John Williams (soundtrack composer & conductor)

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Suboptimal Credits:
conductor laureate, boston pops, 1995–
artist-in-residence at Tanglewood

Annotation last modified on 2020-02-09 22:45 UTC.

Legal name: John Towner Williams


John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is an American composer, conductor and pianist. In a career that has spanned seven decades, he has composed some of the most popular, recognizable and critically acclaimed film scores in cinematic history. Williams has won 25 Grammy Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, five Academy Awards and four Golden Globe Awards. With 52 Academy Award nominations, he is the second most-nominated individual, after Walt Disney. His compositions are considered the epitome of film music and he is considered among the greatest composers in the history of cinema.

Williams has composed for many critically acclaimed and popular movies, including the Star Wars saga, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the first two Home Alone films, the Indiana Jones films, the first two Jurassic Park films, Schindler's List, and the first three Harry Potter films. Williams has also composed numerous classical concertos and other works for orchestral ensembles and solo instruments. He served as the Boston Pops' principal conductor from 1980 to 1993 and is its laureate conductor. He has been associated with director Steven Spielberg since 1974, composing music for all but five of his feature films, and George Lucas, with whom he has worked on both of his main franchises. Other works by Williams include theme music for the 1984 Summer Olympic Games, NBC Sunday Night Football, "The Mission" theme used by NBC News and Seven News in Australia, the television series Lost in Space and Land of the Giants, and the incidental music for the first season of Gilligan's Island. Williams announced his intention to retire from film score composing after the release of the fifth Indiana Jones film in 2023, to focus more on composing independent orchestral and symphonic pieces.

In 2005, the American Film Institute selected Williams's score to 1977's Star Wars as the greatest film score of all time. The Library of Congress also entered the Star Wars soundtrack into the National Recording Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". Williams was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl's Hall of Fame in 2000, and received a Kennedy Center Honor in 2004. His AFI Life Achievement Award in 2016 was the first to be awarded outside of the acting and directing fields. He has composed the score for nine of the top 25 highest-grossing films at the U.S. box office (adjusted for inflation). His work has influenced other composers of film, popular, and contemporary classical music; Norwegian composer Marcus Paus argues that Williams's "satisfying way of embodying dissonance and avant-garde techniques within a larger tonal framework" makes him "one of the great composers of any century".

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2020Work From Home With John WilliamsJohn Williams1


1957The John Towner TouchJohn Towner2
1957World on a StringJohn Towner Williams and co.3
1961Rhythm in MotionJohnny Williams2
1962Si Toi Aussi Tu M'abandonnes Du Film "Le Train Sifflera Trois Fois"John Williams1
1974Music for Cello and PianoSergei Prokofiev, David Ward-Steinman; Edgar Lustgarten, John Williams2
1978Music From John Williams' Classic Film Scores: Close Encounters of the Third Kind / Star WarsJohn Williams; National Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Gerhardt5
1980Pops in SpaceJohn Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra23
1980Pops on the MarchJohn Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra2
1980That's EntertainmentJohn Williams & Boston Pops2
1982Aisle Seat: Great Film MusicJohn Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra3
1983Music From the John Williams Score: Star Wars: Return of the JediJohn Williams; National Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Gerhardt3
1983Out of This WorldJohn Williams & Boston Pops Orchestra3
1983On StageJohn Williams & Boston Pops Orchestra2
1983The Star Wars Trilogy: Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back / Return of the JediJohn Williams; Utah Symphony Orchestra, Varujan Kojian6
1983Violin Concerto / Flute ConcertoJohn Williams; London Symphony Orchestra, Mark Peskanov, Peter Lloyd, Leonard Slatkin2
1984Swing, Swing, SwingJohn Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra3
1984With a Song in My HeartJessye Norman, Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams1
1986Bernstein by BostonBernstein; Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams2
1986The PlanetsGustav Holst; Boston Pops, John Williams1
1987Digital JukeboxJohn Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra2
1988The Music of America: John WilliamsJohn Williams & Boston Pops Orchestra1
1988The Empire Strikes Back: Symphonic SuiteJohn Williams4
1989Pops BritanniaBoston Pops Orchestra, John Williams1
1989Salute to HollywoodJohn Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra1
1989The Story of Indiana Jones and the Last CrusadeJohn Williams41
1990Pops a la RusseJohn Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra1
1990Music of the Night: Pops on Broadway 1990The Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams2
1990We Wish You a Merry ChristmasJohn Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra1
1990John Williams Conducts John Williams: The Star Wars Trilogy (Star Wars / The Empire Strikes Back / Return of the Jedi)John Williams; The Skywalker Symphony, John Williams4
1991I Love a ParadeThe Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams1
1991Jubilate: Music for the Kings and Queens of EnglandChoir of the Chapel Royal of St. Peter ad Vincula, The Tower of London, John Williams1
1992Kid Stuff: An Afternoon at the MoviesJohn Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra1
1992Encore ChristmasThe Boston Pops, Arthur Fiedler, John Williams1
1992Joy to the WorldJohn Williams & Boston Pops Orchestra2
1992Lucky to Be MeJessye Norman & John Williams2
1992The Green AlbumBoston Pops Orchestra, John Williams1
1993UnforgettableJohn Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra2
1993Night and DayJohn Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra2
1993Kino KlassikerJohn Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra1
1994Music for Stage and ScreenJohn Williams, Aaron Copland; The Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams2
1994It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got That Swing!John Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra1
1995Salute to AmericaBoston Pops Orchestra, John Williams1
1995Space-TacularsThe Boston Pops, John Williams2
1995Williams on Williams: The Classic Spielberg ScoresJohn Williams & the Boston Pops Orchestra4
1995Big Screen AdventureRoy Budd, London Symphony Orchestra & John Williams1
1995Space and TimeJohn Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra1
1996Summon the HeroesJohn Williams, Boston Pops Orchestra8
1996Cinema SerenadeItzhak Perlman, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, John Williams4
1997Romance ClassicsBoston Pops Orchestra, John Williams, Arthur Fiedler1
1997The Hollywood SoundLondon Symphony Orchestra, John Williams1
1997John Williams: The Five Sacred Trees / Hovhaness: Mysterious MountainJohn Williams, Alan Hovhaness; London Symphony Orchestra, Judith LeClair, John Williams2
1997The Dream Goes OnJohn Williams; Orlando Pops Orchestra2
1998From Sousa to SpielbergJohn Williams & Boston Pops Orchestra2
1998Gershwin FantasyGeorge Gershwin; Joshua Bell, London Symphony Orchestra, John Williams1
1998The Magic of John WilliamsJohn Williams; Orlando Pops Orchestra1
1999Keisuke Wakao Plays Music of John WilliamsJohn Williams; 若尾圭介1
1999A Tribute to the Music of Star WarsJohn Williams3
1999Cinema Serenade 2: The Golden AgeItzhak Perlman, Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams1
1999Music of the Star Wars-SagaJohn Williams; The Bruno Bertone Orchestra1
2000American ClassicsThe Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams3
2001TreeSong / Violin Concerto / 3 Pieces from Schindler's ListJohn Williams; Gil Shaham, Boston Symphony Orchestra, John Williams2
2002Yo-Yo Ma Plays the Music of John WilliamsJohn Williams; Yo‐Yo Ma3
2002Williams: Essay for Strings, Trumpet Concerto / Kaska: Harp Concerto, A Long WayJohn Williams, Kevin Kaska; London Symphony Orchestra, Ronald Feldman1
2002Harry Potter: Music From The Philosopher’s StoneJohn Williams2
2003John Williams' TenoramaJohn Williams1
2004Music From The Star Wars SagaJohn Williams; City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Crouch End Festival Chorus, Paul Bateman3
2004The Star Wars TrilogyJohn Williams; The Big Movie Orchestra11
2005Williams: Sinfonietta for Wind Ensemble / Penderecki: Pittsburgh Overture / Mayuzumi: Music with SculptureJohn T. Williams, Krzysztof Penderecki, Toshiro Mayzumi; Eastman Wind Ensemble, Donald Hunsberger2
2006John WilliamsJohn Williams; Denver Brass2
2007Movie MasterpiecesJohn Williams; GöteborgsMusiken, Alexander Hanson2
200820th Century Tuba ConcertosRalph Vaughan Williams, Alexander Arutiunian, John Williams, Torbjörn Iwan Lundquist; Øystein Baadsvik, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Anne Manson3
2008Duos for Violin and ViolaJohn Williams, Aaron Copland, Louis Spohr, Bohuslav Martinů, Jakov Jakoulov, Alessandro Rolla; Victor Romanul, Michael Zaretsky1
2008Star Wars: A New Hope The Complete ScoreJohn Williams1
2010Horn ConcertoJohn Williams; Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Karl Pituch, Leonard Slatkin1
2010Hable and Reichhardt Play Music of John WilliamsJohn Williams; Katrin Hable & Oliver Reichhardt1
2011Concerto for Violin and OrchestraJohn Williams; Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Emmanuelle Boisvert, Leonard Slatkin1
2012Barber & Korngold: Violin Concertos / Waxman: Carmen Fantasie / Williams: Theme from Schindler's ListBarber, Korngold, Waxman, Williams; Alexander Gilman, The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, Perry So1
2013Concertos for Trumpet and OrchestraJohn Williams, Arttu Sipilä; Jouko Harjanne, The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Eva Ollikainen, Dima Slobodeniouk1
2014Montage: Great Film Composers and The PianoBruce Broughton, Don Davis, Alexandre Desplat, Michael Giacchino, Randy Newman, John Williams; Gloria Cheng42
2014On the Way: Works for Tuba by Duda, Williams, SzentpaliDuda, Williams, Szentpáli; Andreas Martin Hofmeir, Münchner Philharmoniker, Andrew Manze1
2015Music From the Star Wars SagaJohn Williams; City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra1
2015GabrieliJohn Williams, Giovanni Gabrieli & National Brass Ensemble1
2015The Five Sacred TreesJohn Williams; Robert Williams, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin1
2017Chansons françaises des années 60 : John William, Vol. 1John Williams1
2017Lights, Camera... Music! Six Decades of John WilliamsJohn Williams; Boston Pops, Keith Lockhart1
2017Themes and Transcriptions for PianoJohn Williams; Simone Pedroni1
2019Across the StarsAnne‐Sophie Mutter, Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles & John Williams5
2021Spotlight on John WilliamsJohn Williams, City Light Symphony Orchestra & Kevin Griffiths1
2022John Williams: A Gathering of FriendsJohn Williams, Yo‐Yo Ma & New York Philharmonic1
Pops Around the WorldJohn Williams & Boston Pops Orchestra1
Star Wars and Other Sci Fi ThemesJohn Williams1
Star Wars: A Musical TributeJohn Williams; The Filmscore Orchestra1

Album + Compilation

1985The Great Works of John WilliamsJohn Williams1
1985America, The Dream Goes OnJohn Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra1
1987By Request… The Best of John Williams and the Boston PopsJohn Williams and the Boston Pops2
1987Pops in LoveBoston Pops Orchestra & John Williams3
1989The Best of John WilliamsJohn Williams; Philharmonic Rock Orchestra, Richard Hayman2
1990John Williams Conducts Music From the Star Wars SagaJohn Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra6
1991The Very Best of the Boston PopsJohn Williams & The Boston Pops Orchestra2

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