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John T. Williams

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John T. Williams born February 8th, 1932 Born in the state of New York, is one of the most popular and successful American orchestral composers of our modern age. He has won 5 Academy Awards, as well as 17 Grammys, 3 Golden Globes, two Emmys and five awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. He is famous for many well known movie compositions such as Star Wars, Jaws, ET: The extra terrestrial, and even Jurassic Park, that is only naming a few out of the near 80 films he has done. He moved in 1948 with his family to Los Angeles. There he attended UCLA and studied composition privately with Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. He has written many different concert pieces such as symphony, sinfonietta for wind ensemble a cello concerto,…show more content…
Williams started piano lessons at a very young age, many people believe John Williams “stole” other composer’s works, but in fact, took them and made them his own by fixing the pieces into something new. He has been influenced strongly by Orchestral and Classical music by too many composers to name, listening closely to his music; you can hear the separate but same musical organizations. Being a composer and also a film composer (and being great at it) has put Williams at the top of the food chain when it comes to composers that have and will go down in the history books. His music is based heavily on the style of the late romantics such as Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss. Williams portrays pieces that are perfect for setting the mood of any film. Tunes that are memorable to almost everyone that has witnessed or heard his music. Williams may be best known for his work with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas. Just about all of Spielbergs movies have Williams scores; some of their collaborations include Jaws (1975), E.T. (1982), Jurassic Park (1993),Schindler's List (1993), Catch Me If You Can (2002), Munich (2005) and Lincoln (2012). Williams also composed the music for George Lucas's six Star Wars movies. It has been announced in 2013 that he would also compose music for Star Wars VII.
The way John Williams themes of music portray different emotions and leaves memorable music in people’s minds shows how much he has shaped society and how he felt/feels he can continue to do so even in his old age. Powerful music, soft music, sharp music, Evil vs. good, all of these separate themes exudes memories in everyday life. He portrays every day emotions people face, through the music he puts out, it is without words, it is with instrumental know how and prowess that he does
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