John Williams is one of Hollywood's most legendary composers and he's created dozens of the most memorable movie scores in history including Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Arc, Harry Potter, Superman, and Home Alone. But he's best known for creating the iconic music of the Star Wars saga (Episodes I-VII) and he's surprisingly never seen any of them.
Williams recently told The Daily Mirror:
It’s probably the most popular music that I’ve done. I let it go. I have not looked at the Star Wars films and that’s absolutely true. When I’m finished with a film, I’ve been living with it, we’ve been dubbing it, recording to it, and so on. You walk out of the studio and “Ah, it’s finished"
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Williams went on to say that composing music for films is "labor-intensive" and the all-consuming nature of his job is part of the reason he doesn't see the films on which he's worked.
Now I don’t have an impulse to go to the theater and look at it. Maybe some people find that weird, or listen to recordings of my music very, very rarely. I’m not particularly proud of that, I have to say, but it’s also part of the fact that I finished Star Wars now and I’m already working on Spielberg’s new film and I don’t want to listen to music or see films .
It’s hard work, it’s lonely work, it’s labor-intensive. I still use a pencil and paper. I don’t have a computer.
From his comments it sounds like Williams has already finished scoring Star Wars: Episode VIII and the Spielberg film to which he's referring could possibly be the new Indiana Jones movie that was announced back in March.
Williams also said he felt much of his music was "not very memorable," but millions of movie lovers would disagree.
A galaxy far, far away wouldn't be the same without his score. (Listen to Princess Leia's Theme from the original 1977 film in the video below.)
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Source: Daily Mirror