Piano Glittery

Gil Harel Gives Talk Thursday on the Music of John Williams

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Professor Gil Harel will give a talk about the music of John Williams on Thursday, Jan. 18, at Darien Library. — an announcement from Darien Library

Perhaps no composer in the canon of cinematic music has had a more prolific career than John Williams. Indeed, over the past seven decades, Williams’ music seems nearly ubiquitous in films spanning a veritable cornucopia of genres. What, can we surmise, is the secret to his success? Among his many gifts as a composer, John Williams is a master of the musical leitmotif – melodic cells that provide an aural reference to a character, place, object, or idea in a given story.