History Music / JohnWilliams

13th Apr '16 9:28:47 AM 06tele
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** Williams originally scored the scene where Luke looks out to the double sunset with his theme but George Lucas suggested he use the theme he wrote for Obi-Wan instead. Williams complied and now it is known as "Binary Sunset" and used for any scene involving the Force. (It's also perhaps the supreme example of the power of music in film, as it turns a simple shot of a young man staring into the sunset into a powerful scene of desolation and longing.)

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** Williams originally scored the scene where Luke looks out to the double sunset with his theme but George Lucas suggested he use the theme he wrote for Obi-Wan instead. Williams complied and now it is known as "Binary Sunset" and used for any scene involving the Force. (It's also perhaps one of the supreme example best examples of the power of music in film, as it turns a simple shot of a young man staring into the sunset into a powerful scene of desolation and longing.)
23rd Mar '16 5:55:23 PM Mdumas43073
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->''A lifetime is just simply not long enough for the study of music.''

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23rd Mar '16 5:55:06 PM Mdumas43073
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'''John Towner Williams''' (February 8, 1932) is one of the world's most famous and prolific movie composers. Professionally active for six decades, he has been nominated for a whopping 50 {{Academy Award}}s (winning five), six Emmy nominations (winning three), 22 Golden Globes (winning four) and 59 Grammys (winning twenty). Only Creator/WaltDisney has been nominated for more Oscars, and Williams currently holds the record for most nominated living individual.

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'''John John Towner Williams''' Williams (February 8, 1932) is one of the world's most famous and prolific movie composers. Professionally active for six decades, he has been nominated for a whopping 50 {{Academy Award}}s (winning five), six Emmy nominations (winning three), 22 Golden Globes (winning four) and 59 Grammys (winning twenty). Only Creator/WaltDisney has been nominated for more Oscars, and Williams currently holds the record for most nominated living individual.
29th Feb '16 5:35:05 PM ErinaTerra
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* SpoilerTitle: Even his fans admit he's incredibly guilty of this with his track titles - arguably his greatest crime in this regard is ''Main/PresumedInnocent''. Seriously, if you don't have this soundtrack album '''do not''' get it before seeing the movie, as the penultimate track is called [[spoiler: "Barbara's Confession."]]

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* SpoilerTitle: Even his fans admit he's incredibly guilty of this with his track titles - arguably his greatest crime in this regard is ''Main/PresumedInnocent''.''Film/PresumedInnocent''. Seriously, if you don't have this soundtrack album '''do not''' get it before seeing the movie, as the penultimate track is called [[spoiler: "Barbara's Confession."]]
20th Feb '16 12:13:50 AM Cindylover1969
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Before he rose as a famed composer, Williams was a studio pianist and has performed on film scores by composers such as Music/JerryGoldsmith (''Studs Lonigan''; ''City of Fear''), ElmerBernstein (''Film/SweetSmellOfSuccess''; ''God's Little Acre''; ''Staccato''; ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven''; ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird''), Music/HenryMancini (he actually played the well-recognized opening riff to the ''Series/PeterGunn'' theme; ''Series/MrLucky''; ''Film/DaysOfWineAndRoses''; ''Film/{{Charade}}'') & Music/AlfredNewman (''Theatre/SouthPacific'').

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Before he rose as a famed composer, Williams was a studio pianist and has performed on film scores by composers such as Music/JerryGoldsmith (''Studs Lonigan''; ''City of Fear''), ElmerBernstein (''Film/SweetSmellOfSuccess''; ''God's Little Acre''; ''Staccato''; ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven''; ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird''), Music/HenryMancini (he actually played the well-recognized opening riff to the ''Series/PeterGunn'' theme; ''Series/MrLucky''; ''Film/DaysOfWineAndRoses''; ''Film/{{Charade}}'') & ''Film/{{Charade}}''), Music/AlfredNewman (''Theatre/SouthPacific'').
(''Theatre/SouthPacific''), and Jerome Moross (''Film/TheBigCountry'').


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* SpoilerTitle: Even his fans admit he's incredibly guilty of this with his track titles - arguably his greatest crime in this regard is ''Main/PresumedInnocent''. Seriously, if you don't have this soundtrack album '''do not''' get it before seeing the movie, as the penultimate track is called [[spoiler: "Barbara's Confession."]]
25th Jan '16 6:12:40 PM undertroper
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Before he rose as a famed composer, Williams was a studio pianist and has performed on film scores by composers such as Music/JerryGoldsmith (''Studs Lonigan''; ''City of Fear''), ElmerBernstein (''Film/SweetSmellOfSuccess''; ''God's Little Acre''; ''Staccato''; ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven''; ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird''), Music/HenryMancini (he actually played the well-recognized opening riff to the ''Series/PeterGunn'' theme; ''Series/MrLucky''; ''Film/DaysOfWineAndRoses''; ''Film/{{Charade}}'') & Music/AlfredNewman (''Theatre/SouthPacific'').
14th Jan '16 1:53:45 PM Jeduthun
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'''John Towner Williams''' (February 8, 1932) is one of the world's most famous and prolific movie composers. Professionally active for six decades, he has been nominated for 47 Oscars (winning five), six Emmy nominations (winning three), 22 Golden Globes (winning four) and 59 Grammys (winning twenty). Only Creator/WaltDisney has been nominated for more Academy Awards, and Williams currently holds the record for most nominated living individual.

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'''John Towner Williams''' (February 8, 1932) is one of the world's most famous and prolific movie composers. Professionally active for six decades, he has been nominated for 47 Oscars a whopping 50 {{Academy Award}}s (winning five), six Emmy nominations (winning three), 22 Golden Globes (winning four) and 59 Grammys (winning twenty). Only Creator/WaltDisney has been nominated for more Academy Awards, Oscars, and Williams currently holds the record for most nominated living individual.



Interestingly, many fans of classical music actually hold Williams in rather low regard, as '''many''' elements of his compositions (including some of his most well-known themes and motifs) are borrowed from older pieces of music. Though even they admit he's less guilty of this [[JamesHorner than others]]. For most listeners this is one of his strengths; in the words of the founding editor of ''Film Score Monthly'' Lukas Kendall (whose all-time favorite score is ''The Empire Strikes Back''): "His themes sound inevitable. They sound like they fell out of his sleeves; they sound like they've always existed. And it's extraordinary how you get just two notes for Jaws or five notes for Close Encounters [of the Third Kind] and have them feel like they've always existed."

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Interestingly, many fans of classical music ClassicalMusic actually hold Williams in rather low regard, as '''many''' elements of his compositions (including some of his most well-known themes and motifs) are borrowed from older pieces of music. Though even they admit he's less guilty of this [[JamesHorner than others]]. For most listeners this is one of his strengths; in the words of the founding editor of ''Film Score Monthly'' Lukas Kendall (whose all-time favorite score is ''The Empire Strikes Back''): "His themes sound inevitable. They sound like they fell out of his sleeves; they sound like they've always existed. And it's extraordinary how you get just two notes for Jaws or five notes for Close Encounters [of the Third Kind] and have them feel like they've always existed."



* ''Franchise/StarWars'': "[[BootstrappedTheme Luke's Theme]]" from all of the films in the Prequel Trilogy and Original Trilogy, "The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme)" and "Duel of The Fates" are the best known. He has been signed on to score ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', and intends to provide the score for the other two movies in the Sequel Trilogy once he has Disney's say-so.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': "[[BootstrappedTheme Luke's Theme]]" from all of the films in the Prequel Trilogy and Original Trilogy, "The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme)" and "Duel of The Fates" are the best known. He has been signed on returned to score ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', and intends to provide the score for the other two movies in the Sequel Trilogy once he has Disney's say-so.
21st Dec '15 4:29:07 PM HarryLovesHermione
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* The first three ''Film/HarryPotter'' films (technically William Ross adapted the second from Williams's music), although the main themes he composed are still used in the later films.

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* The first three ''Film/HarryPotter'' films (technically William Ross adapted the second from Williams's music), music, as he was busy scoring two Spielberg movies that year), although the main themes he composed are still used in the later films.
5th Nov '15 10:00:47 PM VenomLancerHae
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* BootstrappedTheme: ''Star Wars'''s main theme was originally intended to be purely "Luke's Theme", though it became so synonymous with the franchise as a whole, Williams forewent creating a new main theme for the prequels, and even included the theme in several places in the prequel scores. A rearranged but still recognizable version of the theme was later used for the animated ''Clone Wars''.

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''Star Wars'''s main theme was originally intended to be purely "Luke's Theme", though it became so synonymous with the franchise as a whole, Williams forewent creating a new main theme for the prequels, and even included the theme in several places in the prequel scores. A rearranged but still recognizable version of the theme was later used for the animated ''Clone Wars''.



* CallBack and CallForward: If you listen to the ''Star Wars'' soundtracks in particular, there are so many cues in piecesthat appear in ANH and TESB that get brought back in ROTJ and the Prequels to nod back to those moments.

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* CallBack and CallForward: CallBack: If you listen to the ''Star Wars'' soundtracks in particular, there are so many cues in piecesthat pieces that appear in ANH and TESB that get brought back in ROTJ and the Prequels to nod back to those moments.



* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Steven Spielberg.

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* ShoutOut: The soundtrack of "StarWars" strongly references Gustav Holst's [[StealthPun The Planets]]. Does [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0bcRCCg01I this]] remind you of anything?

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The soundtrack of "StarWars" strongly references Gustav Holst's [[StealthPun The Planets]]. Does [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0bcRCCg01I this]] remind you of anything?
26th Sep '15 3:58:15 PM nombretomado
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In addition to his film scores, Williams has composed music for four OlympicGames, ''The Mission'' suite for the ''NBC Nightly News'' and the inauguration of President UsefulNotes/BarackObama, among many others. He also conducted the Boston Pops Orchestra from 1980-1993 and remains Director Laureate to this day.

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In addition to his film scores, Williams has composed music for four OlympicGames, UsefulNotes/OlympicGames, ''The Mission'' suite for the ''NBC Nightly News'' and the inauguration of President UsefulNotes/BarackObama, among many others. He also conducted the Boston Pops Orchestra from 1980-1993 and remains Director Laureate to this day.
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