John Williams

818 WordsMay 2, 20064 Pages
John Williams has composed over one-hundred film scores of which he has received forty-five Academy Award nominations. He has become a household name through his memorable music motifs. These themes capture the essence of the film and as one fan summarized: "John Williams has composed some of the best known themes and scores ever. You can't deny that the Star Wars scores, for all the movies, especially the Imperial March, are incredible. He invented the famous Jaws theme, which is a standard now in any shark scene in movies. And you can't forget Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park…all of which wouldn't be nearly as good without Williams' scores." This kind of excitement and familiarity of John Williams' compositions is a typical response…show more content…
This relationship creates a masterpiece that is memorable. After speaking with older fans of John Williams, it became clear that this method is clearly put into action in the motion picture, Jaws. If someone was to ask you to close your eyes and think about Jaws, how many milliseconds would elapse before you can hear those heavy, dark, infinitely sinister notes as they boom up from the deep? If this droning theme is taken away, all that remains is a mechanical gray shark. This relationship between the music and the film is a key aspect in creating a masterpiece. Williams created one of his most memorable scores with Jaws, one that even today still evokes a feeling of dread and fear. The release of this film in the summer of 1975 made many millions of people think twice before stepping into the ocean. It has been said that due to this blockbuster hit, "the simple pastime of ocean swimming became synonymous with fatal horror, of still water followed by ominous, pumping music, then teeth and blood and panic" (Shipston 1). This fear mainly stemmed from the leitmotif that Williams
Open Document