Sunday Morning Opera: Honoring John Williams

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Screen Shot 2016-06-11 at 12.40.05 AMOkay, so it’s not exactly opera, but let’s face the fact that John Williams is the greatest composer this nation has produced.  Perhaps I’m a little biased, but I think, one day, his name will be up there with the gods of music:  Mozart, Beethoven, Verdi, Wagner, Williams, and so forth and so on.  He was finally honored by the American Film Institute with a lifetime achievement award, and, it’s about time. I think, what we don’t understand today, is that people like Mozart and Verdi literally wrote poplar music.  Their music was for everyone, the way Williams’ music is for anyone who hears a single note and knows they are being transported to a galaxy far far away.

Or, just a few notes of his has defined an entire species.  He has defined space exploration.  He defines the Wild West, and the moments of our lives.  To think how fortunate we are, living in the time of one of the great composers in music history.  I could wax poetic about his music.  I did get to see him conduct, one time – his own music.  The performance was narrated by Carl Sagan.

My favorite:

And, yes, he wrote this:

He composed for Izaak Perlman:

For the romantic:

Romance:

You almost want to laugh:

Hymn to the Fallen:

Iconic:

I love watching him conduct:

No list would be complete without this:

He so rarely writes vocal:

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