John Christopher Williams AO OBE (born 24 April 1941) is an Australian virtuosic classical guitarist renowned for his ensemble playing as well as his interpretation and promotion of the modern classical guitar repertoire. In 1973, he shared a Grammy Award in the Best Chamber Music Performance category with fellow guitarist Julian Bream for ...
John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is an American composer, conductor and pianist.In a career that has spanned nearly seven decades, he has composed some of the most popular, recognizable, and critically acclaimed film scores in cinematic history.
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John Williams, also formerly credited as Johnny Williams, worked as a jazz pianist and studio musician before starting to compose for television and film.Throughout his career he has directed his own works whenever possible.
- Film Scores
- The Olympics
- Celebration Pieces and Other Concert Works
The following list consists of select films for which John Williams composed the score and/or songs.
Williams has composed music for four Olympic Games: 1. "Olympic Fanfare and Theme" – 1984 Summer Olympics, Los Angeles 1.1. Written specifically for the opening ceremonies. In a 1996 re-release, the opening trumpet fanfare was replaced with "Bugler's Dream", a previous Olympic Theme written by Leo Arnaud. This recording has been used as the theme for NBC's Olympic coverage ever since. Williams received a Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition. 2. "The Olympic Spirit" – 1988 Summer Olympics, Seoul 2.1. Commissioned by NBC Sportsfor their television coverage. Williams received a Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Composition. 3. "Summon the Heroes" – 1996 Summer Olympics, Atlanta, Georgia 3.1. Written in commemoration of the Centennial of the Modern Olympic Games. Premiering on July 19, 1996, the piece features heavy use of the brass and wind sections and is approximately six minutes in length. Principal Boston Pops trumpeter Timothy Morrison played the opening solo on the albu..."Prelude and Fugue for Orchestra" (1965). Premiered by the Los Angeles Neophonic Orchestra conducted by Stan Kenton. The original Kenton version is on the album Stan Kenton Conducts the Los Angeles..."Essay for Strings" (1965)"Symphony No. 1" (1966), premiered by Houston Symphony under André Previnin 1968. Williams reworked the piece in 1988 (scheduled to be performed by the San Francisco Symphony during a visit as gues..."Sinfonietta for Wind Ensemble" (1968), commissioned and first recorded in 1970 by Eastman Wind Ensemble under Donald Hunsberger.
1961 Folk Songs (with Wilfred Brown: tenor) (L'Oiseau-Lyre)1961 A Spanish Guitar(Westminster)1963 Twenty Studies for Guitar(Westminster)1963 Jacqueline du Pré: Recital(EMI)1970 John Williams Plays Spanish Music(CBS)1970 Webern: Complete Works(CBS/Philips)1971 Songs of Freedom – Theodorakis with Maria Farantouri(CBS)1971 The Raging Moon(EMI)1980 The Monster Club(soundtrack)1980 Guitar Quintets(CBS)1980 The Platinum Collection(2LP) (C) (Cube Records)1980 The Guitar Music of John Williams(C) (Tellydisc)1990 Leyenda(CBS)1990 Bach: Four Lute Suites(C) (CBS)1990 Vivaldi Concertos(Sony)1990 Spanish Guitar Music(C) (Essential Classics)2000 Classic Williams – Romance of the Guitar(C) (Sony)2000 The Essential John Williams(C) (Metro)2000 English Guitar Music(C) (Essential Classics)2001 The Magic Box(Sony)2011 The Guitarist(3CD)2013 Stepping Stones2014 Guitar Concertos2016 John Williams The Guitarist - The Complete Columbia Album Collection(58CD and 1 DVD)
Oct 13, 2012 · In a new biography, John Williams says his former teacher forced pupils to play in his style and was musically snobbish John Williams, left, has accused his former teacher, Andrés Segovia, of ...