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Sounds of the Silver Screen<br />John Williams<br />Composer of the Movies<br />
John WilliamsBasic Information<br />Birthdate<br />Born February 8, 1932<br />Birthplace/Hometown<br />Long Island, New Yo...
Interesting Facts<br />Moved with his family to Los Angeles in 1948. <br />Studied composition at UCLA. <br />Served in th...
Famous WorksComposed film scores for the following movies (just to name a few…)<br /><ul><li>Harry Potter
Jaws
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
ET - the Extraterrestrial
Jurassic Park
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Elementary/primary education Composer of the Week presentation featuring Academy Award Winner (c) John Williams, 20th and 21st century composer.

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  1. 1. Sounds of the Silver Screen<br />John Williams<br />Composer of the Movies<br />
  2. 2. John WilliamsBasic Information<br />Birthdate<br />Born February 8, 1932<br />Birthplace/Hometown<br />Long Island, New York <br />Nationality<br />American <br />Style/Period<br />Modern 1920-Present <br />
  3. 3. Interesting Facts<br />Moved with his family to Los Angeles in 1948. <br />Studied composition at UCLA. <br />Served in the Air Force.<br />Studied piano at the Juilliard School of Music. <br />Has composed the music for close to 80 films and has composed some of the most famous themes ever written for cinema. Some of these include Harry Potter, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, ET - the Extraterrestrial, Jurassic Park, the Star Wars Pre-episode and Trilogy, the Indiana Jones Trilogy, Home Alone, and Empire of the Sun.<br />Has received 45 Academy Award nominations (the most for any person alive and tied for second after Walt Disney for most overall) and has been awarded with five Oscars, seven British Academy Awards, twenty-one Grammies and four Golden Globes. <br />Named the 19th conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra in 1980, retiring in 1993. <br />Has appeared as guest conductor with many major orchestras, including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and has also written many concert pieces<br /> Composed the themes for the NBC News, the 1987 International Special Olympics, and the 1984, 1988, and 1996 Summer Olympic Games.<br />
  4. 4. Famous WorksComposed film scores for the following movies (just to name a few…)<br /><ul><li>Harry Potter
  5. 5. Jaws
  6. 6. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  7. 7. ET - the Extraterrestrial
  8. 8. Jurassic Park
  9. 9. The Star Wars Prequel and Trilogy
  10. 10. The Indiana Jones series
  11. 11. Superman</li></li></ul><li>Star Wars Theme<br />The music of Star Wars consists of the scores written for all six Star Wars films by composer John Williams from 1977 to 1983 for the Original Trilogy, and 1999 to 2005 for the Prequel Trilogy. The scores utilize an unusual variety of musical styles, many chosen from the Late Romantic style of Richard Strauss and his contemporaries that itself was incorporated into the Golden Age Hollywood scores of Erich Korngold and Max Steiner. George Lucas maintains much of the trilogy's success relies not on advanced visual effects, but on the simple, direct emotional appeal of its plot, characters and, importantly, music.<br />Star Wars often is credited as heralding the beginning of a revival of grand symphonic scores in the late 1970s. One technique in particular is an influence: Williams' revival of a technique called "leitmotiv", which is most famously associated with the operas of Richard Wagner and, in film scores, with Steiner. A "leitmotif" is a phrase or melodic cell that signifies a character, place, plot element, mood, idea, relationship or other specific part of the film. It commonly is used in modern film scoring, as a device mentally to anchor certain parts of a film to the soundtrack. <br />
  12. 12. Indiana Jones Theme<br />Released on June 12, 1981, Raiders of the Lost Ark became the top-grossing film of 1981; it remains one of the highest-grossing films ever made. In 1999, the film was included in the United States Library of Congress' National Film Registry as having been deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”<br />
  13. 13. Jurassic Park Theme<br />Composer John Williams began work on the score at the end of February 1993, and it was conducted a month later by John Neufeld and Alexander Courage.<br />
  14. 14. Olympic Theme & Fanfare<br />Compositions for the Olympics:<br />1984 Summer Olympics (Los Angeles)“Olympic Fanfare and Theme”This was added to the “Buglers Dream” which was introduced during the 1968 Olympics.<br />1987 International Summer Games (Special Olympics)“We’re Lookin’ Good”<br />1988 Summer Olympics (Seoul) “Olympic Spirit”<br />1996 Summer Olympics (Atlanta)“Summon the Heroes”<br />2002 Winter Olympics (Salt Lake City)“Call of the Champions”<br />
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