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John Williams (composer)

John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is one of the most widely recognised composers of film scores, and is often credited with the revival of the symphonic film score with his brassy themes for the Star Wars series, probably his most famous and recognisable work. Among his composing credits are:

He wrote the scores for several TV shows, including Gilligan's Island and Lost in Space. Williams often works with Steven Spielberg and has been nominated for 42 Academy Awards, of which he has won five (for Star Wars, Fiddler on the Roof, Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Schindler's List).

From 1980 to 1993, he was principal conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra.

Williams has also written various concert works, including concerti for flute, violin, trumpet and tuba.

He is also an accomplished pianist, as can be heard in various scores in which he provides solos, as well as a handful of classical recordings.

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