History Music / JohnWilliams

27th May '16 5:32:10 PM Jeduthun
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* MusicOfNote: One of the biggest names in film scoring, and deservedly so. Think of huge film franchises like "Star Wars" or "Harry Potter" or "Indiana Jones"-- [[{{Leitmotif}} that tune]] you now have [[EarWorm stuck in your head]] is by John Williams.
23rd May '16 4:29:04 PM Jeduthun
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* NamesTheSame: Not to be confused with the acclaimed classical ''guitarist'' John Williams. Nor with any of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Williams_(disambiguation) dozens of other eminent people]] with the admittedly not uncommon name.
23rd May '16 3:27:38 PM Jeduthun
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* NamesTheSame: Not to be confused with the acclaimed classical ''guitarist'' John Williams. Nor with any of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Williams_(disambiguation) dozens of other eminent people]] with the admittedly not uncommon name.
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.
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