Composer John Williams receives honorary knighthood

John Williams, the legendary composer behind Star Wars and Indiana Jones, received one of Queen Elizabeth II’s last honorary knighthoods.

Legendary composer John Williams will be one of the last people knighted by the late Queen Elizabeth II.

The Daily Mail reported that Williams, along with former Disney CEO Bob Iger, would be the last people to be named an honorary knight by the late Queen Elizabeth II before her death on September 8. In total, Queen Elizabeth II is said to have granted honorary knighthoods to 27 Americans. during his reign. This prestigious honor is given to foreign nationals who have made an incredible contribution to the UK. The New York native joins longtime director and collaborator Steven Spielberg, who was knighted by the late Queen in 2001. As neither Williams nor Spielberg are from the UK, they are not allowed to identify themselves as ” Sir”.

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Williams has a connection to the UK despite being originally from the United States. The composer recorded the scores of The Raiders of the Lost Ark and Star Wars: A new hope in London. Williams conducted the London Symphony Orchestra for the soundtrack of A new hope. However, his cinematic contributions go far beyond the two aforementioned films.

John Williams had a prolific career

Williams has composed scores for more than 75 films since 1960, spanning his career spanning more than 60 years. Some of his most recognized contributions include music for the star wars movies, the IndianaJones series and the first three Harry Potter movies. Spielberg has often recruited the 90-year-old composer for his films, including Jaws, Jurassic Park, ET and much more. Williams announced Indiana Jones 5 will probably be his last film score so he can concentrate more on composing concert music.

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In addition to his recent honorary knighthood, Williams’ list of accolades is quite long. With 52 Oscar nominations, including five, the composer became the second most Oscar-nominated individual after only Walt Disney. In 2016, the American Film Institute presented Williams with the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award. The Schindler’s list composer became the first to receive this honor outside of acting and directing. Additionally, Williams received a Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame induction and a Kennedy Center Honor.

With a long career filled with countless musical contributions, Williams’ honorary knighthood is arguably well deserved. Movie buffs needn’t look far to find a cinematic score composed by Williams, and his soundtracks will never be forgotten. In recent years, the composer has turned to the world of classical music, composing for Yo-Yo Ma and Anne-Sophie Mutter. Williams collaborated with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra to produce the best-selling orchestral album of 2020.

Source: The Daily Mail

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