Happy 81st Birthday to American composer John Williams, (born on February 8, 1932 in Floral Park, New York) who has composed some of the most recognizable and familiar film scores in cinematic movie history.
John Williams grew up in Queens, New York. He was the son of a jazz percussionist (his father) in the CBS radio orchestra. He was exposed to music from an early age and began studying piano as a child. He later learned how to play the trumpet, trombone and clarinet. He started writing music at an early age also. He began composing and orchestrating his own musical pieces during his teenage years.
John Williams was classically trained in music. He studied at the Juilliard School and the Eastman School of Music, where he received his degree in music. He mainly studied the piano with Rosina Lhévinne during his college years, but he would later go on to become a music composer rather than a performer for the duration of his life’s career. After he completed his studies, Williams moved to Los Angeles, California where he started working as a musical orchestrator at the television and movie filming studios.
Williams started composing music for television during the late 1950's. He eventually would go on to compose music scores for movies later in the 1960's. He won an Oscar for his orchestration of the music for 'Fiddler on the Roof' in 1972, the first of many big-time awards during his musical career. In 1974 he began a long and fruitful collaboration with Steven Spielberg that would culminate into some of his most popular and well-known works, including the Oscar-winning scores from 'Jaws' (1975), 'E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial' (1982) and 'Schindler's List' (1993). Some of his other memorable scores are from the 'Star Wars' films by George Lucas, and from Spielberg's 'Raiders of the Lost Ark '(1981).
Read more: John Williams Biography (Composer) — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Williams
Included below are several music videos of some of his most notable contributions that were made to the motion picture film industry.
Greetings to Everyone and A Big Welcome to Infinity Music Studio! My name is Suzanne Brittania. I have been teaching piano and voice lessons for over 40 plus years. It is my hope that you will find all the following information, along with the music videos listed within my blog, to be very interesting, helpful and inspiring all throughout your own musical journey.
The videos listed below are of famous opera stars (that I performed with extensively all throughout my earlier musical career) especially during the 1950's and 60's.
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