John Williams The Man, The Music, The Legacy. CLICK ME! Quick Bio • John Towner Williams • Born February 8, 1932 to Esther and Johnny Williams. • He is now 81. • Williams was born in Long Island, New York. • 1952 – Drafted and still the music grows, service ended in 1955. (Air Force) • Julliard & Jazz piano throughout the duration of Williams Marriage to Barbra Ruick, and the birth of their three children. Life Will Move Along… • After Julliard – Williams headed back to L.A. Where he worked as an orchestrator in film studios. • Working with Universal Studios Williams, was given music credit on the film “Creature from the Black Lagoon” • Williams soon gained the notice of many in Hollywood for his ability to compose jazz, piano, and symphonic music. He must own a lot of suits in his line of work. Influences & Style • 1) Sergei Prokofiev • 2) Erich Wolfgang Korngold • 3) Igor Stravinsky • 4) Leonard Bernstein • 5) Gustav Holst • John Williams is a borrower of sorts. • He takes themes, melodies, ideas, from older more classical composers and breathes new life into them, bringing them into the spotlight of today. • Sly old man making us listen to “classical music” while at the moveis. Influences & Style Cont. • Williams is known for his jazz styles, symphonic, and piano styles of music. • In my opinion John Williams is the epitome of American “classical” music. There’s More? • John Williams has been composing concertos and other ochestratial works, as well as chamber works since 1965. • Has conducted Boston Pops Orchestra, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, served as the Grand Marshall for the Rose Bowl, and annually conducts the New York Philharmonic. Character Themes • John Williams is famous for his character themes. • "Luke's Theme" is among the most widely recognized songs in film history. • Both the film and its soundtrack were immensely successful • It remains the highest grossing non-popular music recording of all-time • Williams won another Academy Award for Best Original Score. Popular film compositions • Home Alone 1 & 2 • Schinders List • Jurassic Park • Harry Potter 1-3 • Star Wars • Jaws • Indiana Jones • Lincoln Awards • John Williams has been nominated for: • 24 Golden Globe Awards, winning 4 of them. • 59 Grammy Awards, winning 21 of them. • 13 BAFTA (British Academy Film Awards), winning 7 of them. • 48 Academy Awards, winning 5 of them. • 6 Emmy Awards, winning 3 of them. • John Williams holds the record for most Oscar nomiations for a living person. Walt Disney holds the record for the most Oscar Nominations at 59. • He been inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame and the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame. In 2004, he received Kennedy Center Honors. He won a Classic Brit Award in 2005 for his soundtrack work of the previous year. Works Cited • Multiple. "The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians [Hardcover]." The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians: Stanley Sadie, John Tyrrell. • "John Williams." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 29 Apr. 2013. Web. 17 Apr. 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Williams>. • "John Williams." IMDb. IMDb.com, n.d. Web. 17 Apr. 2013. <http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002354/>. • "John Williams - Composer." John Williams. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Apr. 2013. <http://www.mfiles.co.uk/composers/JohnWilliams.htm>.