John Williams: Greatest composer ever?

By Kealan McCormack

John Williams is mostly acknowledged  as the man behind the famous tune that blares out as the title and a small summary slowly pan up the screen in the opening credits of Star Wars. Yet many people are not aware of just how many popular movie soundtracks he has had a hand in making over the 6 decades his career spans.

For example, Williams has composed scores for some of most famous, highest grossing films ever such as  Jaws, the Star Wars series, the Indiana Jones series, E.T. , Superman, Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, and the first three Harry Potter films. Williams has composed numerous classical concerts and other works for orchestral ensembles and solo instruments; he served as the Boston Pops’ principal conductor from 1980 to 1993. His works are instantly recognizable after you watch a few films he has composed for, but each new piece I hear from him is able to differentiate itself from previous ones.

He currently has been nominated for an Oscar 50 times with 5 being awarded and has contributed to 15 films that were nominated for best Oscar winner. He has many other achievements and accolades, such as being one of the remaining men alive to have worked on the last film directed by Alfred Hitchcock alongside gaining 4 Golden Globes, 3 Emmy’s, 7 BAFTA’s, 4 Golden Globe Awards and 21 Grammy’s. These range from films such as Jaws to more modern examples such as Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Even with approximately 40 different awards to his name, he also has nominations that never won which range to the hundreds and there are instances where two films with pieces composed  by him may be competing against each other! He shows no signs of slowing down, with him working on the next Star Wars movie’s soundtrack alongside Steven Spielberg’s adaption of Ready Player One and the next Indiana Jones movie and it is assumed that he will work on Star Wars Episode IX as well. Be sure to look out for his name in the credits next time you watch any movie, you may well see his name! What do you think of William’s? Why don’t you name your favourite piece by him in the comments below. Don’t forget to like, comment and share!

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