History Music / JohnWilliams

25th Mar '18 4:14:08 AM darkemyst
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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''), Music/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''), and Jerome Moross (''Film/TheBigCountry'').

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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''), Music/ElmerBernstein (''Film/SweetSmellOfSuccess''; ''God's Little Acre''; ''Staccato''; ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven''; ''[[Film/TheMagnificentSeven1960 The Magnificent Seven]]''; ''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''), and Jerome Moross (''Film/TheBigCountry'').
16th Mar '18 6:04:02 PM nombretomado
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** As sort of a self ShoutOut, Williams uses a few notes of the music he composed for the first Harry Potter film in one of the final scenes of RevengeOfTheSith. Fitting, since both scenes involve an infant with great potential being left with relatives after the death of their mother.

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** As sort of a self ShoutOut, Williams uses a few notes of the music he composed for the first Harry Potter film in one of the final scenes of RevengeOfTheSith.''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''. Fitting, since both scenes involve an infant with great potential being left with relatives after the death of their mother.
15th Feb '18 9:27:48 AM TrashJack
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* AssociatedComposer: Famously, Williams has scored almost all the films of Creator/StevenSpielberg. The only exceptions are ''Film/BridgeOfSpies'', due to a health issue, and ''Film/TheColorPurple'', which they mutually agreed would be better served with music by Music/QuincyJones. He's also done a fair bit of work with Creator/GeorgeLucas, Creator/ChrisColumbus, and Creator/IrwinAllen.

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* AssociatedComposer: Famously, Williams has scored almost all the films of Creator/StevenSpielberg. The only exceptions are ''Film/BridgeOfSpies'', due to a health issue, and ''Film/TheColorPurple'', which they mutually agreed would be better served with music by Music/QuincyJones.Music/QuincyJones, and ''[[Film/ReadyPlayerOne2018 Ready Player One]]'', due to a scheduling conflict. He's also done a fair bit of work with Creator/GeorgeLucas, Creator/ChrisColumbus, and Creator/IrwinAllen.
16th Jan '18 10:42:25 AM DaFlabbagasta
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* AwesomeDearBoy: Williams did the score for ''Film/HomeAlone'' (which was a low budget family film that [[SleeperHit the studio didn't think would be a massive hit]]) for two reasons. 1) He saw the rough cut and loved it. 2) It gave him the chance to compose a score using Christmas themes.
16th Jan '18 7:54:14 AM costanton11
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* AwesomeDearBoy: Williams did the score for ''Film/HomeAlone'' (which was a low budget family film that [[SleeperHit the studio didn't think would be a massive hit]]) for two reasons. 1) He saw the rough cut and loved it. 2) It gave him the chance to compose a score using Christmas themes.
23rd Dec '17 6:41:59 PM Phys101
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Interestingly, many fans of 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 [[Music/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 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 [[Music/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 ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' or five notes for Close Encounters [of the Third Kind] ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'' and have them feel like they've always existed."



* ''Franchise/StarWars'': "Main Title" (the opening {{fanfare}}), "[[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 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.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': "Main Title" (the opening {{fanfare}}), "[[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 returned to score ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' and ''Film/TheLastJedi'', and intends to provide the score for the other two movies final movie in the Sequel Trilogy once he has Disney's say-so.
11th Dec '17 4:02:23 AM Saveelich
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If you are not hearing impaired and have seen a movie in the last 30 years (or even if you haven't), you'll have certainly heard one of Williams' tunes. Most of his themes have become iconic in their own right, such as the famous string sting from ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' or the theme for ''Franchise/IndianaJones''. Williams has long been the go-to composer for Creator/StevenSpielberg's films (he even wrote the music for the Amblin and Creator/{{Dreamworks}} logos).

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If you are not hearing impaired and have seen a movie in the last 30 years (or even if you haven't), you'll have certainly heard one of Williams' tunes. Most of his themes have become iconic in their own right, such as the opening {{fanfare}} of ''Franchise/StarWars'', the famous string sting from ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' or the theme for ''Franchise/IndianaJones''. Williams has long been the go-to composer for Creator/StevenSpielberg's films (he even wrote the music for the Amblin and Creator/{{Dreamworks}} logos).



* ''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 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.

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* ''Franchise/StarWars'': "Main Title" (the opening {{fanfare}}), "[[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 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.
13th Aug '17 6:39:05 PM Jeduthun
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Not to be confused with John William'''''son''''' who is very very [[AwesomeAussie Australian]] singer/songwriter. Nor with the acclaimed classical ''guitarist'' [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Williams_(guitarist) John Williams]]. Nor with any of the dozens of other [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Williams_(disambiguation) eminent historical John Williamses]].

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Not to be confused with John William'''''son''''' who is very very [[AwesomeAussie Australian]] singer/songwriter. Nor with the acclaimed classical ''guitarist'' [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Williams_(guitarist) John Williams]]. Nor with any of the dozens of other [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Williams_(disambiguation) eminent historical John Williamses]].
Williamses]]. He is however related to Joseph Williams, the singer from Music/{{Toto}}-- that would be his son.



* AssociatedComposer: Famously, Williams has scored almost all the films of Creator/StevenSpielberg. The only exceptions are ''Film/BridgeOfSpies'', due to a health issue, and ''Film/TheColorPurple'', which they mutually agreed would be better served with music by Music/QuincyJones. He's also done a fair bit of work with Creator/GeorgeLucas.

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* AssociatedComposer: Famously, Williams has scored almost all the films of Creator/StevenSpielberg. The only exceptions are ''Film/BridgeOfSpies'', due to a health issue, and ''Film/TheColorPurple'', which they mutually agreed would be better served with music by Music/QuincyJones. He's also done a fair bit of work with Creator/GeorgeLucas.Creator/GeorgeLucas, Creator/ChrisColumbus, and Creator/IrwinAllen.



* SpoilerTitle: Even his fans admit he's incredibly guilty of this with his track titles - arguably his greatest crime in this regard is ''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."]]/

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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 ''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."]]/"]]
11th Aug '17 6:24:00 PM Jeduthun
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%% * AssociatedComposer: One of the greatest examples.

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%% * AssociatedComposer: One of Famously, Williams has scored almost all the greatest examples.films of Creator/StevenSpielberg. The only exceptions are ''Film/BridgeOfSpies'', due to a health issue, and ''Film/TheColorPurple'', which they mutually agreed would be better served with music by Music/QuincyJones. He's also done a fair bit of work with Creator/GeorgeLucas.
10th Aug '17 6:53:25 AM CosmicFerret
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** Another self ShoutOut that is easy to miss but very difficult to forget is in the JurassicPark theme - when it really kicks in, it heavily references [[Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind five other famous notes.]]

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** Another self ShoutOut that is easy to miss but very difficult to forget is in the JurassicPark Franchise/JurassicPark theme - when it really kicks in, it heavily references [[Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind five other famous notes.]]
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