Posted by: ckckred | February 8, 2012

John William’s 80th Birthday

Today is John William’s 80th Birthday.  For those of you unaware of the man, John Williams is perhaps the greatest movie composer of all time.  He’s done many famous scores (many of them for Steven Spielberg, who only uses him for his films) and has gotten 47 Oscar nominations, second only to Walt Disney.

What I love most about Williams is the memorable themes he puts in his song.  Jaws‘s main theme, for example, is mostly made up of a few notes, yet it made the opening scene of the movie one of the most frightening in film history.

But William’s greatest work is Star Wars, which AFI called the greatest film score of all time.  And it is rightfully so; it is a march that shows triumph and pomp.  It’s a fantastic piece that reflects on his other scores for films like Raiders of the Lost Ark, E. T.: The Extra Terrestrial, and Jurassic Park.

But one of my other favorite William’s scores is for Schindler’s List. Spielberg’s film about the Holocaust.  The sad sound of the violin to the sweeping notes gave the movie its emotion.  When John Williams first saw the film, he told Spielberg, “You need a better composer for the film than me.”  Spielberg replied with, “I tried.  They were already dead.”

Happy Birthday, John Williams.  You’ve made the greatest film scores of all time, and you’ve captured our hearts and imaginations with them.



  1. He will always be one of the greats for sure, my favorite score of his is.Schindler’s List, I have not even seen the movie and love it!

    • Schindler’s List is, in my opinion, Spielberg’s best film and it has one of William’s best scores. One of John WIlliam’s other great scores include the tremendously underrated Empire of the Sun.

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