John Williams

(b. 1932)

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(b NY, 1932).

Amer. composer. As boy, played pf., tb., tpt., and cl. Moved to Los Angeles 1948. Cond. Boston Pops Orch. 1980–93. Wrote mus. for film and tv. Pianist, arranger, and cond. for Columbia Records. In films, assoc. with the director Steven Spielberg. Scores incl. The Towering Inferno (1974); Jaws (1975); Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977); Star Wars (1977); Superman (1978); The Empire Strikes Back (1980); Raiders of the Lost Ark (1982); E.T. (1982); Return of the Jedi (1983); Home Alone (1990); Schindler's List (1993); Saving Private Ryan (1998); Angela's Ashes (1999); Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002); Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004); War of the Worlds (2005); Memoirs of a Geisha (2005). Also comp. 2 syms., vn. conc., fl. conc., Essay, str., Olympic Fanfare (1984), cl. conc. (1991), vc. conc. (1994), bn. conc. (1995), tpt. conc. (1996), Seven for Luck, song‐cycle, sop., orch. (1998).

Subjects: Music.

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