John Williams (composer)
- see also: the British actor John Williams (1903-1983), who appeared in Dial M for Murder (1954) and To Catch a Thief (1955)
John Towner Williams is an American composer, conductor and pianist. He is considered to be one of the greatest film composers of all time.
In a career spanning over six decades, he has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores in cinematic history, including Jaws, Family Plot, the Star Wars series, Superman, the Indiana Jones series, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the first two Home Alone films, Hook, Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, the first three Harry Potter films, Catch Me If You Can, Memoirs of a Geisha, War Horse, and Lincoln. He has had a long association with director Steven Spielberg, composing the music for all but one (The Color Purple) of Spielberg's major feature length films.
Interviewed by the Boston Globe in June 1980, Williams said of Family Plot, "I wasn't excited about that particular picture, but I wanted to work with Hitchcock, and it turned out to be his last film. He didn't want any thick, heavy scoring. 'Just remember this,' he said to me, 'murder can be fun.'"
In 2012, Classic FM interviewed Williams about his career for a two-hour long broadcast special, which included a short discussion about Hitchcock:
In 2013, Williams spoke about Hitchcock for the BBC Radio "Composer of the Week" series:
- Family Plot (1976) - composer
He has appeared in the following Hitchcockian documentaries...
- Plotting Family Plot (2001)
Notes & References
- Boston Globe - "Where is John Williams Coming From?" (29/Jun/1980)