John Williams on The Phantom Menace

What was it like the first time you met George Lucas? What were you impressions of him and of the first STAR WARS movie? I met George approximately in 1976, when he was looking for a composer for STAR WARS. He asked his friend Steven Spielberg who Steven would recommend. I’d just done SUGARLAND EXPRESS and JAWS with Steven, so Steven...

John Williams: Classical Guitarist

One thing John Williams will never be accused of and that’s being complacent. He may be known as one of the world’s best classical guitarists, but Williams is also one of those very special musicians who is blessed with an ongoing curiosity and an equally adventurous spirit especially when music is involved. His recording career began in England in 1957 when he...

ET: The Extra-Terrestrial

Craig Anderson’s letter In CinemaScore #15 (p.30) raises once again that tired old question: just how original is an Original Soundtrack? I was initially dubious at Craig’s suggestion that John Williams had “lifted almost intact” his score for E.T. from Howard Hanson’s Romantic Symphony (it couldn’t be the other way around, as Craig allowed: the Symphony was...