If John Williams goes into retirement, bicycles won’t fly, sharks won’t come to the beach, and spaceships won’t fly gracefully through the stars. However, the 90-year-old composer is probably the movie figure who most deserves a break. His legacy spans composing for more than 100 films, spanning just over 50 years of music.
Now the American composer it states that indiana jones 5 it will probably be his last composition for the screen. Williams agreed to return to the rodeo with Steven Spielberg to fire the archaeologist character. In that sense, the fifth installment will be full of farewells because it seems that Harrison Ford will also withdraw from acting after completing said filming. Such a decision has inspired the musician to do the same.
“Right now I’m working on Indiana Jones 5, which I think Harrison Ford, who is a little younger than me, has announced will be his last movie,” Williams said. “So, I thought: If Harrison can do it, maybe I can too.”
The retirement of John Williams will occur solely in the work of composing special notes for cinema. Since the composer does not plan to leave aside other activities. On his radar is still the composition of concertos for one or two pieces, or entire orchestras. He also has a concert tour ahead of him in honor and celebration and his recent nonagenarian anniversary.
And it is that Williams points out that, for example, working on a starwars It is a work of almost six months. Something that “at this point in life is a long commitment for me.” However, the musician is not yet ready to confirm anything. “I don’t want to be seen categorically removing any activity. I can’t play tennis, but I like being able to believe that maybe one day I will.”
At the moment he is composing the music for a piano concerto in company with Emanuel Ax. Also last month she released the album A Gathering with Friends, along with Yo-Yo Ma and the New York Philharmonic, Pablo Sáinz-Villegas and Jessica Zhou. This is an elegant compilation of cello concertos and new arrangements for certain scores by Schindler’s List, Lincoln, Munich and other personal compositions outside the cinema.
Despite his radiant legacy, John Williams remains grounded. Like any other person he tries to reflect on what he could have done better, although for millions of people his work does not need correction. He confesses that he works slower than more modern colleagues, who have synthesizers and other electronic equipment at their disposal. The humility of his music comes from sitting in front of a piano “and doing the best he can with it.”
“My own personality is such that I look at what I’ve done, I’m quite pleased and proud of a lot of it, but like most of us, we always wish we had done better,” he commented. “We live with examples like Beethoven and Bach before us, monumental achievements that people have made in music, and we can feel very honored. But I also feel very lucky. I’ve had wonderful opportunities, particularly in film where a composer can have an audience of not millions of people, but billions of people.”
Williams’ most fruitful relationship has been with director Steven Spielberg, with whom she hopes to finalize her 50th team-up this year. The Fabelmans is the next film by the filmmaker. An autobiographical drama that will recount the details of his childhood and the best years of his formation, very much along the lines initiated by Rome and perpetrated by Belfast.
Along with the director, the musician has discovered that film music sometimes does not need to be so elaborate. To test your definition of suspense in the Shark of 1975. Where a couple of measures are repeated incessantly in crescendo to generate a sense of panic that continues nearly five decades later.
“Simple little subjects that speak clearly and without confusion are very difficult to find and to do,” says Williams. “They really are the result of a lot of work. It’s almost like chiseling. Move a note, change a rhythmic emphasis or the direction of an interval, etc. A simple melody can be made in dozens of ways. If you find one, it seems as if you discovered something that wanted to be discovered.
On her relationship with Steven Spielberg, which was opened with The Sugarland Expressin 1974, the composer remarks that they have already built a relationship of almost fifty years. And that he no doubt hopes to continue on the same path for another fifty:
“Whatever our connections are, whether it’s in music or working with him or just being with him, I think we’ll always be together. We are great close friends who have shared many years together. It’s the kind of relationship where neither of us would say no to the other.”
The final notes in the career of John Williams will sound with Indiana Jones 5 in 2023. However, before the end of this year we will know what the composer has arranged for Spielberg’s The Fabelmans.
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