John T. Williams

Composers

Biography

Born: February 8, 1932; Flushing, NY  
Quick, who's the one person who has been nominated for an Oscar more often than anyone else in any category? That would be composer John Williams, nominated over 40 times for his original film scores and orchestrations. He received his first Oscar nomination in 1969 for the score to Valley of the Dolls, and since then he has become the most recognized film composer in history, not just because of his scores, but also because he has successfully Read more followed in Arthur Fiedler's footsteps as conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra.

Williams grew up in New York, where his father was drummer in the Raymond Scott Quintette and other bands. All four children in the family naturally took music lessons. Williams studied piano as a child, and later trumpet, trombone, and clarinet. He did some work as a teenager with pianist and arranger Bobby van Epps, and also enrolled in composition classes at UCLA before joining the U.S. Air Force in 1951, where he arranged band music and took up conducting. Williams studied piano with Rosina Lhevinne at Juilliard and worked as a jazz pianist. He then returned to California and studied composition with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. His compositional career began in the early 1960s with television series such as Peter Gunn, Wagon Train, Gilligan's Island, and Lost in Space. He was able to work as an orchestrator and arranger with industry giants Bernard Herrmann, Franz Waxman, Alfred Newman, Henry Mancini, and André Previn. In 1972 he received his first Academy Award for his adaptation of Jerry Bock's music for Fiddler on the Roof, but it was his scores for Steven Spielberg's Jaws (1975) and George Lucas' Star Wars (1977) that brought him real notice. Those full, orchestral scores lead some to claim that he alone was responsible for reviving the symphonic style of film music and were the beginning of two long-standing composer/director partnerships. A public face appeared to go with the name when Williams was chosen to conduct the Boston Pops after Fiedler's death. Under his leadership, the orchestra maintained its popularity, toured America several times, and made concert versions of his movie themes regular pops fare. Although maintaining close ties to Boston after leaving the Pops in 1993 and continuing to guest conduct a number of orchestras, Williams has spent more of his time since the mid-1990s composing concert music, such as 1995's bassoon concerto The Five Sacred Trees, and 2000's violin concerto TreeSong, while still charming cinema audiences with music that, while fully rooted in traditional Romantic idioms, easily expresses the emotion and action of the film's story. Read less

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Born: February 8, 1932; Flushing, NY  
Quick, who's the one person who has been nominated for an Oscar more often than anyone else in any category? That would be composer John Williams, nominated over 40 times for his original film scores and orchestrations. He received his first Oscar nomination in 1969 for the score to Valley of the Dolls, and since then he has become the most recognized film composer in history, not just because of his scores, but also because he has successfully Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
1. Miniature Overture
March
Dance Of The Sugar-Plum Fairy
Russian Dance (Trepak)
Arabian Dance (Coffee)
Chinese Dance (Tea)
Dance Of The Reed-Pipes
3. Waltz Of The Flowers
Disc 1: 20th Century Fox Fanfare
Disc 1: 20th Century Fox Fanfare
Main Title/Rebel Blockade Runner (Medley)
Main Title/Rebel Blockade Runner (Medley)
Main Title/Rebel Blockade Runner (Medley)
Imperial Attack
Imperial Attack
Imperial Attack
The Dune Sea of Tatooine/Jawa Sandcrawler (Medley)
The Dune Sea of Tatooine/Jawa Sandcrawler (Medley)
The Dune Sea of Tatooine/Jawa Sandcrawler (Medley)
The Moisture Farm
The Moisture Farm
The Moisture Farm
The Hologram/Binary Sunset (Medley)
The Hologram/Binary Sunset (Medley)
The Hologram/Binary Sunset (Medley)
Landspeeder Search/Attack of the Sand People (Medley)
Landspeeder Search/Attack of the Sand People (Medley)
Landspeeder Search/Attack of the Sand People (Medley)
Tales of a Jedi Knight/Learn About the Force (Medley)
Tales of a Jedi Knight/Learn About the Force (Medley)
Tales of a Jedi Knight/Learn About the Force (Medley)
Burning Homestead
Burning Homestead
Burning Homestead
Mos Eisley Spaceport
Mos Eisley Spaceport
Mos Eisley Spaceport
Cantina Band
Cantina Band
Cantina Band
Cantina Band #2
Cantina Band #2
Cantina Band #2
Binary Sunset (Alternate) (Medley)
Binary Sunset (Alternate) (Medley)
Binary Sunset (Alternate) (Medley)
Disc 2: Princess Leia's Theme
Disc 2: Princess Leia's Theme
The Millennium Falcon/Imperial Cruiser Pursuit (Medley)
The Millennium Falcon/Imperial Cruiser Pursuit (Medley)
Destruction of Alderaan
Destruction of Alderaan
The Death Star/The Stormtroopers (Medley)
The Death Star/The Stormtroopers (Medley)
Wookie Prisoner/Detention Block Ambush (Medley)
Wookie Prisoner/Detention Block Ambush (Medley)
Shootout in the Cell Bay/Dianoga (Medley)
Shootout in the Cell Bay/Dianoga (Medley)
The Trash Compactor
The Trash Compactor
The Tractor Beam/Chasm Crossfire (Medley)
The Tractor Beam/Chasm Crossfire (Medley)
Ben Kenobi's Death/Tie Fighter Attack (DVD Video/Medley)
Ben Kenobi's Death/Tie Fighter Attack (DVD Video/Medley)
The Battle of Yavin
The Battle of Yavin
The Throne Room/End Title (DVD Video/Medley)
The Throne Room/End Title (DVD Video/Medley)
Disc 3: 20th Century Fox Fanfare
Main Title/The Ice Planet Hoth (Medley)
The Wampa's Lair/Vision of Obi-Wan/Snowspeeders Take Flight (Medley)
The Imperial Probe/Aboard the Executor (Medley)
The Battle of Hoth (Medley)
The Asteroid Field
Arrival on Dagobah
Luke's Nocturnal Visitor
Han Solo and the Princess
Jedi Master Revealed/Mynock Cave (Medley)
The Training of a Jedi Knight/The Magic Tree (Medley)
Main Title/Approaching The Death Star/Tatooine Rendezvous (Medley)
The Droids Are Captured
Bounty for a Wookiee
Han Solo Returns
Luke Confronts Jabba/Den Of The Rancor/Sarlacc Sentence (Medley)
The Pit of Carkoon/Sail Barge Assault (Medley)
The Emperor Arrives/The Death of Yoda/Obi-Wan's Revelation (Medley)
Alliance Assembly
Shuttle Tydirium Approaches Endor
Speeder Bike Chase/Land of the Ewoks (Medley)
The Levitation/Threepio's Bedtime Story (Medley)
Jabba's Baroque Recital
Sail Barge Assault (Alternate) (Alternate Version)
Disc 6: Parade of the Ewoks
Luke and Leia
Brother and Sister/Father and Son/The Fleet Enters Hyperspace/Heroic Ewok (Medley)
Emperor's Throne Room
The Battle Of Endor I (Medley)
The Lightsaber/The Ewok Battle
The Battle Of Endor II (Medley)
The Battle Of Endor III (Medley)
Leia's News/Light of the Force (Medley)
Victory Celebration/End Title (Medley)
Ewok Feast/Part of the Tribe (Medley)
The Forest Battle (Concert Suite)
Sail Barge Assault
End Title [from Star Wars Episode VI]
Disc 1: Star Wars and the Revenge of the Sith (Medley)
Anakin's Dream
Battle of the Heroes
Anakin's Betrayal
General Grievous
Palpatine's Teachings
Grievous and the Droids
Padme's Ruminations
Anakin vs. Obi-Wan
Anakin's Dark Deeds
Enter Lord Vader
The Immolation Scene
Grievous Speaks to Lord Sidious
The Birth of the Twins and Padme's Destiny (Medley)
A New Hope and End Credits (Medley)
Main Title/Rebel Blockade Runner
Imperial Attack
The Dune Sea of Tatooine/Jawa Sandcrawler
The Moisture Farm
The Hologram/Binary Sunset
Landspeeder Search/Attack of the Sand People
Tales of a Jedi Knight/Learn About the Force
Burning Homestead
Mos Eisley Spaceport
Cantina Band
Cantina Band #2
Binary Sunset (Alternate)
Star Wars Main Title and Ambush on Coruscant
Across The Stars (Love Theme from Star Wars: Episode II)
Zam The Assassin and The Chase Through Coruscant
Yoda and the Younglings
Departing Coruscant
Anakin and Padmé
Jango's Escape
The Meadow Picnic
Bounty Hunter's Pursuit
Return To Tatooine
The Tusken Camp and The Homestead
Love Pledge and The Arena
Confrontation With Count Dooku and Finale
Doctor Hu and the Meta Sequoia
Trunks, Branches and Leaves
The Tree Sings
Moderato
Slowly (in peaceful Contemplation)
Broadly (Maestoso) - Quickly
1. The Great Lover
2. Lonely Town: Pas de deux
Times Square
I. Eó Mugna
II. Tortan
III. Eó Rossa
IV. Craeb Uisnig
V. Dathi


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