History Music / JohnWilliams

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.]]
26th Jul '17 3:26:55 PM dlchen145
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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 UsefulNotes/{{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 Towner Williams (February (born 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 UsefulNotes/{{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.
12th Jun '17 9:06:39 PM nombretomado
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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 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 UsefulNotes/{{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.
9th May '17 11:29:31 PM Golondrina
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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 [[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 [[JamesHorner [[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."
20th Feb '17 3:04:21 AM bt8257
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If you are not hearing impaired and have seen a movie in the last thirty 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 thirty 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).
19th Feb '17 8:17:47 PM Adept
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* CoolOldGuy: He's 80 years old yet he's still composing scores for Creator/StevenSpielberg.



%% * HeterosexualLifePartners: With Steven Spielberg.
* IconicOutfit: A black turtleneck sweater.



* OldMaster: Again, he's 80 years old, yet he still showed much younger composers why he's the maestro who took the world of film music by storm back in the 70's with the releases of ''Literature/WarHorse'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfTintin''.



* 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."]]
* StageName: Some of his early jazz and session work is credited under the nickname "Little Johnny Love Williams." When he moved to Hollywood he decided that dropping the diminutive would be a wise career move.

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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."]]
* StageName: Some of his early jazz and session work is credited under the nickname "Little Johnny Love Williams." When he moved to Hollywood he decided that dropping the diminutive would be a wise career move.
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4th Feb '17 6:45:09 AM Doug86
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** Yet another: Pay attention to the trombone-notes in ''CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'', after the mother ship lands...and you will recognize a brief, but unmistakable, [[Film/{{Jaws}} "duh-DUH, duh-DUH"]]!

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** Yet another: Pay attention to the trombone-notes in ''CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'', ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'', after the mother ship lands...and you will recognize a brief, but unmistakable, [[Film/{{Jaws}} "duh-DUH, duh-DUH"]]!
22nd Jan '17 4:28:36 PM Xtifr
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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''), 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''), ElmerBernstein 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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