John Williams, the legend of cinema’s melodies
Born in 1932 in New York, John Williams is an American composer, conductor and pianist. He is at the origin of all the famous cinema musics we love : Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones etc. His musical process is absolutely phenomenal, and remarkable.
He entered the prestigious Juilliard School in New York city, where he studied the piano. He also studied at the Eastman School of Music. 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’s or Richard Wagner’s compositions. He was an orchestrator at film studios. He began to compose his first musics in the 50’s, for TV programs and films, successfully. That’s why Steven Spielberg noticed him and was totally impressed by his talent. In 1974, John Williams began to work for him. During the same period, Spielberg recommended Williams to his friend and fellow director George Lucas, creator of the wonderful saga “Star Wars”. Williams composed all the themes of the movies, like “Across the stars”, or ‘Duel of the Fates’, which are very tormented and expressive and have marked the public.
His success is not going to stop : John Williams was asked to score the film adaptations of J. K. Rowling’s successful book series, “Harry Potter”. I personally think that’s this is his best success, the music reflects perfectly the athmosphere of the wizard world of Harry. As a child I was fascinated by this melody. He also composed for the Jurassic Park movies, X-men, and for TV series like Smallville.
Williams has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards, and 21 Grammy Awards. His career is really impressive and I personally think that John Williams is the best movie songs’s composer of his century. He brings so much passion in his compositions, and I can say also that the movies carry off a resounding success thanks to him. The wizarding world of Harry Potter wouldn’t be so magical without his exceptional music !