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ERIC Number: EJ755962
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan-12
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Conversations with John Williams
Sullivan, Jack
Chronicle of Higher Education, v53 n19 pB12 Jan 2007
In this article, the author shares the views of John Williams, Hollywood's premier composer, who has written more than 300 scores, about the future of classical and film music. A gregarious person in a field requiring monklike isolation, Williams values the "association with the soloists, and the wonderful inspiration from players." His predecessors Erich Korngold and Bernard Herrmann argued that film music helped keep classical music alive, and he is convinced this phenomenon is true more now than ever before. The stakes are high, for film is uniquely situated to disseminate symphonic culture at the moment many commentators worry about that culture's impending collapse. In Williams's view, our multinational age presents an opportunity for classical music to reposition itself and for young composers to find an audience.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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