John Williams Olympic Music
I’m downstairs hearing the Olympic Fanfare on television upstairs. I love the music of John Williams.
Of course he wrote all the movie music we remember from Star Wars, ET, Jurassic Park, the Indiana Jones movies as well as Schindler’s List, Jaws, Superman, The Towering Inferno & The Cowboys starting John Wayne. Did you know that he wrote the Harry Potter themes? How about the NBC Nightly News theme & NBC Sunday Night Football theme?
The man is amazing! He captures the exact emotion, the exact timing… I cannot imagine the movies without his scores.
Mr. Williams attended UCLA, served in the US Air Force then attended the Juilliard School while also working in Jazz clubs as a pianist.
He has had more Academy Award nominations than anyone except Walt Disney.
Williams has written many concert pieces, including a symphony; a Concerto for Horn written for Dale Clevenger, principal hornist of the Chicago Symphony; a Concerto for Clarinet written for Michele Zukovsky (Principal Clarinetist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic) in 1991; a sinfonietta for wind ensemble; a cello concerto premiered by Yo-Yo Ma and the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood in 1994; concertos for the flute and violin recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra; and a trumpet concerto, which was premiered by the Cleveland Orchestra and their principal trumpet Michael Sachs in September 1996. His bassoon concerto, “The Five Sacred Trees”, which was premiered by the New York Philharmonic and principal bassoon player Judith LeClair in 1995, was recorded for Sony Classical by Williams with LeClair and the London Symphony Orchestra. He is also an accomplished pianist, as can be heard in various scores in which he provides solos, as well as a handful of European classical music recordings.
Written for the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, This is such a gorgeous composition! Hope you enjoy it, too!