Mr. Williams And The Music Of Music And Film

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John Williams once said “so much of what we do is ephemeral and quickly forgotten, even by ourselves, so it’s gratifying to have something you have done linger in people’s memories” – and linger it did. Mr. Williams has made significant contributions to the arts of music and film. To fully understand the gravity of his achievements and their affect on humanity, we must first look at the progression of sound in film; the effect music has in film and its audience; and lastly his accomplishments of music and film.
In the infancy of film, movies were silent but not without sound. To make film a more pleasant experience, music was provided to cover up the ambient noise of the projector and help create an agreeable atmosphere, often by the use of a solo piano. (Fischoff, S. (2005)). The musician generally improvised – playing mostly a variety of popular romantic and melodramatic scores of the late nineteenth century (such as William Tell Overture, Ride of the Valkyrie, Les Preludes, etc.) - as long as it accompanied the action/scene or enhanced the mood (for dramatic effect). (“From Scene to Shining Screen: A Short History of Film Music”. para. 1-2. (n.d.)). As film grew in popularity and length, so did the musical accompaniment – adding instruments to the ensemble until even some theaters were housing full orchestras. By the end of the silent era, the industry had completely shifted from the all purpose “improve” music of the solo pianist, to exact musical scores written
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