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Star Wars Suite

John Williams/arr. Donald Hunsberger

 

Star Wars Suite is a collection of music from the first trilogy of Star Wars movies: “Star Wars” (1977), “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980), and “Return of the Jedi” (1983). Coming December 18: Episode VII “The Force Awakens.”

John Williams (b.1932) is a pre-eminent composer, conductor, and pianist. He is a graduate of UCLA and Juilliard. His most familiar style may be described as a form of neoromanticism, inspired by large-scale orchestral music &emdash; in the style of Tchaikovsky or Richard Wagner's compositions and their concept of leitmotif. (Leitmotif is a recurrent theme throughout a musical or literary com- position that is associated with a particular person, idea, or situation.)

Williams has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores of all time, including Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Indiana Jones, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman, Home Alone, Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan and Harry Potter. He has also composed theme music for the Olympic Games, NBC Sunday Night Football, NBC Nightly News, television series and numerous classical concerti and other works for orchestral ensembles and solo instruments. He was principal conductor of the Boston Pops from 1980-93. He has won 22 Grammy Awards, five Academy Awards, four Golden Globes and three Emmys.

Last updated on November 16, 2015 by Palatine Concert Band