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Composer John Williams: From Superman to Champion, and Everything in Between

John Williams is a living legend. Whether you are aware of it or not, you’ve probably heard his music. He is considered to be one of the greatest film composers of all time and has won numerous awards, including 63 GRAMMY Awards. His most popular film scores include those of the movies Jaws, Star Wars, Superman, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Home Alone, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, and Lincoln, to name a few. If you happened to miss all of those films, he also composed the music for NBC Sunday Night Football and NBC Nightly News and the original theme song for Gilligan’s Island. He has also written theme music for four Olympic games, including the instantly recognizable “Olympic Fanfare and Theme” from the 1984 Summer Olympics.

For the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Williams recruited the 360-voice Mormon Tabernacle Choir to distinguish the piece from his previous compositions. “Call of the Champions” is a soaring five-minute piece in which the Latin words “citius, altius, fortius,” meaning “faster, higher, stronger,” kick off an inspirational musical feat. Watch this one of a kind rendition:

Photo: Scott Winterton, Deseret News