Artist: John Williams

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Album:Memoirs of a Geisha: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Memoirs of a Geisha: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

John Williams

Director Rob Marshall hired three of Asia’s most fabulous stars (Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, and Gong Li) for this Japan-set movie, so one wonders why he didn’t put in a call to a local composer as well. Was Tan Dun’s line busy? Was Joe Hisaishi otherwise engaged? In any case, John Williams won the assignment, and he didn’t end up with egg on his face. Mercifully, Williams left the bombast at home and put cellist Yo-Yo Ma and violinist Itzhak Perlman to good use in this sensitive score. The lovely “Sayuri’s Theme” resurfaces at regular intervals, and it’s good to…

Album:Lincoln: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Lincoln: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

John Williams

In a career spanning almost six decades, John Williams has composed some of the most recognizable film scores in the history of motion pictures. Winner of twenty-one Grammy® Awards, four Golden Globe® Awards and five Academy Awards®, Williams is easily the most recognized composer working in film today. He has a long association with Steven Spielberg, composing music for all but two of Spielberg’s feature films, most recently on the Academy Award®-nominated scores for The Adventures of Tintin and Warhorse.

Album:War Horse: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

War Horse: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

John Williams

The dramatic countryside of Dartmoor has inspired John Williams to compose a score of such beauty and quiet majesty that one might think the earth was speaking through him, much as the heavens have done for nearly five decades. When I first heard John s sketches of the four central themes for War Horse, I didn t need my memories of the film to underscore the feelings I was having. The music was a stand-alone experience and it affected me deeply, as have so many of John s scores during our nearly 40-year collaboration. I feel that John has made a special gift to me of this music, which was inspired not only by my film but also by many of the picturesque settings of the poet William Wordsworth, whose vivid descriptions of the British landscape inspired much of what you are going to hear.

Album:Catch Me If You Can: Music from the Motion Picture

Catch Me If You Can: Music from the Motion Picture

John Williams

Steven Spielberg veered from the futuristic sci-fi flirtations of A.I. and Minority Report with this brisk, stylish period take on the career of teen con-man extraordinaire Frank Abagnale (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his dogged G-man pursuer/de facto extended family member Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks). As always, the director’s musical collaborator is John Williams, and the scoring legend uses the occasion of their 20th collaboration as a rewarding musical journey back to the days when he was known as Johnny Williams, ambitious young pianist for Henry…

Album:Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence: Music from the Motion Picture

John Williams

Packed with Big Ideas about the future of mankind and dispatched with a distant, often icy veneer, Steven Spielberg’s Artificial Intelligence can scarcely camouflage its roots. It was begun by the late Stanley Kubrick in the mid-’80s; Spielberg collaborated briefly a decade later, bowed out, then inherited it upon Kubrick’s death in ‘99. And while the late auteur’s cold vision seems largely intact (if now infused with Spielberg’s enduring Pinocchio fetish), it’s safe to say that Kubrick’s often challenging musical tastes would probably not have led him to…

Album:Angela's Ashes: Music From The Motion Picture

Angela's Ashes: Music From The Motion Picture

John Williams

Given that John Williams has his pick of much of the $80-million, thrill-packed boilerplate that comes clanging out of Hollywood every summer and fall, it’s especially noteworthy (and often gratifying) when he doesn’t exercise his option. In scoring Alan Parker’s adaptation of Frank McCourt’s Pulitzer-winning memoirs of his dire Irish upbringing in the 1930s and ‘40s, Williams has produced a graceful, autumnal work of compelling, though decidedly delicate, emotional power. Using spare piano and solo woodwind melodies filled with longing eloquence, Williams…

Album:The Adventures of Tintin: Music from the Motion Picture

The Adventures of Tintin: Music from the Motion Picture

John Williams

Original score to the 2011 motion picture composed by John Williams.

Album:Munich: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Munich: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

John Williams

Steven Spielberg directs an international cast in Munich, a suspense thriller set in the aftermath of the massacre of eleven Israeli athletes at the 1972 Summer Olympics. Five-time Academy Award winner John Williams lends his musical talents to the film by composing and conducting the magnificent soundtrack. For Munich, Williams has created some of the most powerful and enduring film music of our time. With his sweeping score, he puts forth a feeling of intense emotion that takes the listener on a thought-provoking journey.

Album:Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban

John Williams

If the commercial constraints of genre and chronic Hollywood sequelitis threaten to musically straitjacket even a legend like John Williams, the veteran playfully rebuffs such cynicism in his rich, mirthful score for this third chapter of the Harry Potter cycle. Whether inspired by a willful desire not to repeat himself, the continued reinvention of his jazz roots that brightened his scores for Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can and The Terminal, or the story’s requirement for a handful of fresh themes, Williams informs his work here with an…

Album:Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

John Williams

You needn’t see the film of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to appreciate the wonder, magic, and fearful chills of J.K. Rowling’s phenomenal bestseller in John Williams’s outstanding score. Williams typically avoids the source material for the films he scores, but he reportedly derived great pleasure and inspiration from Rowling’s first Harry Potter adventure, and created a perfect motif (fully expressed in “Hedwig’s Theme”) to dominate his score. It’s first heard as a dreamy celesta waltz and embellished through myriad incarnations and moods, often…

Album:The Patriot: Original Motion Picture Score

The Patriot: Original Motion Picture Score

John Williams

Though Hollywood has long had a love affair with historical epics, it has sorely shortchanged America’s own most compelling chapter, the War of Independence. And if this tale of a retiring Colonial hero whose family gets drawn into the war against the British has no shortage of production ironies—being helmed by a German director and starring Australian-raised Mel Gibson—its score is a solid, stirring effort by American John Williams. Largely eschewing typical bombastic epic fodder for a mostly understated score rich in his distinctive writing for brass and…

Album:The Accidental Tourist

The Accidental Tourist

John Williams

Album:Empire Of The Sun: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Empire Of The Sun: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

John Williams

Album:Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

John Williams, William Ross

Another multi-gazillion-dollar Hollywood franchise, another chapter in the remarkable career of John Williams. Though he’s already been responsible for scoring some of the most overwhelmingly successful film series of all time, in tackling the second installment of the Harry Potter saga, Williams once again proves why his name is held in such high regard in scoring circles. While he utilizes the themes he established in Sorcerer’s Stone, Williams’s restless inventiveness still manages to cast this chapter in a fresh new musical light. Since many of…

Album:Minority Report: Original Motion Picture Score

Minority Report: Original Motion Picture Score

John Williams

While Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi detective thriller revolves around the intriguing premise of future cops arresting criminals before their crimes, beneath its high-tech veneer it asks a simple but infinitely powerful question: Do we have the power to alter our own destiny? Coming on the heels of the director’s posthumous collaboration with Stanley Kubrick, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, it also affords longtime Spielberg musical collaborator John Williams a rare back-to-back opportunity to construct a musical future-world. The composer’s efforts here…

Album:Presumed Innocent: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Presumed Innocent: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

John Williams

Album:Schindler's List: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Schindler's List: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

John Williams

Because he’s long been stereotyped by the rousing neo-romantic adventure scores for the Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Jurassic Park franchises, it’s easy to forget that composer John Williams is hardly idiomatically challenged. When Steven Spielberg gratifyingly used the clout of his enormous commercial success to produce and direct this brave Holocaust drama, his longtime musical collaborator used the opportunity to display both the depth and maturity of his musical gifts and training, producing a score with sad, evocative melodies frequently…

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