The Talented Life Of John Williams Part One
I’m not much on composers however, John Williams is different. In this blog I’ll try to teach you how different John Williams is than the other composers. For this is The Talented Life Of John Williams Part One and you will see more of him in the months ahead.
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 and recognizable film scores in cinematic history, including Jaws, the Star Wars series, 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. John Williams has been associated with director Steven Spielberg since 1974, composing music for all but three of his feature films. Other notable works by Williams include theme music for the Olympic Games, NBC Sunday Night Football, “The Mission” theme used by NBC News, the television series Lost in Space and Land of the Giants, and the incidental music for the first season of Gilligan’s Island. 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’ principal conductor, and is now the orchestra’s laureate conductor.
John Williams at the Avery Fisher Hall in 2007
Birth name John Towner Williams
Born February 8, 1932 (age 85)
Floral Park, New York, U.S.
Genres Film score contemporary classical music post-romanticism jazz
Instruments Piano, harpsichord
Years active 1952–present
John Williams has won 23 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. 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”. 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).