My latest UK Fan Experience blog lands over at Jedinet.com as I look at the iconic score by John Williams and how its massive success matched the might of the movie itself.
It’s impossible to imagine the Star Wars saga without the music of John Williams. Before he ever picked up a pen to write a note for the 1977 original he already had eleven Academy Award nominations and two Oscars on his mantle, for Fiddler on the Roof in 1971 and Jaws in 1975. Of the three wise men who were the cornerstones of Star Wars (Lucas, McQuarrie and Williams) his star arguably shone the brightest. While the world of sci-fi might have not seemed a natural fit for Williams, he had dabbled in the worlds of the fantastic with television scores for 60’s shows Lost In Space. The Time Tunnel and Land of the Giants. Segueing into major movie scores he quickly became one of the go-to guys for orchestral scores alongside such greats as Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein and Ennio Morricone. With Steven Spielberg a very vocal advocate for Williams, Lucas chose him to be the man to bring the orchestral soundscapes of Star Wars to life.