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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

F the hater. HARRY POTTER IS AWESOME.
Star wars is the beast
I HATE I HATE. HARRY POTTER star wars is awesome
John Williams is another one of my favorite composers! I love harry potter soo much and If I got a Hogwarts letter no one can keep me from going! And I would be in Slytherin!
nuriaofriven d e l l
John Williams is so super talented! I wish I could be that talented in music
Harry Potter!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
True, but he is still an undeniably amazing composer.
marioojedare a l e s t a t e
Williams is without a doubt the best film composer to have ever lived & I love his music. However, to say he beats any of the Classical music masters of the 17th-19th century is a bit much. Keep in mind that back then all you had was your mind,, you could not record, playback or tweak anything. So to say Williams beats Beethoven is an exaggeration , I love Williams but the complexity + difficulty of what Beethoven, Mozart and Bach among others composed has no equal and I don't think ever will.
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Awesome I love him
courtenaylak e
I think JW beats Beethoven. He is that good, I believe!
john williams is the man
irene.kingho r n
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John Williams is awesome he makes so much songs for movies I love Harry potter and I like star wars and he makes music for both it's a perfect station to make if you like both like me��
Got a harry potter boxed set for Christmas, the radio station I was listening to played this!!!! So funny!!!! Love you, John Williams!!!�
m_s_wolfe
Harry Potter is awesome!!!! !!!!! ❤❤❤❤❤❤
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I love Harry Potter so much I will never stop loving it
I was just reading the Harry Potter Creature Vault when this popped on. Coincidence, no?
londonoclaud i a
I love this guy's bio.
I love Harry potter!
mmmmmmmmmm says the nerd (me)
monimhrz
What songs do like? hmmmm I like BJORK favorite one AHHHHH
Love his music especially in the Harry Potter movies����
Sun rising fang that is fake
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it works
tgee142157
Say iPhone five items post this on two other songs
ourextra
I love John Williams
grablin
He said the disney channel is good
teallaker
You guys really believe that ghmendazona
markschuchma n
John Williams is awesome, but he does not have the most nominations ever, not even close. Walt Disney holds the record for both the most wins and the most nominations.
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it works
hcarbrc
Thank you for this music John Williams! It's fantastic!
angelablomst e d t
I love his music in the harry potter movies! When I read the books, I turn on my harry potter station. Best movie ever!
snowylizzy0
This music is one of the best. I have read all of the Harry Potter books and I love them. This composer is one of the best because he makes you feel all of the emotions in the movie. And also because it sounds beautiful.

Sincerely ,

crophopper69
The Star Wars songs are amazing so are the hook and Harry potter
bachan97
Love it. I always think of the times my kids and I go to Universal Studios and my son playing it with his school band. Memories��
pk_loves_ire n e
John Williams is so fabulous like the Harry potter music was like so amazing I couldn't believe my ears like seriously he is genius
John Williams is amazing.
Don't read this cause it actually works. You will be kissed by your lover on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now that you are reading this don't stop. Post this on 5 songs in 143 minutes. Then press F6 and your lovers name will appear in BIG LETTERS on the screen. This is so scary it actually works.
WOW, that is all. What genius...
kleeh63
Best. Composer. EVER!!!!
Omg as soon as this song came on I stopped writing! I heard that high pitch noise and knew exactly what it was off of and everything!! ! Haha. That wierd.....?! Haha love this song !!
I love you
Jurrasic Park is my fav
Amazing how he recreates the books and movies for Harry Potter. #HarryPotter r a d i o
no offense but he is the best composer of alllll the Harry Potter films. The other composers in the other films just don't capture the magic like Mr. Williams here. Amazing composer and musician!
gods_kid_shm
Immediately recognizable music!Iconic ! Star Wars is truly one of my favs! The music really does make the film and Mr. Williams is one of the greatest.
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