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  John Williams, Composer
John Williams was born in 1932 in Long Island, New York, and later moved with his family to Los Angeles in 1948.
Williams has composed the music for close to eighty films and has composed some of the most famous themes ever written for cinema.
Williams was named the 19th conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra in 1980, retiring in 1993.
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  John Williams - film composer
John Williams should need little introduction since he is almost certainly the most well-known film composer, and possibly to many people the best-known composer, period.
Williams' music is firmly from the classical tradition, based heavily on the style of the late-romantics such as Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss.
Williams is rightly well-regarded for his ability to construct a tune and sound which perfectly complements the mood of a film.
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  Encyclopedia: John Williams (composer)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932 in New York City) is one of the most widely recognized composers of film scores.
From 1980 to 1993, Williams was the principal conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra.
John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is one of the most widely recognised composers of film scores, and is often credited with the revival of the symphonic film score with his brassy themes for the Star Wars series, probably his most famous and recognisable work.
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 John Williams (composer)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
In 1948, John Williams and his family moved to Los Angeles, where he attended UCLA (additional info and facts about UCLA) (the University of California in Los Angeles).
Williams returned to New York (A Mid-Atlantic state; one of the original 13 colonies) after service in the Air Force (The airborne branch of a country's armed forces).
Williams later returned to Los Angeles (A city in southern California; motion picture capital of the world; most populous city of California and second largest in the United States), where he started working in the film studios.
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 American Journey by John Williams
John Williams' talents have long been recognized far and wide; certainly outside of the obscure confines of film-musicdom.
Or course, Williams' film exploits are some of the most recognizable bits of music from the latter 20th Century and they have received their due attention; however, some of the composer's most stunning works have been composed for projects far from the glitz and glamour of big-budget-Hollywood.
The feature track is John Williams' theme for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah, entitled Call of the Champions, but at least equally anticipated has been the release of the six movements from American Journey.
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 scorereviews.com - film music composers - John Williams
John Towner Williams was born in Long Island, New York on February 8, 1932, being the son of jazz musician Johnny Williams, among other things a drummer in the Raymond Scott Quintet.
Williams number of scoring projects, for television and big screen, rise up around two hundred (about eighty of them being films), but that is not all Williams has done.
Williams has also made a name of himself as a skilled conductor; he was chief conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra between 1980 and 1993 and he has lead a number of the greatest orchestras in the world both in concert and on recordings of both own works and works by other composers.
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 John Williams - Biography
Williams’ other recent releases on the label include the original soundtrack recording of Grammy- and Oscar-nominated score for Angela’s Ashes (SK 89009), and John Williams Greatest Hits 1969-1999 (S2K 51333), a two-disc collection of highlights from 30 years of acclaimed film scores.
Williams also has three collections of film music on Sony Classical: Cinema Serenade (SK 63005), with violinist Itzhak Perlman and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; The Hollywood Sound (SK 62788), with the London Symphony Orchestra; and Cinema Serenade 2: The Golden Age (SK 60773), with Itzhak Perlman and the Boston Pops Orchestra.
John Williams was born in New York and moved to Los Angeles with his family in 1948.
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 Composer Soundtracks ... John Williams ... Vienna Online Ezine
John Williams is one of the most well known composers of the 20th century.
John Towner Williams was born in New York City on February 8, 1932, the oldest son of Esther and Johnny Williams.
John Williams latest scores for "Star Wars - Episode I", "AI" and "Harry Potter" have generated worldwide appeal and success which only goes to show that although composers such as James Horner and Jerry Goldsmith have been commercially threatening Williams' dominance atop the world of film music, he continues to produce exceptional scores.
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 John Williams - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
John Williams (delegate) (1731–1799), North Carolina delegate to Continental Congress
John Williams (VC), recipient of the Victoria Cross
John Williams, member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists
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 John Williams - Biography   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Among the recent highlights of his discography is Classic Williams – Romance of the Guitar (SK 89141), a new collection of some of John Williams' greatest performances, including three new arrangements of Fauré’s Pavane, Simon and Garfunkel's folk hit El Condor Pasa and the traditional Romance for Guitar and Orchestra.
Williams has a long history of noteworthy collaborations, and those with Julian Bream, Itzhak Perlman, André Previn, Cleo Laine and John Dankworth have been particularly fruitful.
John Williams was born in Melbourne, Australia, where he was taught the guitar by his father.
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 The Film Music of John Williams by Ian Lace   (Site not responding. Last check: )
John Williams is tall and imposing and looks rather "professorish", with his high domed head and shortish beard, yet he looks remarkably youthful.
John Williams began working on musical ideas for Close Encounters of the Third Kind two years before the film was finalised, basing his impressions on the unfinished script and dinner conversations with Steven Spielberg.
Talking about composers that he admires who are working in the medium today, he cited the continuing excellence of the work of Jerry Goldsmith and confirmed that he thought highly of the work of composers such as James Horner and James Newton Howard.
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 Music Program Notes - W to X
Luxemburg-born composer Marcel Wengler (1946 -) studied at the Conservatoire Royal de Musique in Brussels and was assistant for many years to Hans Werner Henze in the Musikhochschule in Cologne.
In his early years as a composer, he was profoundly influenced by the music of Mahler, with its broad symphonic thinking, dramatic development, and orchestration.
Composed in 1977, John Williams' score reinforces the high adventure and soaring spirits of the film's story.
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 Filmtracks: Sabrina (John Williams)
Master composer John Williams was brought on board the project to help smooth over that transition and provide a musical link to the Golden Age.
Williams was coming off of his longest break from film scoring in a long time, deciding not to take a scoring assignment in 1994 and instead work on concerts and a variety of other projects.
Built upon Williams' favorite source of romance, the piano, Sabrina is an elegant, classically performed score unlike anything from the composer in the ten years before or after.
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 JOHN WILLIAMS - MUSIC COMPOSER   (Site not responding. Last check: )
As one of the best known, awarded, and financially successful composers in US history, John Williams is as easy to recall as John Philip Sousa, Aaron Copland or Leonard Bernstein, illustrating why he is "America's composer" time again.
Williams found work with the Hollywood studios as a piano player, eventually accompanying such fare such as the TV series "Peter Gunn" (1958), South Pacific (1958), Some Like It Hot (1959), The Apartment (1960), and To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), as well as forming a surprising friendship with Bernard Herrmann.
John & Barbara had three children; their daughter is now a doctor, and their two sons, Joseph and Mark, are rock musicians.
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 Kennedy Center: Biographical information for John Williams
John Towner Williams was born in Long Island and moved to Los Angeles with his family in 1948.
Williams cut his teeth as a jazz pianist in Manhattan before returning to Los Angeles, where he began working in films and television.
John Williams, joyfully, is carrying that celebration into the 21 st Century.
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 John Williams, Music Composer, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
John Williams is undoubtedly one of best-known and one of the giants among movie soundtrack composers.
Williams was married to Barbara for 18 years, who died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1974.
Williams recorded the soundtrack in mid 2001 with an orchestra of studio musicians at the famed Abbey Road Studios and AIR Lyndhurst Studios in London.
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 ipedia.com: John Williams (composer) Article   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Williams conducting the London Symphony Orchestra during the recording of the score for.
John Towner Williams is one of the most widely recognised composers of film scores.
John Towner Williams (born in New York, February 8, 1932) is one of the most widely recognised composers of film scores.
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 Minority Report by John Williams
Williams score further strengthens the film, not by forcing its way into the spotlight, but by taking an unusually distinctive backseat to the story, dialogue and visuals.
John Williams and I have often marveled at the way Bernard Herrmann was able to contribute so much musical suspense to an Alfred Hitchcock picture.
After all, John Williams is the greatest musical storyteller the world of movies has ever known.
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 Amazon.com: John Williams: Music   (Site not responding. Last check: )
John Williams has crafted a quiet little miracle with his Green Linnet release; a music embracing the essence of twilight and mist woven of traditional melodies and memories.
John Williams has made something vital and timeless here, not to be overlooked.
But John Williams (that's three I admire now) made a convert of me. His playing is extraordinary and undeniably celtic.
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 NPR : John Williams and the Music of 'Star Wars'
John Williams says he never imagined in the 1970s that he'd still be working on the 'Star Wars' project nearly 30 years later.
Williams says composers know they're competing with dialogue and effects for the audience's ear...
Williams' work on the battle between Anakin and Obi-Wan revisits earlier themes...
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 Star Wars: Biography | John Williams
John Williams has composed some of the most popular film scores of all time.
Born February 8, 1932, Williams attended the University of California at Los Angeles and served in the United States Air Force before studying piano at New York's famous Juilliard School.
In addition to his film scoring work, Williams was conductor of the Boston Pops from 1980 to 1993 and still conducts concerts with various orchestras around the world.
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 Concert Review: The force is with John Williams   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Not many composers of the silver screen can support a full-length evening concert, but Williams, with his sweep and power, has an undeniably magnetic attraction.
Williams' love of the symphonic idiom is apparent in every nook and cranny of the orchestra -- strings crawling to extreme pitches and immersed in a forest of triplets, woodwinds at the same time piquant and exotic, and percussion echoing both inspiration and doom.
Given that Williams has a penchant for massive, often stratospherically high brass fanfares, punctuated with challenging articulations that would tongue-tie the best of professional players, these musicians deserved a medal not only for technical brilliance, but for sheer endurance.
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 John Williams Band Reviews
For War of the Worlds, John Williams reached for something not of this earth and composed a score that you feel on your skin, even before you become aware that you are actually hearing it.
John Williams is a master composer and conducter, he always knows what to do and when to do it.
John Williams is definitely a master of the fantastic genre, and his music for this sequel fares better than the original.
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 SoundtrackNet : News : Legendary Composer John Williams Composes New "NBC Sunday Night Football" Theme
Williams' most recent recording with the Boston Pops Orchestra is entitled Summon The Heroes, the title track of which was the official theme for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
Williams recently served as the Grand Marshal of the 2004 Rose Parade in Pasadena, and was the recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor in December of 2004.
John Williams was born in New York and moved to Los Angeles with his family in 1948.
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 Composer john williams   (Site not responding. Last check: )
John Williams took the soundtrack composer award for his work on both Harry Potterand the Prisoner of Azkaban and The Terminal, while John Adams won the...
Composer JohnWilliams is as prolific as he is talented.
An arranger, conductor, pianist and composer of amazingversatility, John Williams studied the piano at the Juilliard School with...
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 John Williams, composer, biography
John Williams' score is complimented by marvelous work in sound design by John Pritchett and his team to create a unity of aural experience that is as important to the movie as the gorgeous cinematography.
Earlier in the evening, when Williams was sitting in the front row of the audience on the lawn, he took off his white dinner jacket to join the people around him in a swing-your-partners to the music of the Chieftains.
In 1956, John Williams was hired by Twentieth Century Fox as a pianist in their studio orchestra, and he was soon also writing the music for TV shows such as Gilligan's Island, Lost in Space, Wagon Train and Land of the Giants and for low budget movies.
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