When it comes to music, nothing transcends time like unforgettable melodies. How is it that melodies of such quality and variety can be crafted by just one person in such large quantities? Scores such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, ET, Harry Potter, Jaws and Superman all came from one mind, John Williams.
Over the course of 60-year career in film, John Williams has a tally of 60 Oscar nominations (the most of any living person) and five wins and just last week he was awarded the American Film Institute’s (AFI) 2016 Life Achievement Award. The 84-year-old composer’s response to this: “I’m really too young for something like this.” Steven Spielberg probably said it best during his presentation at the AFI gala for Williams:
“Without John Williams, bikes don’t really fly, nor do brooms in Quidditch matches, nor do men in red capes. There is no force, dinosaurs do not walk the earth, we do not wonder, we do not weep, we do not believe.”
Williams will undoubtedly be remembered, and probably studied in the distant future as THE symbol of film music. But his work is not over yet. He is signed on to create music for the two upcoming Star Wars episodes eight and nine as well as Indiana Jones 5 and a variety of other films on Spielberg’s ever growing roster. Enjoy his piece Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rey’s Theme: