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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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  • StevenMarkowitz

    My favorite J.W. => The soundtrack to "Jaws 2". Some of the underwater cues are gorgeous ... at least until that blasted shark comes along and jostles things up real good. Da Da... Da Da... Da Da... (that's me trying to type the Jaws theme.)

    Yesterday 2:08am Reply
  • Apriscilla1

    Não me imagino sem as tuas composições <3

    21 Jan 9:03am Reply
  • HerFadingSmile

    The Face Of Pan <3

    9 Jan 4:48am Reply
  • MandiS_Music

    John John!!!!

    4 Jan 5:27pm Reply
  • arcticweezer

    O QUE SERIA DA MINHA VIDA SEM VOCÊ, JOHN? [2]

    27 Dec 2014 Reply
  • dscomic

    Its the time of the year for listening to the Home Alone soundtracks

    25 Dec 2014 Reply
  • tsmiths

    O QUE SERIA DA MINHA VIDA SEM VOCÊ, JOHN?

    14 Dec 2014 Reply
  • eN4ez

    Prologuellιlι.ιl..ιllιlι.ιl..ιllιlι.ι

    8 Dec 2014 Reply
  • -Zelgadis-

    STAR WARS IS BACK!!!!

    28 Nov 2014 Reply
  • arcticweezer

    KING

    28 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Aristoxenous

    Munich!!!

    27 Nov 2014 Reply
  • dscomic

    More love for Heartbeeps. It's obscure and yet fascinating

    28 Oct 2014 Reply
  • majidtarokh

    Memoirs of Geisha<3

    19 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Dream-core

    Saving private Ryan soundtrack desreves more attention.

    14 Oct 2014 Reply
  • MsDiplodocusss

    jurassic park soundtrack doesnt get enough luv

    3 Sep 2014 Reply
  • menswear2112

    Cantina Band...timeless.

    20 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Tarjever

    Such classical music for such stupid films...

    14 Aug 2014 Reply
  • ixab_

    Binary Sunset ♥ by far his best work [2]

    9 Aug 2014 Reply
  • sniffer2

    Binary Sunset ♥ by far his best work

    9 Jul 2014 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 2014 Reply
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