John Williams: The American Sound

A selection of American-sounding pieces by the Maestro, curated and presented by The Legacy of John Williams, to celebrate Inauguration Day

Maestro John Williams is certainly one of the true icons of American music. He has conveyed the inner spirit of the US nation in his own composition for both films and the concert hall probably more than any other American composer in history. Following in the tradition of great American composers as Aaron Copland, Virgil Thomson, Roy Harris and Leonard Bernstein, his music carries forward the core values of the nation with bold gestures, soulful orchestrations and featuring prominent writing for brass instruments. Be it a warm trumpet solo or a huge climactic orchestral tutti, Williams’ music lifts up the spirit like few other composers can.

His music accompanied films rooted in the American history as JFK, Born on the Fourth of July, Lincoln, Saving Private Ryanm The Patriot and Amistad, usually with scores filled with noble sobriety; but he also cherished the cheering, uplifting side of the US nation with compositions filled with joy and enthusiasm like his unforgettable march from Superman: The Movie (1978), or the iconic “Olympic Fanfare and Theme” written for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. He has also composed pieces for such historic occasions as the re-dedication of the Statue of Liberty in 1986 (for which he wrote the uplifting “Liberty Fanfare”) and the Inauguration of US President Barack Obama in 2008 (for which he composed and arranged the quartet “Air and Simple Gifts”). The music of John Williams can surely be defined as the quintessential “American Sound”.

On Inauguration Day of the 46th President of the United States of America Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris, The Legacy of John Williams presents a specially made playlist curated by editor Maurizio Caschetto featuring a collection of patriotic and American-tinged pieces composed by Maestro John Williams over the course of his career: film score excerpts (including music from JFK, Born on the Fourth of July, Lincoln, The Patriot and Amistad), ceremonial music (“Olympic Fanfare and Theme”, “Liberty Fanfare”, “Summon the Heroes”) and concert works (“For the President’s Own”, “Air and Simple Gifts”), all grouped together to lift up your spirit. Enjoy this selection of incredible music by the Maestro.

Playlist curated by Maurizio Caschetto

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