A Celebration of John Williams

A Celebration of John Williams

Many of the films we love would not be the same without John Williams. Take a few minutes to watch and listen to some of his most memorable cues as we celebrate the birth of one of the most iconic composers around.

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A Celebration of John Williams
  • Ep. 156 - John Williams' 'Home Alone'

    We think it is fair to say that the 1990 Chris Columbus film 'Home Alone' is one of the best Christmas movies ever made. Produced by the great John Hughes, it was nominated for multiple awards including two Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song.

    The opening of the film de...

  • Ep. 152 - John Williams' 'Superman'

    Richard Donner's 1978 masterpiece featuring the great Gene Hackman and the late Marlon Brando & Christopher Reeve was nominated for 3 Academy Awards including Best Film Editing, Best Sound, and of course... Best Music (Original Score) by maestro John Williams. Even though John Williams did not wi...

  • Ep. 143 - John Williams' 'Munich'

    This 2005 historical drama produced and directed by Stephen Spielberg is a film we can never forget. Nominated for five Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Editing, John Williams also received a nomination for Best Original Score. Williams was actually ...

  • Ep. 134 - John Williams' 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™'

    There is no question that each cue from the score to this film is gorgeous and unique, with this being one of them. "Buckbeak's Flight" is not only just a beautiful theme with sweeping strings and percussion (and don't forget the subtle flute!), but it comes at time when Harry, just for a second,...

  • Ep. 132 - John Williams' 'Hook'

    Who can forget the 1991 Spielberg film, 'Hook'? It is, by far, one of John Williams' best scores to-date. Nominated for a Grammy, there are moments in this film that are strikingly gorgeous when combining the set design, Spielberg's direction, and Robin Williams' emotional performance.

    This scen...

  • Ep. 130 - John Williams' 'Born on the Fourth of July'

    Who can forget the 1989 film directed by Oliver Stone? Based on the 1976 autobiography by Ron Kovic, it goes down in cinematic history as one of the most riveting anti-war film sever made.

    The score was produced, composed, and conducted by John Williams, who agreed to work on the film after wat...

  • Ep. 99 - John Williams' 'E.T.'

    What can be said about the genius of this score? It was the fourth in history to accomplish the feat or winning the Academy Award, Golden Globe, Grammy, and BAFTA (the previous two, 'Star Wars' and 'Jaws', were also composed by Williams, who remains the only person to have won all awards for the ...

  • Ep. 96 - John Williams' 'Jurassic Park'

    Nobody can question that the score to 'Jurassic Park' is one of the most beloved and iconic of John Williams' career. The unforgettable 'Jurassic Park Theme' can be heard in this snapshot to which Williams himself stated that it was an attempt "to capture the awesome beauty and sublimity of the d...

  • Ep. 94 - John Williams' 'Memoirs of a Geisha'

    Where to Watch: https://letterboxd.com/film/memoirs-of-a-geisha/
    Listen to the score: https://open.spotify.com/album/4wcOu3JLqjWjcFpMwKS69C?si=uofEun7bRIWJSYT-4HlY8g&dl_branch=1
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    Every Monday and Wednesday, SCORE CUE SNAPSHOTS brings you iconic scenes married to the corresponding score cue with...

  • Ep. 60 - John Williams & John Powell's 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'

    This clip features three cues from the Deluxe Edition of the soundtrack, featuring "Meet Han (1M1)” composed by John Williams & John Powell, with the two others ("Bunk / Proxima", "Corellia Chase") composed by John Powell. One can say it must be exceedingly difficult to follow in the footsteps of...

  • Ep. 78 - John Williams' 'The Patriot'

    For today's Score Cue Snapshot, we bring to you another incredible John Williams score, one of which was nominated for an Academy Award. This scene in particular is can be tough to watch, but Williams does something incredible in the final showdown between the Captain Benjamin Martin (Gibson) and...

  • Ep. 40 - John Williams' 'The Rise of Skywalker' (4K HDR)

    Different from the previous episode, this one focuses on a beautiful and tender moment between Ben and Rey, after Ben uses the Force to revive her at the cost of his own life. It was one of the most emotional moments in the entire series, and the music is so beautifully written. It gives the char...

  • Ep. 39 - John Williams' 'The Force Awakens' (4K HDR)

    Utilizing an 85-piece orchestra and recording around 175 minutes of music, John Williams received his 50th Oscar nomination for this score, and also won a Saturn & Grammy Award. This particular scene contains two tracks from the soundtrack as Rey, Finn, and BB-8 steal the Millennium Falcon and es...

  • Ep. 32 - John Williams' 'Schindler's List' (4K HDR)

    Considered to be one of the greatest films ever made, "Schindler's List" was nominated for twelve Academy Awards including Best Original Score. Williams ended up winning the Academy Award, in addition to a BAFTA, Grammy, and Golden Globe. The film won numerous other awards including seven BAFTAs,...

  • Ep. 3 - John Williams' 'Far and Away'

    The music of Far and Away was composed and conducted by composer John Williams. The expansive score features a mixture of traditional Irish instrumentation and conventional orchestra, creating one of the most memorable scores ever written.

    Where to watch: https://letterboxd.com/film/far-and-away...

  • Ep. 36 - John Williams' 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'

    Justin Freer talks about John Williams’ epic and unforgettable score to one of the best films of all time - Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, directed by Steven Spielberg in 1981. Looking at two distinct scenes in the film, Justin dissects some interesting facts about the music, in a...