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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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Thaks for your music john !really transporte me to another place of joy!!!
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mjdollens
love harry potter!!!!!
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love, love, love!!!!
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The best overall be great for a band teacher
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My absolute favorite composer, I always feel a bit of nostalgia when I listen to his music, it just makes me happy.
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Memorable track after memorable track, a true musical genius. Thanks for all the entertainmen t and magical music Mr. Williams. (Currently listening to the Jurassic Park theme)
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He is awesome composer
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LOVE His WORk!!! Expesh Harry Potter
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Love the star wars soooooooo freaking much!!!! Episode 3 is the one that gives me the most feels!!!
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wxnut2000
The greatest Composer ever!!
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Genius! Love the heck out of Star Wars!!!
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John Williams composed the best music for the Harry Potter movies. He's freaking amazing at what he does.
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You're a wizard, Larry
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mishman30
YOU ARE AWESOME!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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chesscoach2
John Williams is the best.
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John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, and Elmer Bernstein. Best of the Best. Todays composers need to study these gentleman's work.
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jmfjr8
Listening to Jurassic park want to see Jurassic world so bad
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John Williams made very good music. He made it with lots of heart. You can feel what that character was going through.
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The best composer ever better then Hans zimmer better than every single composer in the world yes even u Howard shore
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The greatest Composer in human history!
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Talented man
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I'm a big fan of Harry potter
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Can't wait to hear his next work for the new Star Wars !!!! My all time favorite composer
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Schindler's List, Jurassic Park, and Star Wars are my favorite Scores that he writes. Literally cannot wait for the Music for the next Star Wars movie that he is writing.
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shayewils
I don't care if he's 83,he still is in 1st place on my
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shayewils
DUDE!!!!! I love his Jurassic park,Star Wars,Harry potter and jaws.best of the best dudes!!!!
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jackson.newb y . j n
John Williams inspired me to become a musician.
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Star Wars is indomitable compared to Harry Pothead
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Number one Musician I'd like to meet, right there. (Sorry Hans Zimmer, you're second place :P )
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A Truly remarkable man and like the rain his music can get to you suddenly in some unexpected hidden place
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John Williams is the man! Moosebutter has a youtube video of themselves doing a 4 part medley of some of his greats. Very popular among the A Capella community... the last phrase is John Williams is the Man! Ne'er Truer words been spoken.
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lawrence6bre w e r
Things I like to him is the Olympic fanfare and theme. The music is so, well I honestly say, I don't know how much I like it. I like especially at the end when the song had pretty well-made ending. I've nevertheless doubted now much I honestly like his music. ☺;-) :-P :-<
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I like the theme to jaws play it or else this will hapin:dum dum dum dum dum dum dum dum da da da!da da da da da da jaws just kiled you����
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I LOVE John Williams! My favorite movies have his music and I always have his music stuck in my head. There is not one movie that I have not seen with his music in it. He is my idol!!!!
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Movies and their film scores that are radical: Harry Potter, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Narnia, Jurassic Park, Avatar, and a few others.
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Star Wars is pretty cool I have to admit. Harry Potter RULES, though.
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Excuse me Nathaniel some people do care, FWI.
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John Williams is fantastic I'd like to meet the guy
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Everybody has to see Jurassic World It Is Great
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JURASSIC WORLD COMES OUT TODAY!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! I'M GOING TO SEE IT TONIGHT!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Correction: No one cares what everyone else says on comments. Pandora comments are more like internet graffiti.
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Apparently no one cares for jurassic park either and the upcoming movie jurassic world which the soundtracks not bad on even though John Williams not doing the score actually
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Seriously? Does no one care about Star Wars anymore? :(
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Harry potter will ALWAYS be the best thing ever!!! even in the year 100000000000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 :3
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You can leaven the best. I'm
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WHO'S READY FOR EPISODE VII?????????
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I only want Harry Potter. Love Harry potter.
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I hope the jurassic world score will be just as god as the original or close cant wait to hear the film score and watch the movie
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