I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, and my theme this year is classical music. Check out the list of other participants by clicking here! W is for Williams. John Williams is an American composer, conductor, and pianist who was born in 1932. Today’s featured video is the theme from Schindler’s List which was composed and conducted by John Williams with Itzhak Perlman playing the violin solo.
Video link: https://youtu.be/bNrVFkBDte8
· John Williams wrote the scores for many well-known films, including Star Wars, Superman, Saving Private Ryan, the first three Harry Potter films, Indiana Jones, and many more. In fact, he composed the scores for eight of the Top 20 highest grossing films at the U.S. box office!
· He has been nominated for 50 Academy Awards and currently holds the record for the most Oscar nominations for a living person. He won five of those nominations for Best Scoring Adaptation and Original Song in Fiddler on the Roof, and Best Original Score for Jaws, Star Wars, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, and Schindler’s List.
· In addition to his movie scores, Williams has composed many concert pieces, including a symphony and several concertos.
· He was drafted to the U.S. Air Force in 1952 and conducted the U.S. Air Force Band. After his service ended in 1955, he attended Julliard and studied piano.
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released by RSO Records
· John Williams has worked with director Steven Spielberg on over 20 films since 1974. Williams was present when Spielberg received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and gave him a thumbs-up.
· After watching Schindler’s List, Williams told Spielberg, “You need a better composer than I am for this film.” Spielberg replied, “I know. But they're all dead!”
For this challenge, I’m keeping a playlist of the videos I’m using plus some extras for anyone who wants to hear more. I will update with the latest letter each day. In the extra video I added today, John Williams, himself, is conducting the Boston Pops Orchestra in the main theme from Star Wars.
Did you know John Williams composed the scores for so many movies? Which is your favorite John Williams theme? Trivia: Besides Star Wars, what franchise film came out last year which had an original theme composed by John Williams?