Greatest of the Week: JOHN WILLIAMS

John Williams (born 1932) is a synonym for film music. He is considered to be one of the greatest and most influential and successful film composers of all time. In a career spanning over six decades, he has composed some of the most recognizable film scores in cinematic history, including Jaws, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Harry Potter and many more. Williams has won 5 Oscars and 21 Grammy Awards, and with massive 48 Oscar nominations, he is the second most nominated person, after Walt Disney who has won 22 Oscars and 59 nominations (O.o).

While skilled in a variety of 20th century compositional idioms, Williams’ most familiar style may be described as a form of neoromanticism inspired by the late 19th century’s large-scale orchestral music — in the style of Tchaikovsky or Richard Wagner‘s compositions and their concepts of leitmotif (musical theme) — that inspired his film music predecessors.

In 1974, Williams was approached by director Steven Spielberg to compose the music for his feature directorial debut, The Sugarland Express. The young director had been impressed with Williams’ score for the 1969 film The Reivers, and Spielberg was convinced that Williams could compose the musical sound that he desired for any of his films. They teamed up again a year later for Spielberg’s second film, Jaws. Widely considered to be a classic suspense film, its film score’s ominous, three-note motif has become synonymous free bitcoin lottery with sharks and approaching danger. The film’s score earned Williams his second Academy Award, his first one for an original score. Williams considers Jaws to be the score that jumpstarted his career and he continued to work with Spielberg to date.



1. Star Wars (1977, dir: George Lucas)

Star Wars







2. Lincoln (2012, dir: Steven Spielberg)








3. Schindler’s List (1993, dir: Steven Spielberg)

Schindler's List







4. Jaws (1975, dir: Steven Spielberg)








5.  E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (1984, dir: Steven Spielberg)








6. Home Alone (1990, dir: Chris Columbus)

Home Alone







7. Catch Me If You Can (2002, dir: Steven Spielberg)

Catch Me If You Can







8. Saving Private Ryan (1998, dir: Steven Spielberg)

Saving Private Ryan







9. Empire of the Sun (1987, dir: Steven Spielberg)

Empire of the Sun







10. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001, dir: Chris Columbus)

Harry Potter







11. Amistad (1997, dir: Steven Spielberg)








12. Jurassic Park (1993, dir: Steven Spielberg)

Jurassic Park








John Williams – Star Wars (Main Theme)


John Williams – Lincoln (The People’s House)


John Williams – Schindler’s List (Theme)


John Williams – Jaws (Theme)


John Williams – E.T. (Adventures on Earth)


John Williams – Saving Private Ryan (Hymn to the Fallen)


John Williams – Amistad (Dry Your Tears, Africa)


John Williams – Harry Potter (Hedwig’s Theme)


John Williams – Jurassic Park (Theme)



Ozren K. Glaser

About Ozren K. Glaser

ISFMF, Artistic Director and Producer

, , , , , , , , , , ,

One Response to Greatest of the Week: JOHN WILLIAMS

  1. tena
    tena April 22, 2013 at 10:47 am #

    Love John Williams, one of my favorite composers

Leave a Reply