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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
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: The BFG (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Title: The Bfg (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

1. The Bfg (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack): Overture

2. The Bfg (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack): The Witching Hour

3. The Bfg (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack): To Giant Country

4. The Bfg (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack): Dream Country

5. The Bfg (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack): Sophie's Nightmare

6. The Bfg (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack): Building Trust

7. The Bfg (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack): Freshlumpeater

8. The Bfg (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack): Dream Jars

9. The Bfg (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack): Frolic

10. The Bfg (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack): Blowing Dreams

11. The Bfg (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack): Snorting And Sniffing

12. The Bfg (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack): Sophie's Future

13. The Bfg (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack): There Was A Boy

14. The Bfg (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack): The Queen's Dream

15. The Bfg (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack): The Boy's Drawings

16. The Bfg (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack): Meeting The Queen

17. The Bfg (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack): Giants Netted

18. The Bfg (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack): Finale

19. The Bfg (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack): Sophie And The Bfg

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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: 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: A Tribute to John Williams: An 80th Birthday Celebration

1. Sound The Bells!, Fanfare For Brass & Percussion (Or Orchestra): Sound The Bells!

6. War Horse, Film Score: Dartmoor, 1912

7. Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, Film Score: The Adventures Of Mutt

8. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, Film Score: Harry's Wondrous World

13. The Adventures Of Tintin, Film Score: The Adventure Continues

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Track List: War Horse (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Title: War Horse, Film Score

1. War Horse, Film Score: Dartmoor, 1912

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

15. War Horse, Film Score: Remembering Emily, And Finale

16. War Horse, Film Score: The Homecoming

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Track List: Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull

Title: Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Film Score

1. Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Film Score: March

Title: Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, Film Score

2. Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, Film Score: Call Of The Crystal

3. Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, Film Score: The Adventures Of Mutt

4. Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, Film Score: Irina's Theme

5. Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, Film Score: The Snake Pit

6. Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, Film Score: The Spell Of The Skull

7. Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, Film Score: The Journey To Akator

8. Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, Film Score: A Whirl Through Academe

9. Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, Film Score: Return

10. Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, Film Score: The Jungle Chase

11. Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, Film Score: Orellana's Cradle

12. Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, Film Score: Grave Robbers

13. Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, Film Score: Hidden Treasure And The City Of Gold

14. Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, Film Score: Secret Doors And Scorpions

15. Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, Film Score: Oxley's Dilemma

16. Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, Film Score: Ants

17. Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, Film Score: Temple Of Ruins And The Secret Revealed

18. Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, Film Score: The Departure

19. Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, Film Score: Finale

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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

1. Star Wars, Episode IV: A New Hope, Film Score: Suite I. Main Title

Title: Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Film Score

2. Star Wars, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Film Score: Princess Leia's Theme

Title: Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Film Score

3. Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Film Score: March

Title: Superman, Film Score

4. Superman, Film Score: March

5. Superman, Film Score: Love Theme

Title: Jaws, Film Score

6. Jaws, Film Score: Theme

Title: 1941, Film Score

7. 1941, Film Score: March

Title: Midway, Film Score

8. Midway, Film Score: March

Title: E.t. The Extra-terrestrial, Film Score

9. E.t. The Extra-terrestrial, Film Score: Adventure On Earth

10. E.t. The Extra-terrestrial, Film Score: The Flying Theme

Title: Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Film Score

11. Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Film Score: Suite

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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

Disc 1
Disc 2
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Track List: Saving Private Ryan (Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Title: Saving Private Ryan, Film Score

1. Saving Private Ryan, Film Score: Hymn To The Fallen

2. Saving Private Ryan, Film Score: Revisiting Normandy

3. Saving Private Ryan, Film Score: Omaha Beach

4. Saving Private Ryan, Film Score: Finding Private Ryan

5. Saving Private Ryan, Film Score: Approaching The Enemy

6. Saving Private Ryan, Film Score: Defense Preparations

7. Saving Private Ryan, Film Score: Wade's Death

8. Saving Private Ryan, Film Score: High School Teacher

9. Saving Private Ryan, Film Score: The Last Battle

10. Saving Private Ryan, Film Score: Hymn To The Fallen (Reprise)

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Track List: Jurassic Park: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Title: Jurassic Park, Film Score

1. Jurassic Park, Film Score: Opening Titles

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: Hook: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Title: Hook, Film Score

1. Hook, Film Score: Prologue

2. Hook, Film Score: We Don't Wanna Grow Up

3. Hook, Film Score: Banning Back Home

4. Hook, Film Score: Granny Wendy

5. Hook, Film Score: Hook-napped

6. Hook, Film Score: The Arrival Of Tink And The Flight To Neverland

7. Hook, Film Score: Presenting The Hook

8. Hook, Film Score: From Mermaids To Lost Boys

9. Hook, Film Score: The Lost Boy Chase

10. Hook, Film Score: Smee's Plan

11. Hook, Film Score: The Banquet

12. Hook, Film Score: The Never-feast

13. Hook, Film Score: Remembering Childhood

14. Hook, Film Score: You Are The Pan

15. Hook, Film Score: When You're Alone

16. Hook, Film Score: The Ultimate War

17. Hook, Film Score: Farewell Neverland

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Track List: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

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Harry Potter for life!
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I LOVE Harry Potter!
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Go Hogwarts!!!
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JohnSolo you are being a cruel troll that is rude and offensive. We are allowed to like what we like and nobody should criticize us because of it.
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Harry Potter is awesome!I would love to join the 8-year-old Potterheads!
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Yikes, I'm now being attacked by an army of 8-year-old Potterheads. Oh well, that's life for ya.
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JohnSolo you suck Hogwarts rules and you drool!����
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Ha ha ha! JohnSolo that kid isn't even worth it...
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And surely there are more effective ways to insult people than calling them "evil" and " disgusting", though I usually don't expect much from immature 8-year-old trolls.
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@conkinfam3 - LOTR (Lord Of The Rings) happens to be the most critically acclaimed movie franchise of all time.
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Tomorrow is Friday
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Tv when on Star Wars
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BOOOOOOOO JOHNSOLO U ARE EVIL AND DISGUSTING. WHAT THE HELL IS LORT IT SUCKS WHATEVER IT IS.

HOGWARTS IS AMAZING GOOOOOOOOOOO O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O Ò O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O HARRY POTTER IT IS SECOND BEST TO START WARS
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Good night bye tomorrow text you
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Vader have people know son
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Like Star Wars
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Hey the starwars soundtrack is so good I listen to it when I sleep
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Dope as Frick
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Classic
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Lol JohnSolo! I like both! Lol
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Really JohnSolo?? lol
Oh well
Anyways, has anyone else gotten spammed by "the Wish App" ads?
Because they come up every other song and it's so freaking annoying
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Hogwarts sucks. Go LOTR.
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JP 4eva!
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Jurassic Park!
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Go Hogwarts!
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Your music is so amazing awesome
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Who ever love Harry , Hermione,and Ron say :Go Hogwarts!
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I absolutely love your music in Star Wars but I especially love it in Harry Potter!Harry Potter Rules!��
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Ok
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AND STAR WARS!
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I LOVE HARRY POTTER!
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Me too I like the force awakens because I like the way that the force is so strong #force
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I have seen all of them. They are awesome! My fav is The Force Awakens

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DARTH MAULS THEME
THE BEST EPISODE 1 PHANTOM MENACE AMAZING BEST BEST BEST I LOVE IT
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I love Harry Potter
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Yay
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JURASSIC PARK :) :) :)
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If you think I did watch all Star wars movies leve a coment now plz plz
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And every day
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MAY The FORCE BE WITH YOU Tomorrow
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Me + all Star wars movies = a Star wars fan!#i watched all of the Star wars coment if you think I did each all movies and Happy Valentines
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Music + Me + Star Wars = Awesome
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One of the best!
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John Williams music has held me though countless hours of cramming for tests.
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