John Towner Williams born February 8, is an American composer, conductor, pianist and trombonist. Regarded by many as the greatest film composer of all time, he has composed some of the most popular, recognizable, and critically acclaimed film scores in cinematic history in a career spanning over six decades. With 52 Academy Award nominations, he is the second most-nominated individual, after Walt Disney. The Library of Congress also entered the Star Wars soundtrack into the National Recording Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
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Produced, directed and co-written by J. Abrams , the ninth and final episode of the Star Wars franchise will be hitting screens later this year. While very little has been disclosed about the plot so far, the final trailer reveals the return of evil Emperor Palpatine or his cackle, at least , and features Lando Calrissian in the Millennium Falcon, a Death Star, those iconic neon lightsabers, and Princess Leia and Rey sharing a moment.
Where to begin when talking about the most influential score in film history? Not necessarily with the long and storied career that John Williams enjoyed before Star Wars. No, you begin with George Lucas. But better. Star Wars truly was visionary in a visual sense, but without its signature score the movie feels like a different beast entirely. You see the man in the suit and sense how clumsy and lucky he was not to have tripped over his flowing cape as he marched onto screen, encased in a bulky, burdensome helmet in head-to-toe leather. In short, you see the flaws. But watch it with the music on and something happens to Mr Vader. He instantly becomes the threatening, menacing, villainous monster audiences all know and came to love. Close your eyes and imagine what sort of music a gin-soaked dive bar on the far reaches of the universe would feature and what do you hear?