Composer of the Week

Donald Macleod meets the legendary film composer

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BBC Radio 3
Friday, October 4, 2013 - 12:00

John WilliamsDonald Macleod meets John Williams, one of the most famous and successful composers of the 20th century. Over the course of five episodes this week, Macleod meets the American film composer to discuss his groundbreaking work.

In the first programme, Williams remembers the lunch meeting with Steven Spielberg in 1972 that brought about one of cinema’s greatest collaborations – a relationship which continues to this day. In the second episode Williams talks about the most famous film score in history (according to the American Film Institute), Star Wars – a score which has just been voted the UK's favourite film soundtrack – and why he chose the Romantic style of Tchaikovsky and Korngold to accompany the futuristic tale of aliens and space.

The middle feature covers some more of Williams’s renowned scores, including his music to Schindler’s List and Indiana Jones – Williams also gives a rare insight into his work with both Alfred Hitchcock and Steven Spielberg, and how the two directorial giants compare. In the final two programmes we hear about Williams’s work this century and his conducting, right up to the modern day.

For more information visit the Radio 3 website.