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.


Year Title Director Notes
1954 You Are Welcome[1][2]  ? Promotional film for the tourist information office of Newfoundland
1958 Daddy-O Lou Place John Williams' feature film debut


Year Title Director Notes
1960 I Passed for White Fred M. Wilcox
Because They're Young Paul Wendkos
1961 The Secret Ways Phil Karlson
Richard Widmark
1962 Bachelor Flat Frank Tashlin
Budd Grossman
1963 Diamond Head Guy Green
Gidget Goes to Rome Paul Wendkos
1964 The Killers Don Siegel
1965 None but the Brave Frank Sinatra
John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! J. Lee Thompson
1966 The Rare Breed Andrew V. McLaglen
How to Steal a Million William Wyler
The Plainsman David Lowell Rich
Not with My Wife, You Don't! Norman Panama
Penelope Arthur Hiller
1967 A Guide for the Married Man Gene Kelly
Valley of the Dolls Mark Robson Oscar nomination (songs written by André and Dory Previn)
Fitzwilly Delbert Mann
Heidi TV movie
1968 Land of the Giants Harry Harris
1969 Daddy's Gone A-Hunting Mark Robson
Goodbye, Mr. Chips Herbert Ross Oscar nomination
The Reivers Mark Rydell


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


Year Title Director Notes
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
Heartbeeps Allan Arkush N/A
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 N/A
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
1986 SpaceCamp Harry Winer N/A
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
Always Steven Spielberg N/A


Year Title Director Notes
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
1996 Sleepers Barry Levinson
1997 Rosewood John Singleton N/A
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
Stepmom Chris Columbus N/A
1999 Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace George Lucas Grammy nomination
Angela's Ashes Alan Parker Grammy winner, Golden Globe and Oscar nominations


Year Title Director Notes
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,Sorcerer's Stone in U.S.A.
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
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 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


Year Title Director Notes
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 Episode VII: The Force Awakens J.J. Abrams First J.J. Abrams theatrical film without his long-time composer Michael Giacchino.
2016 The BFG Steven Spielberg N/A

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]


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 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[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). 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.
  • "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), commissioned 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" was 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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  3. ^ John Eggerton,"Are You Ready For Some Gridiron Violins?" in Broadcasting & Cable, August 30, 2006.
  4. ^ Rina Fox; et al. "The Tammy Grimes Show". Classic TV Archive. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  5. ^ David Blumberg (2011). "Clarinet Concerto recording". Retrieved 2011-09-05. 
  6. ^ "Sinfonietta for Wind Ensemble". The John Williams Web Pages. Retrieved 2011-10-21. 
  7. ^ "Fanfare for a Festive Occasion". The John Williams Web Pages. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  8. ^ "John Williams Fan Network – Jwfan". Retrieved 2011-09-19. 
  9. ^ "John Williams, Boston Pops Perform ‘Fanfare for Fenway’ in Tribute to Park’s 100th Anniversary". Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  10. ^ "John Williams’ Guitar Piece ‘Rounds’ Online". 2012-07-18. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  11. ^ "New Williams Fanfare to Premiere Next Week". 2013-05-16. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  12. ^ "‘Conversations’: New Concert Work for Piano Solo" (UPDATED),, 2013-05-31, retrieved 2013-06-18 
  13. ^ John Williams’ ‘Conversations’ for Piano Solo to be Released February 10,, 2014-06-29, retrieved 2014-07-03 
  14. ^ "National Brass Ensemble in Concert". Retrieved July 3, 2014. 
  15. ^ "'John Williams’ ‘Scherzo for Piano and Orchestra’ World Premiere (Video)". 2014-07-03. Retrieved July 3, 2014.