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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 like the Harry potter books and movies but that's to far
fear not the potterheads in all their power, for soon will blossom their fianl hour, when love and magic re-unite, and all we believers join Dumbledoor's fight. In a mighty final breath, Snape bears arms to the Doors of death
Hermione: Ron, drink your polyjuice potion and don't look at me like that!
Ron: (totally bossed) (to Harry) Dang she's right ya know
I'm Hairy, Hairy Otter (so boss it defies gravity in 4000 ways)
Harry Potter is my passsst, presssent, and future! Muahahahahah a h !
Harry potter ��
Hello everyone potter fans follow mme
OMG I played this in band... yes I'm a band geek deal with it
QUICK COPY AND PASTE if you don't you will be subjected to torture by your own crazy mind and driven insane to suicide if you don't paste this in 100 other songs in 2 hours
Love going to a movie and seeing that the scores are by John Williams. I know I can enjoy the movie!
I love star wars
If u follow my channel I will follow u back
John Williams your music is inspirationa l ! ! ! Thank you!
dpreciado977 9
HARRY POTTER!!!!!! ! :D :D *Tears falling down*
It's sad in the part when Padme dies right as she names her twins.:-(
Love Star Wars and its music.
*sigh* such awesome music!!!!!
I love this movie.
He's the best :)
Jar-Jar is awesome
scottkotzen
A LONG TIME AGO IN A GALAXY FAR FAR AWAY ...
jackapoian
Best co poser ever and conductor luv the dynamics on his pieces
Man this guy is a genius. I mean, the Harry potter movies themselves weren't as great as the books, but his music makes up for it!
40 nominations and 5 wins http://en.wi k i p e d i a . o r g / w i k i / J o h n _ w i l l i a m s # A c a d e m y _ A w a r d s
Is amazing and I don't know what I would do if I didn't have his music to listen to and play.
John Williams
wendygiggle
Where would the world be without John Williams? Thank you Mr. Williams for sharing with us all those wonderful sounds!
Jurassic Park score is my favorite.
I love his songs and scores!
starwars is awsome
lv2fly7
Nominated 40 times, how many wins?
Is it weird my dad has the same first name and initials as him?! Lol I don't care!! Just wish it was me with the initials JW... That would be epic!
@jimcorl: His olympic music can be found on the CD Summon the Heros
BEST BOOK/MOVIE SERIES EVER! Watch the marathons and read the books repeatedly. ⚡
It's true, he is composing for the new movies! \(°·°)/
Follow my profile and I will follow u back! :)
MY MOVIE THOUGH!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! #best #movie #ever
mlumbert2015
I hear they got him to compose for the New Star Wars Episode VII coming out in 2015. But I've only heard Rumors.
I would like to find a CD with the music he wrote for the Olympic Games.
kaklrf5
Me no like star wars. Except for Yoda and Chewbacca. :)
*The seventh movie will be awesome for star wars
He is the best and Star Wars the seven movie is awesome
michellegull e y
I can play this song on my piano but it took me like 90 weeks ugh so much practice but it was worth it lol
Wonderful composer.... . . . . . . . . . . !
Shalom Adoni...Neve r Again
Music for harry potter is great I am I fourth grade read all the books in less then three weeks
Williams is the greatest ever!!!! Not up for debate!!!
It is sad to think that such a great composer will be gone soon :(
I love this theme in stars wars AWESOME!!! xD
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