Since the 90s, Williams’s reputation has been bolstered by collaborations with superstar soloists such as the cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Itzhak Perlman and more recently Anne-Sophie Mutter, who have all interpreted Williams’s work away from the movies. “I would love for us to delve deeper into the music he has written for violin, flute, cello,” says Mutter who premiered Williams’s Violin Concerto No 2. “He creates incredibly complex cadenzas for the solo violin. The whole musical structure is really on a higher level, as is everything he writes. We are not doing his genius justice by looking at one part of his oeuvre.”
Williams shows no signs of slowing down, and is now at work on the fifth Indiana Jones film. If the symphonic tradition he reintroduced to movies in the 70s has been ousted as the dominant mode in Hollywood film-scoring by Hans Zimmer’s synth-driven mood-pieces, his work has a deeper, longer-lasting legacy.