Legendary Film Composer John Williams May Retire After ‘Indiana Jones 5’
MANILA, Philippines — Film composer John Williams, famous for creating iconic themes for movies like ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Harry Potter,’ and ‘Superman,’ plans to retire from music after completing work on a fifth Indiana Jones movie.
John, 90, told The Associated Press that ‘Indiana Jones 5’ could be his last movie after hearing actor Harrison Ford could hang up his acting chops when it came out.
“Right now I’m working on ‘Indiana Jones 5,’ which Harrison Ford – who’s a bit younger than me – has announced I think will be his last film,” John said. “So I thought: If Harrison can do it, then maybe I can, too.
John spoke about the many months it takes to score blockbuster films, something he’s done many times in his career, and considers such a long commitment.
However, he “categorically does not rule out any activity” in music as he wants to continue performing at concerts and making his own music.
“[Music] gave me the ability to breathe, the ability to live and to understand that there is more to bodily life,” John said. “Without being religious, which I am not particularly, there is a spiritual life, an artistic life, a domain that is above the banalities of everyday realities.”
He went on to explain how music elevates a person’s thought to the level of poetry and how people can also reflect on the necessity of music for humanity.
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“I always like to speculate that music is older than language, that we probably beat drums and blew reeds before we could talk. So it’s an essential part of our humanity,” John concluded. recognizing that music gave him life.
A decorated career
John is considered the most recognizable film composer of all time, having been nominated for 52 Oscars and winning five – all for original scores for ‘Star Wars’, ‘Jaws’, ‘Schindler’s List’ , “ET the Extra-Terrestrial” and “Fiddler on the Roof”.
His three most recent Oscar nominations came from the music of the “Star Wars” sequel trilogy, putting him seven times shy of Walt Disney’s record; John also returned to the “Star Wars” universe to be the orchestrator of the “Obi-Wan Kenobi” series.
He is a longtime collaborator of director Steven Spielberg who started in 1974’s “The Sugarland Express” and continued on other films like “Jurassic Park”, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, “Saving Private Ryan” and the next “The Fabelmans.”
Other film scores he has worked on include ‘Home Alone’, ‘JFK’, ‘Sabrina’, ‘The Patriot’ and ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’.
He has also won 25 Grammy Awards out of 72 nominations, received four honorary doctorates of music, was inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame, received a Kennedy Center Honor and received the Olympic Order from the International Olympic Committee. .
In 2021, John participated in his 19th concerto “Violin Concerto No. 2” with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.
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