John Williams

I find the music of John Williams to be top notch in every way, and his film scores not only support and highlight what is going on onscreen, but they also stand up excellently as concert music alone in their own right.

I have tried to present as much material here concerning Mr Williams including his website, biography, list of compositions, top tracks, etc along with some analysis of his music.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did collecting the information!

Thanks Bob

(This is taken from the Biography of John Williams linked to below)

John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is an American composer, conductor, and pianist. With a career spanning over six decades, he has composed some of the most popular, recognizable, and critically acclaimed film scores in cinematic history, including those of the Star Wars series, Jaws, Jaws 2, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the Indiana Jones series, the first two Home Alone films, the first two Jurassic Park films, Schindler's List, and the first three Harry Potter films.[1] Williams has been associated with director Steven Spielberg since 1974, composing music for all but three of his feature films.[2] Other notable works by Williams include theme music for the 1984 Summer Olympic Games, NBC Sunday Night Football, "The Mission" theme used by NBC News and Seven News in Australia, the television series Lost in Space and Land of the Giants, and the incidental music for the first season of Gilligan's Island.[3] Williams has also composed numerous classical concertos and other works for orchestral ensembles and solo instruments. From 1980 to 1993 he served as the Boston Pops's principal conductor, and is currently the orchestra's laureate conductor.[4]

Williams has won 24 Grammy Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, five Academy Awards, and four Golden Globe Awards. With 51 Academy Award nominations, Williams is the second most-nominated individual, after Walt Disney.[5][6] In 2005, the American Film Institute selected Williams's score to 1977's Star Wars as the greatest American film score of all time. The soundtrack to Star Wars was additionally preserved by the Library of Congress into the National Recording Registry, for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".[7] Williams was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl's Hall of Fame in 2000, and was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004 and the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2016. Williams composed the score for eight of the top twenty highest-grossing films at the U.S. box office (adjusted for inflation).[8]


Biography of John Williams

List of compositions by John Williams

Top Tracks - John Williams
500 videos

John Williams: A Life in Music

Analysis of John Williams Themes:

Composition Analysis of John Williams' Star Wars Music

Princess Leia's theme: a detailed analysis

There are many more analyses found online.

Interviews with John Williams

There are many more interviews with Mr Williams online.



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  • Due to the past many days problems with trolling being done to my posts, and it seeming to be possibly starting again, I felt it necessary to shut down this thread in its original posting , and repost it here without comments so as be careful to avoid any more problems. I really dont think this topic needs to go anywhere near the practice of "Williams bashing", with the question of his close similarities to works of other earlier composers.

    Those wishing to discuss this was suggested they might start another thread, so as to fully discuss this, with those that are interested. but I personally am not interested in this kind of discussion and feel it has no place here. YMMV

    And I will gladly reopen the thread once theres no more chance of any possible trolling problems.

    What a sad shame it has to be this way, and my apologies to the forum for any inconveniences this may have caused.

    It is still complete with all the information I posted.

    Thanks Bob

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