Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Composer Spotlight: John Williams

If you enjoy music and have never heard of John Williams then you either live underneath a rock or you are probably a Justin Bieber fan.  Either way, John Williams has been one of the most prolific composers of the last half century.  Known primarily for his distinguishable film scores, Williams has written the music for blockbusters such as: Star Wars, E.T., Jurassic Park, Saving Private Ryan, and Harry Potter.  Try to see if you can hum the main theme from the films listed, then click the link and hear how close you are.  You might do better than you think!

Today I would like to share my favorite piece of John Williams' music, "Revisiting Normandy," from the score of Saving Private Ryan.  If you haven't seen the movie(go see it), this piece accompanies the opening scene.  One of Williams' greatest strengths is his ability to match the music with the emotion of the film, which is done beautifully at this moment.  (The soundtrack won the 1998 Grammy Award for Best Score)

1 comment:

  1. I forgot how awesome this music is. Even Jurassic Park could not hide the brilliance of John Williams but Saving Private Ryan sure did.