The American composer plans to retire after completing work on Indiana Jones 5 for producers George Lucas and Steven Spielberg as well as director James Mangold.
After more than six decades of Hollywood film music, John Williams puts the finishing touches to what could be his very last score for the cinema: “Right now I’m working on Indiana Jones 5, which Harrison Ford – who’s a bit younger than me – announced, I believe, would be his last film. So I considered, ‘If Harrison can do it, then maybe I can too’. I don’t want to be seen as a person who categorically eliminates all activity. I can’t play tennis, but I like to be able to believe that maybe one day I will.”
After more than six decades of thrilling audiences through the music of “Star Wars,” “Jaws” “Jurassic Park” and other classics, John Williams says his upcoming work on “Indiana Jones 5” may be his last film score.https://t.co/nz6AkRBERz
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John Williams believes that composing music has proven to be much more than a job as his career has evolved: “It gave me the ability to breathe, to live, and to understand that there was more to bodily life. Without being religious, which I am not particularly, there is a spiritual life, an artistic life, a reality that goes beyond the worldliness of everyday life. Music can elevate the mind to a poetic level. We can see how necessary it is for humanity. I like to think that music is older than language, that there were probably people tapping rhythmically or blowing hollow sticks before we even knew how to speak. It is an essential part of our humanity. She gave me my life.”
The Legacy of John Williams
At the origin of the revival of symphonic soundtracks, John Williams is happy to have achieved an impressive career in the world of cinema and music: “My personality is such that I look at what I’ve done – I’m quite happy and proud of a lot of things – but like most of us, we always want to do better. We live with examples like Beethoven and Bach before us, of the monumental achievements that people have made in music, and we can feel very humbled. But I also feel very lucky. I had wonderful opportunities, especially in the field of cinema, where a composer can have an audience not of millions of people, but of billions of people. I would like to be there in 100 years to see what people are doing with cinema, sound and spatial, sound and visual effects. The future is huge, I think. I sense a great possibility and a great future in the atmosphere of the overall experience. I would love to come back to see and hear it all.”