The Special Relationship: John Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra (Video)

Celebrating the unique musical collaboration between Maestro John Williams and the legendary British orchestra with a distinguished panel of guests talking about their work on historic film scores including the original Star Wars trilogy, Superman and Raiders of the Lost Ark

Hosted and Produced by Maurizio Caschetto and Tim Burden

The Legacy of John Williams is proud to present this exclusive video production dedicated to one of the most special relationship in the history of music: John Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra.

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Announcing ‘THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP: John Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra’ Video Event

Coming May 4th on The Legacy of John Williams, an exclusive online video event featuring special guests to celebrate one of the most legendary collaborations in the history of music: John Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra

John Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios (2005) Photo © Michael Humphrey / LSO
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A Herald for All Musicians

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Photo by Jamie Trueblood /Lucasfilm Ltd.

With The Rise of Skywalker, composer John Williams has completed his own musical cycle, putting the final coda on a rich musical glossary he started to work on 42 years earlier. When the composer wrote and recorded that film score in 1977, he couldn’t imagine how big the impact of his music would have been, and how long it would have resonated with audiences throughout the subsequent decades. As he told recently to film journalist and film music historian Jon Burlingame:

“Forty years ago, if you said to me, ‘Here’s a project, John, and I want you to write 25 hours of music,’ I would have dropped my pencil case and said, ‘It’s impossible. No one can do that,’”

Yet the composer was able to return to that musical world always with the same amount of enthusiasm, creativity, and devotion for all the subsequent scores he penned for the intergalactic space opera initiated by George Lucas, which now covers a time span of almost half of his life.

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John Williams’s Journey into the Concert Hall

A chronological overview of the Maestro’s early works for the concert hall in the 1960s and 1970s, including his almost-unknown Symphony No. 1

by Maurizio Caschetto

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A portrait of John Williams from the late 1960s

The term “film composer” might be useful when referring to the work and career of John Williams. But, in his case, it would be also extremely reductive. While it’s true that the Maestro dedicated much of his artistic life to work for the Hollywood film industry, he has always showed a great deal of versatility, typical of musicians who don’t limit themselves just to one single area. Pianist, jazzman, arranger and, in the end, composer of works for films and the concert stage, Williams diversified his artistic output since the early days of his professional career, exploring different sides of his musical personality. Looking at him this way, it can be said without being proven wrong that he perfectly embodies the creative breadth of the 20th century composer and musician.

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Super Orchestra: the LSO and the Music of Superman

A brief history of the special relationship between John Williams and the London Symphony Orchestra, followed by the full list of musicians who performed on the soundtrack of Superman: The Movie

by Maurizio Caschetto

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A rare picture taken during a break of the recording sessions of Superman: The Movie. From left to right: recording engineer Eric Tomlinson, second-unit director André De Toth, executive producer Ilya Salkind, actor Christopher Reeve, composer John Williams and director Richard Donner
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Taking Flight: A Conversation with Mike Matessino on SUPERMAN 40th Anniversary Soundtrack (Part 2)

Part 2 of the exclusive podcast featuring producer Mike Matessino on Superman: The Movie 40th Anniversary Remastered Edition, a new release from La-La Land Records of John Williams’ soaring score

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Taking Flight: A Conversation with Mike Matessino on SUPERMAN 40th Anniversary Soundtrack (Part 1)

An exclusive interview with producer Mike Matessino on Superman: The Movie 40th Anniversary Remastered Edition, a new release from La-La Land Records of John Williams’ soaring score

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#WilliamsWeek – Day 5: Happy Birthday, John Williams!

It’s day 5 of the #WilliamsWeek. Today is John Williams’ 87th birthday! We send our best wishes to the Maestro and tribute his incredible legacy through one final very inspiring quote and one the most heartfelt and profound works of his long and distinguished career. Happy Birthday, Maestro Williams. And thank you for sharing your artistry with the whole world. Here’s to many more years of unforgettable music!

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John Williams at Boston’s Symphony Hall, May 2010 (Photo by Fabrizio Bertellino)

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