List of compositions by John Williams
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The following list consists of select films for which John Williams composed the score and/or songs.
|1954||You Are Welcome||?||Promotional film for the tourist information office of Newfoundland|
|1958||Daddy-O||Lou Place||John Williams' feature film debut|
|1980||The Empire Strikes Back||Irvin Kershner||Golden Globe and Oscar nominations, BAFTA winner, 5 Grammy nominations including 2 wins|
|1981||Raiders of the Lost Ark||Steven Spielberg||Grammy winner, Oscar nomination|
|1982||E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial||Steven Spielberg||Golden Globe, Oscar, and BAFTA winner, 5 Grammy nominations including 3 wins|
|Yes, Giorgio||Franklin J. Schaffner||Music composed by Michael J. Lewis; song only – "If We Were In Love" Oscar and Golden Globe nomination|
|Monsignor||Frank Perry||Razzie Award nomination|
|1983||Return of the Jedi||Richard Marquand||Grammy and Oscar nominations|
|1984||Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom||Steven Spielberg||Oscar nomination|
|The River||Mark Rydell||Golden Globe and Oscar nominations|
|1987||The Witches of Eastwick||George Miller||Grammy and Oscar nominations|
|Empire of the Sun||Steven Spielberg||Grammy, Golden Globe, and Oscar nominations, BAFTA winner|
|Superman IV: The Quest for Peace||Sidney J. Furie||Adapted and conducted by Alexander Courage, Three new themes|
|1988||The Accidental Tourist||Lawrence Kasdan||Golden Globe and Oscar nominations|
|1989||Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade||Steven Spielberg||Grammy and Oscar nominations|
|Born on the Fourth of July||Oliver Stone||Grammy, Golden Globe, and Oscar nominations|
|1990||Stanley & Iris||Martin Ritt||N/A|
|Presumed Innocent||Alan J. Pakula||N/A|
|Home Alone||Chris Columbus||Grammy and double Oscar nominations|
|1991||Hook||Steven Spielberg||Oscar and double Grammy nominations|
|JFK||Oliver Stone||Oscar nominations|
|1992||Far and Away||Ron Howard||N/A|
|Home Alone 2: Lost in New York||Chris Columbus||N/A|
|1993||Jurassic Park||Steven Spielberg||Grammy nomination|
|Schindler's List||Golden Globe, Oscar, Grammy, and BAFTA winner|
|1995||Sabrina||Sydney Pollack||Grammy, Golden Globe, and double Oscar nominations|
|Nixon||Oliver Stone||Oscar nomination|
|The Lost World: Jurassic Park||Steven Spielberg||Grammy nomination|
|Seven Years in Tibet||Jean-Jacques Annaud||Grammy and Golden Globe nominations|
|Amistad||Steven Spielberg||Grammy and Oscar nominations|
|1998||Saving Private Ryan||Golden Globe, Grammy, and Oscar nominations|
|1999||Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace||George Lucas||Grammy nomination|
|Angela's Ashes||Alan Parker||Grammy winner, Golden Globe and Oscar nominations|
|2000||The Patriot||Roland Emmerich||Oscar nomination|
|2001||A.I.: Artificial Intelligence||Steven Spielberg||Golden Globe, Grammy, and Oscar nominations|
|Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone||Chris Columbus||Oscar nomination and double Grammy nominations|
|2002||Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones||George Lucas||N/A|
|Minority Report||Steven Spielberg||N/A|
|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets||Chris Columbus||Grammy nomination/Adapted and conducted by William Ross/Score Produced by Jules Bass|
|Catch Me If You Can||Steven Spielberg||Grammy and Oscar nominations|
|2004||Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban||Alfonso Cuarón|
|The Terminal||Steven Spielberg||N/A|
|2005||Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith||George Lucas||Double Grammy nominations|
|War of the Worlds||Steven Spielberg||Grammy nomination|
|Memoirs of a Geisha||Rob Marshall||Oscar nomination, Golden Globe and BAFTA winner, double Grammy nominations including one win. First time approaching filmmakers to do the score.|
|Munich||Steven Spielberg||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||Grammy winner for Best Instrumental Composition ("The Adventures of Mutt"); Grammy nomination for Best Score Soundtrack Album For A Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media|
|2011||The Adventures of Tintin||Steven Spielberg||Grammy and Oscar nominations, Annie Award winner. Williams's first score for an animated film.|
|War Horse||Oscar, Golden Globe, and BAFTA nominations|
|2012||Lincoln||Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Grammy nominations|
|2013||The Book Thief||Brian Percival||Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations. Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition.|
|2015||Star Wars: The Force Awakens||J.J. Abrams||Grammy winner, Oscar and BAFTA nominations. First J.J. Abrams theatrical film without his long-time composer Michael Giacchino.|
|2016||The BFG||Steven Spielberg||N/A|
|2017||Dear Basketball||Glen Keane||Short film|
|Star Wars: The Last Jedi||Rian Johnson||Oscar nomination|
|The Post||Steven Spielberg||Golden Globe nomination|
|2018||Solo: A Star Wars Story||Ron Howard||"The Adventures of Han" composed by Williams. Score composed and adapted by John Powell|
|2019||Star Wars: Episode IX||J.J. Abrams||Williams announced that he will retire from composing music for the Star Wars franchise following this film |
|2021||Indiana Jones 5||Steven Spielberg||N/A|
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
- For NBC (United States):
- Alcoa Premiere
- Amazing Stories
- Bachelor Father
- Ben Casey (the episode "A Little Fun to Match the Sorrow")
- Breaking Point (the episode "Better Than a Dead Lion")
- Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre
- General Electric Theater (the episodes "Ten Days in the Sun" and "Journal of Hope")
- Gilligan's Island
- Great Performances (theme)
- Kraft Mystery Theatre
- Kraft Suspense Theatre
- Land of the Giants (the episode, "The Crash")
- Lost in Space (the episodes "No Place to Hide", "My Friend, Mr. Nobody", The Hungry Sea", "Island in the Sky" and "The Reluctant Stowaway")
- M Squad
- Markham (the episode "Woman of Arles")
- Playhouse 90 (the episode "The Right Hand Man")
- Tales of Wells Fargo
- The Eleventh Hour (the episode "The Bronze Locust")
- The Tammy Grimes Show (the episode "How to Steal a Girl Even If It's Only Me")
- The Time Tunnel (the episode "Rendezvous with Yesterday")
- Wagon Train
- Wide Country (theme)
|Composition Year||Title||Premiere Date||Premiere Performers||Notes|
|1969||Concerto for Flute and Orchestra||1981||Leonard Slatkin/Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra – Peter Lloyd, Flute – 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 Barbara Ruick, first wife of the composer. Begun in 1974, shortly after Ruick's death, and completed 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|
|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
- "Prelude and Fugue for Orchestra" (1965). Premiered by the Los Angeles Neophonic Orchestra conducted by Stan Kenton. The original Kenton version is on the album Stan Kenton Conducts the Los Angeles Neophonic Orchestra. Another recording is available for download in MP3 at the United States Marine Band website.
- "Essay for Strings" (1965)
- "Symphony No. 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), commissioned and first recorded in 1970 by Eastman Wind Ensemble under Donald Hunsberger.
- "A Nostalgic Jazz Odyssey" (1971)
- 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.
- "Pops on the March" (1981). Composed as a tribute to Arthur Fiedler
- "America, the Dream Goes On" (1982)
- "Esplanade Overture" (1983)
- Liberty Fanfare (1986), premiered on July 4, 1986 by the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. Piece composed for the Liberty Weekend Centennial of the Statue of Liberty
- "Celebration Fanfare" (1986). Composed for the sesquicentennial of the Texas Declaration of Independence
- "A Hymn to New England" (1987)
- "We're Looking Good!" (1987). Composed for the 1987 Special Olympics World Games
- "Fanfare for Michael Dukakis" (1988). Composed for Michael Dukakis' presidential campaign and premiered at the 1988 Democratic National Convention
- "Fanfare for Ten-Year-Olds" (1988)
- "For New York" (Variations on theme by Leonard Bernstein) (1988). Composed for Leonard Bernstein's 70th birthday celebrations
- "Winter Games Fanfare" (1989)
- "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)
- "Satellite Celebration" (1995)
- "Seven for Luck" (1998)
- "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
- "for Seiji!" (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
- "A Young Person's Guide to the Cello" for solo cello (2011)
- "Fanfare for Fenway" (2012), Premiered April 2012 as part of the Boston Red Sox's commemoration of their 100th anniversary in Fenway Park.
- "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.
- "Fanfare for 'The President's Own'" (2013), Premiered May 2013 for the United States Marine Band's 215th anniversary.
- "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. A recording of "Conversations" was released on February 10, 2015 as part of Gloria Cheng's solo album 'Montage'.
- "Music for Brass" for Brass Ensemble and Percussion (2014), premiered on June 12 by the National Brass Ensemble.
- "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.
- "A Toast!" (2014), celebrating the arrival of Andris Nelsons as new Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
- "Just Down West Street…on the left" (2015), Tanglewood Music Center 75th Anniversary commission.
- "Markings" (2017) for solo violin, strings, and harp
- "Highwood's Ghost" (2018) for cello, harp, and orchestra, in celebration of the centennial anniversary of Leonard Bernstein's birth
- Music for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge theme park
- ""You Are Welcome" – John Williams film score from 1954".
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