Who is John Williams?

Who is John Williams?
November 30, 2015 LearnMusic.Guide

The Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, is nearly upon us. Fans already know that Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Simon Pegg have been cast in the much awaited release. So we ask the question, who is John Williams and why is he so important to this movie?

For those not yet in the know, John Williams is a famous movie theme composer, possibly the greatest. He has enjoyed a long lasting relationship with Speilberg, working on ET, Indiana Jones and the Iconic Jaws music……Da dum, da dum….you know the one!


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So does he receive the recognition he deserves? Whilst most people would not recognise Williams if he was walking down the street, his industry understands his genius and he has been nominated 45 times for an Academy Award.

Although Hollywood seem to revere him, the wider music community still regard film composers as inferior to those who work on concert pieces. Yet Williams is not concerned. He was once approached by Placid Domingo who wanted to entice Williams into writing for the Los Angeles Opera, but Williams is clearly attracted to the big screen and turned it down.

What’s your favorite piece by John Williams? Leave your comments below.

  • Diana Greben

    I’ve just read his biography more carefully and found that movies “Home alone” and “Harry Potter” were made under his musical leadership…

  • LJ Moran

    John Williams composed the soundtrack to my childhood and yes, of course I’m talking about Star Wars and the Indiana Jones films, perfect music for perfect storytelling, the man is a true master of his craft, Harry potter, Schindlers list, Memoirs of a Geisha, all great films with perfect scores, for me only Howard Shore and Steve Jablonsky come close. I wasn’t aware that he wrote a biography, Thanks Diana, that’s just gone straight to the top of my reading list.