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    Yo guys, I'm posting this thread purely for the appreciation and worship of the great man; John Williams. It's true he has had a massive advantage working with the top directors in the buisness, but you have to admire his natural genius for melody an orchestration. What are your favourite scores of his? Personally, my favourite are the Star Wars movies, the Indiana Jones trilogy and Schindlers List.
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    The first two Home Alone films were my favorites along with your selection of the Star Wars productions.
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    Jurassic Park and of course Schindler's List.
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    Jurassic Park and Star Wars are great. Others that you don't hear about much (but are good) are: 1941 (seriously), The Patriot, Born on the Fourth of July and Far and Away. Just great stuff!

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    I liked the score for Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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    I'm going out on a limb and choose a cheesy old TV show theme by the then little known Johnny Williams as he was called. I listen to the all too brief main theme from The Time Tunnel just for its quirky "where's-the-downbeat?" rhythms and fantastic horn ensemble work. It's almost jazz, almost classical.

    I hated the show -- loved the theme music.

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    I heard that John Williams did the 'Lost in Space' theme too. Is that true?

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    You had me wondering for a minute if I had missed something I thought you were on about the John Williams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SPR View Post
    I heard that John Williams did the 'Lost in Space' theme too. Is that true?

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    Yes, he did that too.

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    It's difficult to know where to start when nominating the best JW scores, there have been so many over the years, and he is absolutely by a wide margin the greatest living composer in my view. It seems to me that these days the vast majority of the finest living composers work in cinema, and sadly very few of them in the 'classical' mainstream.

    For me E.T. is his most beautiful and in some ways his most purely symphonic score, it is truly wonderful.

    I would say that in recent years his music for 'Catch Me if You Can' and 'Terminal' are so original and interesting, in both cases you would not even think that you were listening to a John Williams score.

    I also love his scores for Saving Private Ryan, all the various Star Wars movies, and Empire of the Sun.

    A word also for Jaws, which will probably remain forever his most iconic score, that ominous sound of the approaching killer shark is perhaps the most instantly recognisable and terrifying musical theme in cinema since Bernard Herrmann's famous shower scene in Hitchcock's 'Psycho'.

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    Anyone who is playing piano in a studio orchestra by the age of 10 is going to learn the craft of composition so well that even when he has nothing to say he going to say it in such a way that it dosn't matter!
    Doffed caps all round to Master JW

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    While owing a lot to John Adams, Williams' score to A.I. is absolutely marvelous.

    Whats most amazing about Williams is how his sequel scores almost always trump the original. The Empire Strikes Back, Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom, The Lost World, that third Harry Potter score... he consistantly just ups the ante in the most wonderful ways.

    Dracula, The Fury and Empire Of The Sun may be his best and least respected works though.

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    orchestration.
    He doesn't orchestrate all his scores.

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    While it's true that Williams doesn't orchestrate many of his scores, he does write a lot of very specific and meticulous notes on his sketches, which can span several staffs, in regards to instrumentation. Sometimes the orchestrator finds themselves merely assigning the parts to its corresponding place in the full score.

    So I think we could give some credit to Williams for the amazing orchestration found in his scores.

    I love his score for the Original Star Wars Trilogy.
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    Agreed. But a general use of double piano sketch is used mostly.

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