As far as cinematic composers go, few come close to John Williams in terms of the emotion he’s able to deliver. From his subtle, creeping background simmers through to his soaring operatic crescendos, Mr Williams has a knack for creating sounds and melodies that strike a powerful chord. His work on the original Star Wars trilogy, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Jaws, Indiana Jones and Superman ranks among the most memorable and moving music to ever grace the silver screen.
At 83 years of age, John Williams hasn’t lost any of his magic, as this video from 60 Minutes indicates.
Only the first couple of minutes of the video relate to Mr Williams directly, but what follows is also a fascinating insight into lessons JJ Abrams took from co-writer Lawrence Kasdan.
It’s no doubt through the input of classic talents such as Williams, Kasdan and the original cast that Star Wars – The Force Awakens felt so special.