Concert Works

2013

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Conversations
Four-movement piece for Piano Solo
The first two movements premiered at Tanglewood  (August 10, 2012) and the Mendocino Music Festival in California (July 22, 2013). Third and Fourth movements premiered in November on the Piano Spheres series in Los Angeles on November 12, 2013 (Gloria Cheng, Piano)
Unreleased
Program notes, interview and reviews

Fanfare ‘For the President’s Own’
Composed for the 215th anniversary of the United States Marine Band
Premiered on May 26, 2013 at the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Fairfax County, Virginia (Michael J. Colburn/United States Marine Band)
Recorded on July 3, 2013 in the John Philip Sousa Band Hall at the Marine Barracks Annex in southeast Washington, D.C. (John Williams/United States Marine Band)
Unreleased
News

2012
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Rounds
Composed for Spanish guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas
Premiered on June 2, 2012 at the Parkening International Guitar Competition in Malibu (Pablo Sáinz Villegas)
Unreleased
Video

Fanfare for Fenway
3-minute piece composed in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park
Premiered on April 20, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston (John Williams/Boston Pops)
Recorded o March 24, 2012 at the Boston Symphony Hall (John Williams/Members of the Boston Pops)
Unreleased
John Williams interview
BSO Bass Trombonist Talks ‘Fenway Fanfare’
Videos

2011
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Quartet La Jolla
Chamber piece for violin, cello, clarinet and harp
Commissioned for the 25th anniversary of the La Jolla chamber music festival SummerFest
Premiered on August 20, 2011 at the Sherwood Auditorium
Unreleased
Interview
Review (premiere)
Video and Program Notes (Quartet La Jolla starts at 22:32)

A Young Person’s Guide To The Cello
Short ‘comical’ cello piece composed for Lynn Harrell
Unreleased
Video #1
Video #2

Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra
Composed for Keisuke Wakao
Premiered on May 25, 2011 in Boston (John Williams/Boston Pops – Keisuke Wakao, Oboe)
Available as a Digital Release (2013)
(John Williams/Boston Pops)

Review (premiere)
World Broadcast Premiere

2009
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On Willows and Birches (Concerto for Harp and Orchestra)
Composed for Ann Hobson Pilot
Premiered on September 23, 2009 in Boston (John Williams/Boston Symphony)
Available as a Digital Release (2011)
(John Williams/Boston Symphony)

Details
Reviews (premiere)
Video

Concerto for Viola and Orchestra
Composed for Cathy Basrak
Premiered o­n May 26, 2009 in Boston (John Williams/Boston Symphony)
Unreleased
Reviews (premiere)

Air and Simple Gifts
Composed for Barack Obama’s Inaugural Ceremony
Premiered o­n January 20, 2009 in Washington, DC
Available on The Music of America: John Williams (2010)
Video, Audio & Reviews

2007
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Duo Concertante for Violin and Viola
Composed for Michael Zaretsky
Premiered o­n August 17, 2007 in Tanglewood (John Williams/Boston Pops – Victor Romanul, Violin – Michael Zaretsky, Viola)
Available on Duos for Violin and Viola (2008)
(Victor Romanul / Michael Zaretsky)

Review (premiere)

2003
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Concerto for Horn and Orchestra
Composed for the Chicago Symphony’s principal horn Dale Clevenger
Premiered o­n November 29, 2003 in Chicago (John Williams/Chicago Symphony – Dale Clevenger, Horn)
Available as a Digital Release (2010)
(Leonard Slatkin/Detroit Symphony)
Review (premiere)

Soundings
Composed for the Walt Disney Concert Hall
Premiered on October 25, 2003 in Los Angeles (John Williams/Los Angeles Philhamonic)
Unreleased
Program Notes and Spielberg Introduction

‘Silent Film’ Piano Duet
Composed to accompany silent film footage during the “Soundtracks: Music and Film” festival in 2003
Premiered on January 23, 2003 in Washington, DC (John Williams, Piano/Leonard Slatkin, Piano)
Unreleased
News report
Video

2002
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Call of the Champions
Composed in late 2001 for the Salt Lake City winter Olympic Games of 2002
Premiered on February 8, 2002 (Williams’ 70th birhday) during the opening ceremony (John Williams/Utah Symphony and Mormon Tabernacle Choir)
Available o­n American Journey (2002)
(John Williams/Utah Symphony – Craig Jessop/The Mormon Tabernacle Choir)
Album Review

Elegy for Cello and Orchestra
Re-arrangement of the ‘Elegy for Cello and Piano’ (1997)
Premiered o­n February 24, 2002 in Los Angeles (John Williams/Los Angeles Philharmonic – Yo-Yo Ma, Cello)
Available o­n Yo-Yo Ma Plays the Music of John Williams (2002)
(John Williams/Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles – Yo-Yo Ma, Cello)

Heartwood: Lyric Sketches for Cello and Orchestra
Composed in 2001 for Yo-Yo Ma
Premiered o­n August 4, 2002 in Boston (John Williams/Boston Symphony – Yo-Yo Ma, Cello)
Available o­n Yo-Yo Ma Plays the Music of John Williams (2002)
(John Williams/Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles – Yo-Yo Ma, Cello)

2000
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Three Pieces for Solo Cello
Composed in 2000 for Yo-yo Ma
Premiered on August 4, 2002 in Tanglewood (John Williams/Boston Symphony). Earlier the same year (February 24), Ma also performed an excerpt from the piece
Available o­n Yo-Yo Ma Plays the Music of John Williams (2002)
(John Williams/Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles – Yo-Yo Ma, Cello)

TreeSong for Violin and Orchestra
Composed in 2000 for Gil Shaham
Premiered o­n July 8, 2000 (John Williams/Boston Symphony – Gil Shaham, Violin)
Available on Treesong (2001) – Also includes ‘Violin Concerto’
(John Williams/Boston Symphony – Gil Shaham on Violin)
Album Review

1999
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American Journey (A.k.a. The Unfinished Journey – Celebration 2000)
Originally composed as the score for the Steven Spielberg short documentary The Unfinished Journey. Subsequently adapted as a concert work in 6 movements: ‘Immigration and Building’, ‘The Country at War’, ‘Popular Entertainment’, ‘Sports and Celebrities’, ‘Civil Rights and The Woman’s Movement’ and ‘Technology and Flight’
Premiered o­n December 31, 1999
Available o­n American Journey (2002)
(John Williams/Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles)

Album Review

For Seiji!
Composed in 1999, as a gift o­n Seiji Osawa’s 25th year with the Boston Symphony
Premiered o­n April 22, 1999 in Boston (Seiji Osawa/Boston Symphony)
Unreleased

1998
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Seven for Luck
Composed in 1997 for soprano Kathleen Battle, based o­n poems by Rita Dove
Premiered in July 25th 1998 (full piece), and May 22, 1998 (three selections) (John Williams/Boston Symphony – Cinthya Haymon, Soprano)
Unreleased

1997
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Elegy for Cello and Piano
Composed in 1997 for a memorial service in Los Angeles. Based on a secondary theme from Seven Years in Tibet
Premiered by John Williams, piano and John Waltz, cello. Later arranged for Cello and Orchestra
Available o­n Yo-Yo Ma Plays the Music of John Williams (2002) (Re-arrangement. Original arrangement unreleased)
(John Williams/Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles – Yo-Yo Ma, Cello)

1996
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Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra
Composed in 1996 for Michael Sachs, first trumpet of the Cleveland Orchestra
Premiered in October 1996 (Christoph von Dohnányi/Cleveland Orchestra – Michael Sachs on Trumpet)
Available on John Williams Trumpet Concerto featuring Arturo Sandoval recording (2002) – Also includes ‘Essay for Strings’
(Ronald Feldman/London Symphony)

Summon the Heroes
Composed in 1995 for the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, 1996. Dedicated to Tim Morrison, principal trumpeteer of the Boston Symphony
Premiered on July 19, 1996 during the opening ceremony in Atlanta (John Williams/Atlanta Symphony) – Previously performed for the press in early 1996 in London (John Williams/Pro Arte Orchestra)
Available o­n Summon the Heroes (1996) and American Journey (2002)
(John Williams/Boston Pops)
American Journey Album Review

1995
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Variations o­n Happy Birthday
Composed in 1995 to celebrate the birthdays of Yo-Yo-Ma, Itzhak Perlman and Seiji Osawa
Premiered on July 23, 1995 in Tanglewood (John Williams/Boston Symphony)
Available on A Tribute to John Williams: A 80th Birthday Celebration (2012)
(John Williams/Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles)

1994
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Satellite Celebration (original version) / Song for World Peace (reworked version, also revised in 2007)
Composed in 1994 for the 1995 New Year’s Day special broadcast, at the request of Seiji Osawa
Premiered on January 1, 1995 in Tokyo and other cities via satellite (Seiji Osawa/Saito Kinen – Isaac Stern, Violin and Yo-Yo Ma, Cello among others)
‘Song for World Peace’ available o­n American Journey (2002)
(John Williams/Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles)
Album Review

Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
Composed in 1994 for the opening of the Seiji Osawa Hall in Tanglewood
Premiered o­n July 7, 1994 in Tanglewood (John Williams/Boston Symphony – Yo-Yo Ma, Cello)
Available o­n Yo-Yo Ma Plays the Music of John Williams (2002)
(John Williams/Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles – Yo-Yo Ma, Cello)

1993
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Sound the Bells!
Composed o­n 1993 Memorial Day for brass and percussion, as a wedding gift to the Japanese princess Masako
Premiered on June 10, 1993 during Williams’ Japanese tour (John Williams/Boston Pops). Later premiered as a new arrangement for large orchestra
Available on the following releases:
American Journey (2002)
(John Williams/Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles)
Sound the Bells! – American Premières for Brass (2011) (Original Version for Brass and Percussion)
(Alasdair Neale/The Bay Brass)
American Journey Album Review

Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra (The Five Sacred Trees)
Composed in 1993 for the 150th celebration of the New York Philharmonic
Premiered in April 15, 1995 (Kurt Masur/New York Philharmonic – Judith LeClair, Basoon)
Available on John Williams: The Five Sacred Trees (1997)
(John Williams/London Symphony – Judith LeClair, Basoon)

1992
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Fanfare for Prince Philip (Aloft… To the Royal Masthead)
Composed in 1992 for the visit of Prince Philip to Boston, at the request of Boston Symphony patron Frances Fahnstock
Premiered o­n July 13 1992, by the Boston Pops under Williams.
Available on Sound the Bells! – American Premières for Brass (2011)
(Alasdair Neale/The Bay Brass)

1991
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Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra
Composed in 1991 for Michele Zukovsky, principal clarinet of the LA Philharmonic
Premiered o­n April 13, 1991 in Los Angeles (John Williams/Riverside County Philharmonic – Michele Zukovsky, Clarinet)
Available on John Williams: Clarinet Concerto (2010)
(Los Angeles Philharmonic – Michele Zukovsky on Clarinet)

1990
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Celebrate Discovery
Composed in 1990 for the 500th celebration of the arrival of Columbus to America
Premiered on July 4, 1990 in Tanglewood (John Williams/Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra)
Available o­n American Journey (2002)
(John Williams/Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles)
Album Review

1989
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Winter Games Fanfare
Composed in 1989 for the Alpine Ski Championship, Vail, Colorado
Available on John Williams: The Denver Brass
(Kenneth Singleton/Denver Brass)

1988
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Fanfare for Ten-Year-Olds
Composed in 1988 in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Young Charleston Theater Company
› Unreleased.

For New York (To Lenny!, To Lenny!) (Variations o­n Themes by Leonard Bernstein)
Composed in 1988 for Leonard Bernstein’s 70th birthday celebrations in Tanglewood
Premiered during the summer of 1988
Available o­n American Journey (2002)
(John Williams/Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles)
Album Review

Fanfare for Michael Dukakis
Composed at the request of Dukakis’ father-in-law, Harry Ellis Dickinson, associated music director for the Boston Pops
Premiered in July 21, 1988 during the Democratic National Convention in Atlanta (Harry Ellis Dikinson/Boston Pops)
Unreleased

Olympic Spirit (NBC Sports Theme)
Comissioned by NBC for the Seoul Olympic games broadcast in 1988
Available on the following releases:
The 1988 Summer Olympics Album (1988) – Original Recording
Summon the Heroes (1996)
(John Williams/Boston Pops)

1987
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“We’re Lookin’ Good!”
Composed in 1987 for the Special Olympics, with lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman
Premiered on May 5, 1987 in Boston (John Williams/Boston Pops – orchestra version) and July 31, 1987 in Notre Dame, Indiana (vocal version) with the 550 athlets singing.
Segment available on:
Quality Plus (1992)
(P.R. Evans/The Band of the Corps of Royal Engineers)
Arrangement for Drum and Bugle Corps available on:
Esprit (2006)
(“The Commandant’s Own” US Marine Drum & Bugle Corps)

A Hymn to New England
Composed in 1987 for the Omni Theatre, Boston
Premiered on May 5, 1987 in Boston (John Williams/Boston Pops)
Available o­n the following releases:
American Visions (1997)
(Keith Lockhart/Boston Pops)
American Journey (2002)
(John Williams/Utah Symphony)
American Journey Album Review

1986
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Celebration Fanfare
Composed in 1986 as part of Huston Symphony’s Fanfare Project for the 150th Anniversary of Texas’ Declaration of Independence
Premiered o­n Setember 6, 1986 (Sergiu Comissiona/Huston Symphony)
Unreleased

Liberty Fanfare
Composed for the Centennial of the Statue of Liberty in 1986.
Premiered o­n July 4, 1986 in New York (John Williams/Boston Pops)
Available o­n the following releases:
By Request… (1990)
(John Williams/Boston Pops)
America, the Dream Goes o­n (1997)
(Andrew Lane/Orlando Pops)

1985
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Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra
Composed in 1985 for the Centennial of the Boston Pops
Premiered on May 8, 1985 in Boston (John Williams/Boston Pops – Chester Schimtz, Tuba)
Available on the following releases:
20th Century Concerti (2002)
(David Snell/Foundation Philharmonic)
New Music from Bowling Green, Vol. 3 (2004)
(Emily Freeman Brown/Bowling Green Philharmonia)
Works for Bass Trombone (2005)
(As ‘Concerto for Brass Trombone’ (Reworked Version))
20th Century Tuba Concertos (2008)
(Oysten Baadsvik/Singapore Symphony Orchestra)

1984
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Olympic Fanfare and Theme
Composed for the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles
Premiered on July 28, 1984 during the opening ceremony (John Williams/Los Angeles Philharmonic)
Available on the following releases:
The Official Music of the 1984 Games /The Official Music of the XIII Olympiad (Vinyl o­nly) (Original Recording)
(John Williams/Los Angeles studio orchestra)
By Request… (1990)
(John Williams/Boston Pops)

Summon the Heroes (1996) – Includes Leo Arnaud’s ‘Bugler’s Dream’ Fanfare
(John Williams/Boston Pops)

1983
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America, The Dream Goes o­n
Composed in 1982, with lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, for solo vocal, chorus and orchestra
Premiered in 1983 in Boston (John Williams/Boston Pops)
Available o­n the following releases:
America, The Dream Goes On (1990)
(John Williams/Boston Pops)
John Williams, the Dream Goes o­n (1997)
(Andrew Lane/Orlando Pops)
American Classics (2001)
(John Williams/Boston Pops)

1982
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Esplanade Overture
Composed in 1982 – Reused as one of the main themes of the Monsignor score
Premiered on May 3, 1983 in Boston (John Williams/Boston Pops)
Unreleased

1981
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Pops o­n the March
Originally comissioned by Arthur Fiedler in 1978, but o­nly composed in 1981
Premiered on April 28, 1981 in Boston (John Williams/Boston Pops)
Available o­n I Love A Parade (1991)
(John Williams/Boston Pops)

1980
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Fanfare for a Festive Occasion
Composed in 1980 for the Boston Civic Orchestra
Premiered on November 14, 1980 (Max Hobart/Boston Civic)
Available on Sound the Bells! – American Premières for Brass (2011)
(Alasdair Neale/The Bay Brass)

Jubilee 350 Fanfare
Composed in 1980, in celebration of the City of Boston’s 350th aniversary. Subtitled “To the City of Boston”
Premiered on September 21, 1980 (John Williams/Boston Pops)
Available o­n American Journey (2002)
(John Williams/Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles)
Album Review

1976
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Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
Composed at the suggestion of the late Barbara Ruick, first wife of the composer, begun in 1974, shortly after Mrs Ruick death, and finished in 1976
Premiered on January 29, 1981 in Saint Louis (Leonard Slatkin/Saint Louis Symphony – Mark Peskanov, Violin)
Available on the following releases:
Violin Concerto/Flute Concerto (1992) – Also includes Concerto for Flute and Orchestra
(Leonard Slatkin/London Symphony)
Treesong (2001) – Also includes ‘Violin Concerto’
(John Williams/Boston Symphony – Gil Shaham on Violin)
Digital Release (2011)
(Leonard Slatkin/Detroit Symphony)

Treesong Album Review

1971
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A Nostalgic Jazz Odyssey
Composed in 1971 for the Eastman Wind Ensemble
Premiered in 1971 in Eastman, Georgia (Donald Hunsberger/Eastman Wind Ensemble)
Available on The Eastman Wind Ensemble/Donald Hunsberger (Vinyl) [Unconfirmed ]

1969
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Concerto for Flute and Orchestra
Composed in 1969, remained unperformed until 1981
Premiered in 1981 in Saint Louis (Leonard Slatkin/Saint Louis Symphony)
Available on Violin Concerto/Flute Concerto (1992) – Also includes Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
(Leonard Slatkin/London Symphony)

1968
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Sinfonietta for Wind Ensemble
Composed in 1968 for the Eastman Wind Ensemble
Premiered in ? (Donald Hunsberger/Eastman Wind Ensemble)
Original LP o­n Deutsche Grammophon, reissued in Japan in 2006 (Amazon.comTower Records)
(Donald Hunsberger/Eastman Wind Ensemble)

Symphony n. 1
Composed in 1966
Premiered in October 21, 1968 (André Previn/Huston Symphony)
Unreleased

1965
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Essay for Strings
Composed in 1965
Premiered on December 6, 1965 (André Previn/Huston Symphony)
Available on John Williams Trumpet Concerto featuring Arturo Sandoval recording (2002) – Also includes ‘Trumpet Concerto’
(Ronald Feldman/London Symphony)

Prelude and Fugue
Composed in 1965
Premiered on March 29, 1965 (Stan Kenton/L.A. Neophonic Orchestra)
Available o­n the following releases:
Stan Kenton Conducts The L.A. Neophonic Orchestra (1998)
(Stan Kenton/L.A. Neophonic)
Family Album (2006)
(Michael J. Colburn/U.S. Marine Band)

1960
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Wind Quintet
Composed around the same time of the Piano Sonata, but left uncompleted and never performed
Unreleased

1951
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Piano Sonata
Composed in 1951, never performed
Unreleased