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The Music Quest: Answer 10

About This Daily Classroom Special
The Music Quest  focuses on discovering the wonders of our musical universe. Visit it for a musical question—a description and hints about a mystery composer, musician, instrument or musical excerpt.
The Music Quest was written  by former Teachers Network Web Mentor Kristi Thomas, a teacher at  William F. Halley Elementary School Fairfax Station, Virginia.

Answer 10

John Williams is one of the most celebrated musicians of our time. His talents as a conductor, composer, music director, and jazz pianist have won him an astounding number of awards. Few of us would not recognize one of his famous themes. If you have been to the latest "Star Wars" film, you have enjoyed his fantastic music. Williams has received thirty-four Academy Award nominations and has won five Oscars for his acclaimed movie soundtracks. He has composed music for more than seventy-five films, which include Superman, Schindler's List, all of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones films, Home Alone, Jurassic Park, and E.T. His music for television has earned him two Emmy awards. Sixteen Grammy awards highlight an impressive catalog of recordings. Williams was commissioned to compose the music for the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty, and for the 1984, 1988, and 1996 Summer Olympic Games.

In January of 1980, Williams was named as the nineteenth conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra. He assumed the title of Boston Pops Laureate Conductor following his retirement in December 1993. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California with his family, travels the world as a guest conductor, and continues his important work as composer who has earned a place in music history.

 

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