#WilliamsWeek 2020: Happy Birthday, John Williams!

It’s the final day of the #WilliamsWeek. Today is John Williams’ 88th 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 conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, January 2020 (Photo © Dieter Nagl / Wiener Philharmoniker)

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#WilliamsWeek 2020: Day 2

It’s day 2 of the #WilliamsWeek, a celebration of composer John Williams on the occasion of his 88th birthday coming February 8. We continue to cherish the work of the Maestro through inspiring quotes taken from interviews of the past and a piece of music from his extensive body of work for films and the concert hall.

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Photo © Thomas Bango

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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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Across the Stars, Inside the Music: Interview with Anne-Sophie Mutter

The internationally acclaimed violinist talks with The Legacy of John Williams about her collaboration with the composer and their stunning recording project Across The Stars, featuring all-new arrangements of Williams’ iconic film themes rewritten especially for her.

by Maurizio Caschetto

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John Williams and Anne-Sophie Mutter; Photo © Phrashant Gupta, courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon

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Legacy Conversations: Brett Mitchell

Talented American conductor and Music Director of the Colorado Symphony talks about John Williams and how the music of the Maestro inspired him throughout his artistic and personal life.

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Conductor Brett Mitchell (Portrait by Roger Mastroianni)

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Legacy Conversations: David Newman

American composer and conductor David Newman talks about the music of John Williams and its ties to the rich musical legacy of his father Alfred Newman

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David Newman

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Legacy Conversations: Leonard Slatkin

The internationally acclaimed American conductor talks about the music of John Williams and his friendship with the Maestro.

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Leonard Slatkin (Photo by David Duchon-Doris)

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