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John Williams

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There are at least five artists with this name:

(1) John Towner Williams (film score composer)
(2) John Christopher Williams (classical guitarist)
(3) John Williams (Irish musician)
(4) John Williams (blues/jazz guitarist)
(5) John Knowles Williams (experimental/indie)
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(1) John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is one of the most widely recognized composers of film scores. As of 2013, he has received 48 music-related Academy Award nominations, an accomplishment surpassed by none.

Early scores and compositions are credited as Johnny Williams.

Williams is best known for heroic, rousing themes in adventure and fantasy films. This includes some of the highest grossing films of all time, such as the Star Wars movies, the Superman movies, Jaws, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, and the first three Harry Potter movies. His richly thematic and highly popular 1977 score to the first Star Wars film was selected by the American Film Institute as the greatest American movie score of all time. Five of his film scores won Oscars.

His long career has also included many sensitive dramatic scores (such as Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, and Munich) and quirky character studies (like Catch Me If You Can, the theme for which makes extensive use of jazz, perhaps in homage to Mancini’s famous music for The Pink Panther). Also noteworthy are his recent collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman on the score for Memoirs of a Geisha, as well as Williams’ other more experimental concert works.

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  • menswear2112

    Cantina Band...timeless.

    20 Aug 11:50pm Reply
  • Tarjever

    Such classical music for such stupid films...

    14 Aug 12:05pm Reply
  • ixab_

    Binary Sunset ♥ by far his best work [2]

    9 Aug 5:53pm Reply
  • sniffer2

    Binary Sunset ♥ by far his best work

    9 Jul 6:11am Reply
  • antiooorgasm

    there should be a way to deferentiate between the 2 john williams.... i mean, ye the movies one is super famous but its kinda shitty to just let someone who has been considered the best classic guitarist in the world just fade out in the shade of some1 who composes mainstream soundtracks for a living.

    19 Jun 10:33am Reply
  • SoporAeternus-

    Prologue: Book II and the Escape from the Dursleys is so special for me. Doesnt matter whitch film is the soundtrack, open your heads and stop talk shit only because of your prepossession.

    5 Jun 7:34pm Reply
  • apxstitch

    "Escape/Chase/Saying Goodbye" from E.T. is one of the greatest pieces of film music ever created! A true masterpiece :)

    25 May 4:07pm Reply
  • wayrams

    Imperial March ♥

    18 May 5:35pm Reply
  • kluk_jako_buk

    The Asteroid Field <3

    5 May 8:49pm Reply
  • verslamort

    May the 4th be with you. [2]

    5 May 2:15am Reply
  • masterofspoons

    May the 4th be with you.

    4 May 8:59am Reply
  • darthpaula

    One of my biggest dreams is to meet this man in person and thank him for making me who I am today.

    17 Mar 7:34am Reply
  • IceSpoon

    Feliz Cumpleaños Sir, may the Force be with you.

    8 Feb 8:28pm Reply
  • MrZimmerFan

    Happy Birthday

    8 Feb 10:55am Reply
  • Lord_Aerevar

    Happy birthday, Maestro!

    8 Feb 5:42am Reply
  • Andrejche

    Harry Potter theme song.♥

    2 Feb 6:36pm Reply
  • Zoitz

    good thing it;s harry potter to find out that he makes music for so much more epic movies .;/

    1 Feb 4:39pm Reply
  • Alyamalya

    Гений.

    31 Jan 4:08pm Reply
  • Nalesnik96

    Memoirs of Geisha OST >>> all HP movies OST

    29 Jan 11:18pm Reply
  • darkjavier

    so much films :O :D

    22 Jan 11:22am Reply
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