Category: Miscellaneous

John Williams’ Compositional Techniques Blog

The John Willliams Compositional Techniques is the title of a new book that film composer Leandro Gardini expects to publish in the near future. Until the book is out, the author has decided to share some excerpts in the form…

Spanish Book on the Music of Star Wars

Star Wars. La Música is the title of a new book by pianist and composer Andrés Valverde, who first published a John Williams biography in Spanish in 2013. The new book takes an in-depth look at the creating process of…

Jazz Harmonica Legend Toots Thielemans Dies at 94

Toots Thielemans, one of the only musicians to have a successful career as a jazz harmonica player, died on Monday in Brussels. Thielemans performed in the original soundtrack recordings of John Williams’ Cinderella Liberty (1973) and the first Williams/Spielberg collaboration,…

‘Star Wars’ Recording Engineer Eric Tomlinson Dies

Recording engineer Eric Tomlinson, who collaborated with John Williams during the ’70s and early ’80s, passed away earlier this week at age 84. Tomlinson worked with Williams in the recording of the scores for Fiddler of the Roof, Star Wars,…

Williams Talks About His First Film Score

The renowned American composer who is completing the soundtrack to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, says the roots of his high profile musical career can be traced back to two years he spent in St. John’s in the early 1950s.…

R.I.P. JAMES HORNER (1953-2015)

James Horner, the consummate film composer known for his heart-tugging scores for Field of Dreams, Braveheart and Titanic, for which he won two Academy Awards, died Monday in a plane crash near Santa Barbara. He was 61. His death was…

Thomas Newman Replaces Williams on ‘Bridge of Spies’

PRESS RELEASE: BURBANK, Calif. (March 18, 2015) – Dreamworks Pictures’/Fox 2000 Pictures’ upcoming dramatic thriller directed by three-time Academy Award®-winning director Steven Spielberg (“Saving Private Ryan,” “Schindler’s List”) and starring two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks (“Forrest Gump,” “Philadelphia”), has…

Composer Ken Thorne Passes Away

English composer Ken Thorne, who wrote the scores for Superman II and Superman III using John Williams’ original material as well as his own compositions, died on July 9 at age 90. Thorne previously worked with Richard Lester on The…