List of compositions by John Williams
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|1954||You Are Welcome||N/A||Promotional film for the tourist information office of Newfoundland|
|1958||Daddy-O||Lou Place||Feature film debut|
Credited as Johnny Williams.
|2021||Indiana Jones 5||Steven Spielberg||Pre-production
29th collaboration with Steven Spielberg
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
- Checkmate (Nominated—Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media)
- General Electric Theater (the episodes "Ten Days in the Sun" and "Journal of Hope")
- Evening at Pops (theme, 1981-2005)
- 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|
|2017||Markings for solo violin, strings, and harp||2017-07-16||Andris Nelsons/Boston Symphony – Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin – Tanglewood||Composed for Anne-Sophie Mutter|
|2018||Highwood’s Ghost, An Encounter for Cello, Harp and Orchestra||2018-08-19||Andris Nelsons/Boston Symphony – Yo-Yo Ma, cello – Jessica Zhou, Harp – Tanglewood||Composed for Yo-Yo Ma and Jessica Zhou|
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). Tribute to conductor Seiji Ozawa, premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra on April 23, 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
- Theme and ambient music for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge attractions (2018/2019)
- ""You Are Welcome" – John Williams film score from 1954".
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