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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

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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

1. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, Film Score: Prologue

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

3. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, Film Score: The Arrival Of Baby Harry

4. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, Film Score: Visit To The Zoo And Letter From Hogwarts

5. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, Film Score: Diagon Alley And The Gringotts Vault

6. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, Film Score: Platform Nine-and-three-quarters / The Journey To Hogwarts

7. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, Film Score: Entry Into The Great Hall And The Banquet

8. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, Film Score: Mr. Longbottom Flies

9. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, Film Score: Hogwarts Forever! / The Moving Stairs

10. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, Film Score: The Norwegian Ridgeback / A Change Of Season

11. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, Film Score: The Quidditch Match

12. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, Film Score: Christmas At Hogwarts

13. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, Film Score: The Invisibility Cloak / The Library Scene

14. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, Film Score: Fluffy's Harp

15. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, Film Score: In The Devil's Snare / The Flying Keys

16. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, Film Score: The Chess Game

17. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, Film Score: The Face Of Voldemort

18. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, Film Score: Leaving Hogwarts

19. Harry Potter And The Philosopher's (Sorcerer's) Stone, Film Score: Hedwig's Theme

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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: Jaws: Anniversary Collector's Edition

Title: Jaws, Film Score

1. Jaws, Film Score: Main Title And First Victim

2. Jaws, Film Score: The Empty Raft

3. Jaws, Film Score: The Pier Incident

4. Jaws, Film Score: The Shark Cage Fugue

5. Jaws, Film Score: Shark Attack

6. Jaws, Film Score: Ben Gardner's Boat

7. Jaws, Film Score: Montage

8. Jaws, Film Score: Father And Son

9. Jaws, Film Score: Into The Estuary

10. Jaws, Film Score: Out To Sea

11. Jaws, Film Score: Man Against Beast

12. Jaws, Film Score: Quint's Tale

13. Jaws, Film Score: Brody Panics

14. Jaws, Film Score: Barrel Off Starboard

15. Jaws, Film Score: The Great Shark Chase

16. Jaws, Film Score: Three Barrels Under

17. Jaws, Film Score: Between Attacks

18. Jaws, Film Score: The Shark Approaches

19. Jaws, Film Score: Blown To Bits

20. Jaws, Film Score: 'Jaws' End Titles

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Track List: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Original Soundtrack)

Title: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Film Score
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Track List: War Horse (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Title: War Horse, Film Score

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

16. War Horse, Film Score: The Homecoming

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A trek is a long journey.
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I LOVE STAR WARS I HAVE ALL THE MOVIES I DON'T LIKE THE New One BECAUSE DISNY MADE IT AND THEY DID Not FOLLOW The BOOK ������
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Star Wars is better than stupid "star trek" what is a trek anyway
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my daughter loves star wars
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1 Kiss your left hand
2 say your crushes
3 say your name
4 pick a school day
5 post this on 5 other songs and your crush will ask you out
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The winner is gryffindor. Follow for a follow
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Schindlers List is a song overlooked written by him. Look it up it's very good
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timothy_boaz
Mos Eisley Cantina and the Imperial March are my good ones.
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Jurassic Park is the best!
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Star Wars is an amazing movie series! But the music by John Williams makes it 70 times better! Star Wars gets a 170% in my book!
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kristalblewp e r s u a s i o n
Great music
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Holy cow!!!! Amazing work! I could listen to it for hours!!����
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Love this guy's work! May the Force be with you all!
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And John williams
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I. ❤️. Star wars
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sjajahns
This sounds way to much like Narnia though ��
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This song makes me want to cry!! Its so pretty
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Gorgeous. This song takes me to the the sky.
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It all begins here
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It
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John Williams is simply gifted. I don't think there is a piece he has composed that I do not love.
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May the force be with you
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I wonder how much money I would get...
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I wants to work for this dude
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mightymonste r 2 0 0 6
I love you John Williams.���
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The love theme of star wars is amazing
I just luv it!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! X D
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sluguy99
TESB is the best of the Star Wars soundtracks and awesome ending!
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eyezuvice3
Star Wars Nerds Unite!!!! I'm a padawan my Jedi Master is Anakin Skywalker and my best friend is Master Yoda
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STAR WARS IS AMAZING! This man is THE BEST COMPOSER IN ALL OF HISTORY!!!!
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mirandai6
Star Wars is AMAZING!
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annamlong
The cheesiness of Star Trek can't compare to the awesomeness of Star Wars. John Williams is the best!
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John is boss
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All my favorite movies I love
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Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park! This guy is amazing! Way to go John! ��
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esteadmon
John Williams is very talented hope to see him in symphony sometime. Star wars
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ieatglass15
Love STAR WARS
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I love his music.....AN D DE STAR WARS
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Star Wars = life plz follow me
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shadster79
♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡
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You d man, John Williams.. you da man!
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DAAARRRTTTHH H VAADDEERR!!! ! I LUV U!!!! ����������
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John williams is the best composer
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John Williams has surprised me more then once!!!!
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⌛️
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Such an amazing and skilled man
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NO WAY HE DID A TON OF SONGS FOR SOME REALLY FAMOUS MOVIES!!!!!! ! ! ! ! !
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Pretty nice x100
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Awesome!!!
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