List of compositions by John Williams

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This is a list of compositions by John Williams.

Film scores[edit]

The following list consists of select films for which John Williams wrote the score and/or songs.

1950s[edit]

Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes
1954 You Are Welcome[1][2]  ? Tourist Development for Newfoundland Promotional film for the tourist information office of Newfoundland
1958 Daddy-O Lou Place American International Pictures John Williams' feature film debut

1960s[edit]

Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes
1960 I Passed for White Fred M. Wilcox Allied Artists Pictures
Because They're Young Paul Wendkos Columbia Pictures
1961 The Secret Ways Phil Karlson
Richard Widmark
Universal Pictures
1962 Bachelor Flat Frank Tashlin
Budd Grossman
20th Century Fox
1963 Diamond Head Guy Green Columbia Pictures
Gidget Goes to Rome Paul Wendkos Columbia Pictures
1964 The Killers Don Siegel Universal Pictures
1965 None but the Brave Frank Sinatra Warner Bros. Pictures
John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! J. Lee Thompson 20th Century Fox
1966 The Rare Breed Andrew V. McLaglen Universal Pictures
How to Steal a Million William Wyler 20th Century Fox
The Plainsman David Lowell Rich Universal Pictures
Not with My Wife, You Don't! Norman Panama Warner Bros. Pictures
Penelope Arthur Hiller Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
1967 A Guide for the Married Man Gene Kelly 20th Century Fox
Valley of the Dolls Mark Robson 20th Century Fox Oscar nomination (songs written by André and Dory Previn)
Fitzwilly Delbert Mann United Artists
Heidi Delbert Mann NBC TV movie
1969 Daddy's Gone A-Hunting Mark Robson National General Pictures
Goodbye, Mr. Chips Herbert Ross Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Oscar nomination
The Reivers Mark Rydell National General Pictures Oscar nomination

1970s[edit]

Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes
1970 Storia di una donna Leonardo Bercovici Universal Pictures His only score written for a foreign movie
Jane Eyre Delbert Mann NBC TV movie
1971 Fiddler on the Roof Norman Jewison United Artists Oscar winner (score adaptation)
1972 The Cowboys Mark Rydell Warner Bros. Pictures N/A
The Screaming Woman Jack Smight Universal Television
ABC
TV movie
Images Robert Altman Columbia Pictures Oscar nomination
The Poseidon Adventure Ronald Neame 20th Century Fox Golden Globe and Oscar nominations
Pete 'n' Tillie Martin Ritt Universal Pictures N/A
1973 The Long Goodbye Robert Altman United Artists Also title song (with Johnny Mercer)
Tom Sawyer Don Taylor United Artists Golden Globe and Oscar nominations shared with Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman
The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing Richard C. Sarafian Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer N/A
The Paper Chase James Bridges 20th Century Fox N/A
Cinderella Liberty Mark Rydell 20th Century Fox Golden Globe and Oscar nominations
1974 Conrack Martin Ritt 20th Century Fox N/A
The Sugarland Express Steven Spielberg Universal Pictures N/A
Earthquake Mark Robson Universal Pictures Golden Globe nomination
The Towering Inferno John Guillerman 20th Century Fox Oscar nomination
1975 The Eiger Sanction Clint Eastwood Universal Pictures N/A
Jaws Steven Spielberg Universal Pictures Grammy, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Oscar winner
1976 Family Plot Alfred Hitchcock Universal Pictures N/A
The Missouri Breaks Arthur Penn United Artists N/A
Midway Jack Smight Universal Pictures N/A
1977 Black Sunday John Frankenheimer Paramount Pictures N/A
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope George Lucas 20th Century Fox Oscar, Golden Globe, and BAFTA winner, 4 Grammy nominations including 3 wins
Close Encounters of the Third Kind Steven Spielberg Columbia Pictures Golden Globe and Oscar nominations, 3 Grammy nominations including 2 wins
1978 The Fury Brian De Palma 20th Century Fox N/A
Jaws 2 Jeannot Szwarc Universal Pictures N/A
Superman Richard Donner Warner Bros. Pictures Golden Globe and Oscar nominations, 3 Grammy nominations including 2 wins
1979 Dracula John Badham Universal Pictures N/A
1941 Steven Spielberg Universal Pictures
Columbia Pictures
N/A

1980s[edit]

Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes
1980 Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Irvin Kershner 20th Century Fox Golden Globe and Oscar nominations, BAFTA winner, 5 Grammy nominations including 2 wins
1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark Steven Spielberg Paramount Pictures Grammy winner, Oscar nomination
Heartbeeps Allan Arkush Universal Pictures N/A
1982 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Steven Spielberg Universal Pictures Golden Globe, Oscar, and BAFTA winner, 5 Grammy nominations including 3 wins
Yes, Giorgio Franklin J. Schaffner Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Music composed by Michael J. Lewis; song only – "If We Were In Love" Oscar and Golden Globe nomination
Monsignor Frank Perry 20th Century Fox N/A
1983 Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Richard Marquand 20th Century Fox Grammy and Oscar nominations
1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Steven Spielberg Paramount Pictures Oscar nomination
The River Mark Rydell Universal Pictures Golden Globe and Oscar nominations
1986 SpaceCamp Harry Winer 20th Century Fox
ABC Motion Pictures
N/A
1987 The Witches of Eastwick George Miller Warner Bros. Pictures Grammy and Oscar nominations
Empire of the Sun Steven Spielberg Warner Bros. Pictures Grammy, Golden Globe, and Oscar nominations, BAFTA winner
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace Sidney J. Furie Warner Bros. Pictures Adapted and conducted by Alexander Courage, Three new themes
1988 The Accidental Tourist Lawrence Kasdan Warner Bros. Pictures Golden Globe and Oscar nominations
1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Steven Spielberg Paramount Pictures Grammy and Oscar nominations
Born on the Fourth of July Oliver Stone Universal Pictures Grammy, Golden Globe, and Oscar nominations
Always Steven Spielberg Universal Pictures N/A

1990s[edit]

Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes
1990 Stanley & Iris Martin Ritt Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer N/A
Presumed Innocent Alan J. Pakula Warner Bros. Pictures N/A
Home Alone Chris Columbus 20th Century Fox Grammy and double Oscar nominations
1991 Hook Steven Spielberg TriStar Pictures Oscar and double Grammy nominations
JFK Oliver Stone Warner Bros. Pictures Oscar nominations
1992 Far and Away Ron Howard Universal Pictures N/A
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Chris Columbus 20th Century Fox N/A
1993 Jurassic Park Steven Spielberg Universal Pictures Grammy nomination
Schindler's List Steven Spielberg Universal Pictures Golden Globe, Oscar, Grammy, and BAFTA winner
1995 Sabrina Sydney Pollack Paramount Pictures Grammy, Golden Globe, and double Oscar nominations
Nixon Oliver Stone Hollywood Pictures Oscar nomination
1996 Sleepers Barry Levinson Warner Bros. Pictures Oscar nomination
1997 Rosewood John Singleton Warner Bros. Pictures N/A
The Lost World: Jurassic Park Steven Spielberg Universal Pictures Grammy nomination
Seven Years in Tibet Jean-Jacques Annaud TriStar Pictures Grammy and Golden Globe nominations
Amistad Steven Spielberg DreamWorks Pictures Grammy and Oscar nominations
1998 Saving Private Ryan Steven Spielberg DreamWorks Pictures Golden Globe, Grammy, and Oscar nominations
Stepmom Chris Columbus Columbia Pictures N/A
1999 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace George Lucas 20th Century Fox Grammy nomination
Angela's Ashes Alan Parker Paramount Pictures Grammy winner, Golden Globe and Oscar nominations

2000s[edit]

Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes
2000 The Patriot Roland Emmerich Columbia Pictures Oscar nomination
2001 A.I.: Artificial Intelligence Steven Spielberg DreamWorks Pictures Golden Globe, Grammy, and Oscar nominations
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Chris Columbus Warner Bros. Pictures Oscar nomination and double Grammy nominations,Sorcerer's Stone in U.S.A.
2002 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones George Lucas 20th Century Fox N/A
Minority Report Steven Spielberg DreamWorks Pictures N/A
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Chris Columbus Warner Bros. Pictures Grammy nomination/Adapted and conducted by William Ross
Catch Me If You Can Steven Spielberg DreamWorks Pictures Grammy and Oscar nominations
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Alfonso Cuarón Warner Bros. Pictures Grammy and Oscar nominations
The Terminal Steven Spielberg DreamWorks Pictures N/A
2005 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith George Lucas 20th Century Fox Double Grammy nominations
War of the Worlds Steven Spielberg Paramount Pictures Grammy nomination
Memoirs of a Geisha Rob Marshall Columbia Pictures Oscar nomination, Golden Globe and BAFTA winner, double Grammy nominations including one win. First time approaching filmmakers to do the score.
Munich Steven Spielberg DreamWorks Pictures Oscar nomination, Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition; and Grammy nomination for Best Score Soundtrack Album
2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Steven Spielberg Paramount Pictures At the 51st Grammy Awards, John Williams won an award for "The Adventures of Mutt," with a nomination in Best Score Soundtrack Album For A Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media

2010s[edit]

Year Title Director Studio(s) Notes
2011 The Adventures of Tintin Steven Spielberg Paramount Pictures Grammy and Oscar nominations, Annie Award winner
War Horse Steven Spielberg DreamWorks Pictures Oscar, Golden Globe, and BAFTA nominations
2012 Lincoln Steven Spielberg DreamWorks Pictures Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Grammy nominations
2013 The Book Thief Brian Percival 20th Century Fox Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations. Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Composition.
2015 St. James Place Steven Spielberg DreamWorks Pictures
Star Wars: The Force Awakens J.J. Abrams Walt Disney Pictures First J.J. Abrams theatrical film without his long-time composer Michael Giacchino. Also, the first film Williams will be scoring under the Walt Disney Pictures banner.

The Olympics[edit]

Theme music for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles

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Williams has composed music for four Olympic Games:

  • "Olympic Fanfare and Theme" – 1984 Summer Olympics, Los Angeles
    Written specifically for the opening ceremonies. In a 1996 re-release, the opening trumpet fanfare was replaced with "Bugler's Dream", a previous Olympic Theme written by Leo Arnaud. This recording has been used as the theme for NBC's Olympic coverage ever since. Williams received a Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition.
  • "The Olympic Spirit" – 1988 Summer Olympics, Seoul
    Commissioned by NBC Sports for their television coverage. Williams received a Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Composition.
  • "Summon the Heroes" – 1996 Summer Olympics, Atlanta, Georgia
    Written in commemoration of the Centennial of the Modern Olympic Games. Premiering on July 19, 1996, the piece features heavy use of the brass and wind sections and is approximately six minutes in length. Principal Boston Pops trumpeter Timothy Morrison played the opening solo on the album recording. It has been arranged for various types of ensembles, including wind ensembles. This theme is now used prevalently by NBC for intros and outros to commercial breaks of the Olympics.
  • "Call of the Champions" – 2002 Winter Olympics, Salt Lake City, Utah

Television themes[edit]

Concerti[edit]

Composition Year Title Premiere Date Premiere Performers Notes
1969 Concerto for Flute and Orchestra 1981 Leonard Slatkin/Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra – Saint Louis
1976 Concerto for Violin and Orchestra 1981-01-29 Leonard Slatkin/Saint Louis Symphony – Mark Peskanov, Violin – Saint Louis Composed at the suggestion of the late Barbara Ruick, first wife of the composer, begun in 1974, shortly after Mrs Ruick death, and finished in 1976
1985 Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra 1985-05-08 John Williams/Boston Pops – Chester Schimtz, Tuba – Boston Composed in 1985 for the Centennial of the Boston Pops
1991 Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra 1991-04-13 John Williams/Riverside County Philharmonic – Michele Zukovsky, Clarinet – Los Angeles Composed in 1991 for Michele Zukovsky, principal clarinet of the LA Philharmonic[5]
1993 Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra (The Five Sacred Trees) 1995-04-15 Kurt Masur/New York Philharmonic – Judith LeClair, Basoon Composed in 1993 for the 150th celebration of the New York Philharmonic
1994 Concerto for Cello and Orchestra 1994-07-07 John Williams/Boston Symphony – Yo-Yo Ma, Cello – Tanglewood Composed in 1994 for the opening of the Seiji Osawa Hall in Tanglewood
1996 Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra 1996-10 Christoph von Dohnányi/Cleveland Orchestra – Michael Sachs on Trumpet Composed in 1996 for Michael Sachs, first trumpet of the Cleveland Orchestra
1997 rev. 2002 Elegy for Cello and Piano Premiered by John Williams, piano and John Waltz, cello. Later arranged for Cello and Orchestra Composed in 1997 for a memorial service in Los Angeles. Based on a secondary theme from Seven Years in Tibet
2000 TreeSong for Violin and Orchestra 2000-07-08 John Williams/Boston Symphony – Gil Shaham, Violin Composed in 2000 for Gil Shaham
2001 Heartwood: Lyric Sketches for Cello and Orchestra 2002-08-04 John Williams/Boston Symphony – Yo-Yo Ma, Cello – Boston Composed in 2001 for Yo-Yo Ma
2003 Concerto for Horn and Orchestra 2003-11-29 John Williams/Chicago Symphony Orchestra – Dale Clevenger, Horn – Chicago Composed for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's principal horn Dale Clevenger
2007 Duo Concertante for Violin and Viola 2007-08-17 John Williams/Boston Pops – Victor Romanul, Violin – Michael Zaretsky, Viola – Tanglewood Composed for Michael Zaretsky
2009 Concerto for Viola and Orchestra 2009-05-26 John Williams/Boston Symphony – Boston Composed for Cathy Basrak. Unreleased
2009 On Willows and Birches (Concerto for Harp and Orchestra) 2009-09-23 John Williams/Boston Symphony – Boston Composed for Ann Hobson Pilot
2011 Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra 2011-05-25 John Williams/Boston Pops – Keisuke Wakao, Oboe – Boston Composed for Keisuke Wakao

Celebration pieces and other concert works[edit]

  • "Prelude and Fugue for Orchestra" (1965). Available for download in MP3 at the United States Marine Band website.
  • "Symphony #1" (1966), premiered by Houston Symphony under André Previn in 1968. Williams reworked the piece in 1988 (scheduled to be performed by the San Francisco Symphony during a visit as guest conductor in early 1990s but pulled before the performance).
  • "Sinfonietta for Wind Ensemble" (1968), committed and first recorded in 1970 by Eastman Wind Ensemble under Donald Hunsberger.[6]
  • Thomas and The King (musical, 1975), premiered in London. Recorded in 1981 by the Original Cast.
  • "Jubilee 350 Fanfare" (1980), premiered by the Boston Pops conducted by Williams. Piece celebrating the 350th anniversary of the City of Boston
  • "Fanfare for a Festive Occasion" (1980), composed for by the Boston Civic Orchestra and its conductor Max Hobart, and premiered on November 14, 1980.[7]
  • "Liberty Fanfare" (1986), premiered on July 4, 1986 by the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. Piece composed for the Centennial of the Statue of Liberty
  • "A Hymn to New England" (1987)
  • "Fanfare for Michael Dukakis" (1988). Composed for Michael Dukakis' presidential campaign and premiered at the 1988 Democratic National Convention
  • "For New York" (Variations on theme by Leonard Bernstein) (1988). Composed for Leonard Bernstein's 70th birthday celebrations
  • "Celebrate Discovery" (1990). Composed for the 500th anniversary celebration of the arrival of Columbus in America
  • "Aloft! To the Royal Masthead" (1992), for the visiting Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
  • "Sound the Bells!" (1993), composed in honor of the wedding of Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako.
  • "Song for World Peace" (1994)
  • "Variations on Happy Birthday" (1995)
  • "American Journey" (1999). Portions premiered as accompaniment to a film by Steven Spielberg as part of the Millennium Celebration in Washington D.C. December 31, 1999
  • "Three Pieces for Solo Cello" (2001)
  • "Soundings" (2003), composed for the Walt Disney Concert Hall
  • "Star Spangled Banner" (2007), special arrangement for game 1 of the 2007 World Series played by the Boston Pops Orchestra
  • "A Timeless Call" (2008). Score to the Steven Spielberg war veteran tribute film shown on day 3 of the 2008 Democratic National Convention
  • "Air and Simple Gifts", performed by Itzhak Perlman on violin, Yo-Yo Ma on cello, Gabriela Montero on piano, and Anthony McGill on clarinet. Composed for the Barack Obama 2009 presidential inauguration
  • "Viktor's Tale" (2010), for clarinet and concert band. From "The Terminal".
  • "La Jolla Quartet: A Chamber Piece for Violin, Cello, Clarinet, and Harp" (2011). Premiered August 2011 at the La Jolla Music Society's SummerFest[8]
  • "Fanfare for Fenway" (2012), Premiered April 2012 as part of the Boston Red Sox's commemoration of their 100th anniversary in Fenway Park.[9]
  • "Rounds" (2012), for solo guitar - Composed for Spanish guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas and premiered in June 2012 at the Parkening International Guitar Competition in Malibu.[10]
  • "Fanfare for 'The President's Own'" (2013), Premiered May 2013 for the United States Marine Band's 215th anniversary.[11]
  • "Conversations" (2013), a four-movement work for solo piano. The first two movements were premiered by pianist Gloria Cheng on July 22, 2013 at the Mendocino Music Festival in California. She premiered the entire work in November on the Piano Spheres series in Los Angeles.[12] A recording of "Conversations" will be released on February 10, 2015 as part of Gloria Cheng's solo album 'Montage'.[13]
  • "Music for Brass" for Brass Ensemble and Percussion (2014), premiered on June 12 by the National Brass Ensemble.[14]
  • "Scherzo for Piano and Orchestra" (2014), premiered on July 1 at the Music in the Summer Air Festival in Beijing, China, featuring pianist Lang Lang.[15]

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