love John Wiliams. All his music is amazing and wonderful to play. John, you are my hero.
dragonlady60 8 8
Excellent movie and music!
Follow me and I shall follow you back-
Tom
Wanna sing this song so bad for choirs
sliptera_666
My balls itch ......... Um ......... An incompatible composer, non the less, a mix of complex emotions fills me with every note played on that little number. I mean that track.......
Harry potter and jaws et are his best work
I love all the Harry Potter music. Its just incredible
John, I love the music you did for Harry potter! You are amazing!
He hehehe he he he he he, he hehehehehe hehehehe heeeeeeh
John Williams is an amazing composer!!!! ! ! ! !
John is an amazing !!!
John William is my hero! If only I could compose like he can!
This is awesome (Swings a light saber found in the junkyard)
John Williams FTW
John Williams is the best composer that has and ever will live.
I <3 this song John Williams is amazing
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