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b. Isaac Cozerbreit, 8 May 1893, London, England, d. 7 September 1978, Findon Valley, Worthing, England. Williams was one of Britain’s most prolific composers of light music, and he was also responsible for numerous film scores, often uncredited on screen. During his early career as a violinist he led for Sir Landon Ronald, Sir Thomas Beecham and Sir Edward Elgar. Like many of his contemporaries, he accompanied silent films, and became conductor of the New Gallery Cinema in London’s Regent Street. He worked on the first British all-sound film, Alfred Hitchcock’s Blackmail, from which followed many commissions as composer or conductor:The Thirty Nine Steps (1935), Kipps (1941), The Night Has Eyes (1942), The Young Mr Pitt (1942), The Way To The Stars (1945- assisting Nicholas Brodszky who is reported to have written only four notes of the main theme, leaving the rest to Williams), The Noose (1946), While I Live (1947) from which came his famous ‘Dream Of Olwen’, The Romantic Age (1949), Flesh And Blood - from which came ‘Throughout The Years’ (1951) and the American movie The Apartment (1960) which used Williams’ ‘Jealous Lover’ (originally heard in the British film The Romantic Age) as the title theme, reaching number 1 in the US charts.


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