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March 25, 2017

Even though John Williams is mostly known for his big epic orchestral writings, he has also proven to be a fine writer of choral music.

In several of his scores he uses vowels and vocal effects to support the orchestra. These have become common usage for film music composers of many generations.

However, John has also been using the choir as the main element of his music in many situations and he sometimes uses the relative rang...

February 25, 2017

The six first articles of The John Williams Compositional Techniques have been a great success.

We wish to thank everyone that got involved with them, hoping that they added value to your knowledge.

From now on we are moving to the next step of the project which means that the articles will continue to come, but less frequently.

Working on such as project requires a lot of responsibility and preparation and, since we are talking...

February 18, 2017

Becoming a virtuoso composer requires the same amount of practice as becoming a virtuoso instrument player.

Composing such music seems to be second nature for John. He has been composing virtuoso music for many movies with such a fluency which is mind-boggling.

In the Hook - The Arrival of Tink and the Flight to Neverland there are many interesting textures to be studied.

Today we are going to study a short passage written in tem...

February 11, 2017

Williams has composed many memorable themes for movies but the interesting thing is that he possesses one characteristic that is not very common among “tonal” composers - He tends to modulate on the themes.

This beautiful resource usually brings to the theme a certain felling of freedom and variation that goes beyond the boundaries of the long exposure to the same tonal center.

The criteria for a good modulation are: when, ...

February 4, 2017

One of the main aspects that defines the personal style of a composer is his harmonic language. In history, many composers have used certain kinds of harmonies and, in many cases, even sequences of chords.

Repeated harmonic sequence is particularly evident among film composers. Due to the very limited amount of time they have to write a huge amount of music, composers in film music often use harmonic cliches as a tool.

Even thou...

January 27, 2017

I believe Jurassic Park to be one of the finest writings John has ever made.

The action cues of this movie are one of the most intriguing in film writing I have ever seen and they can be understood by studying the many principles previously discussed in the article Creation of Texture.

After a careful study of each chapter, practicing creating textures and making adjustments to them, now it is time to put our knowledge to test....

January 20, 2017

In the first two examples of Creation of Texture, we put into test what we have learned from the previous chapters. These first exercises were meant for pure musical creation and had no connection with the actual happening of the scenes.

In order to be more visual oriented, this time we are going to apply the Creation of Texture to a scene. This means, what we will create has to make sense with what’s happening in the scene.


January 10, 2017


Creation of Texture is the last chapter of my project which I call The John Williams Compositional Techniques book. Part of it has been quoted here in this blog. I hope you find it useful for the improvement of your compositional abilities. Enjoy!

Creation of Texture

In the course of my investigations I’ve discovered that John Williams has a great imagination when it comes...

August 30, 2016


The journey to a good symphonic writing is long and requires criteria to study the right source of sounds that you are looking for. This blog is dedicated to those who want to understand the musical techniques and mind of the man which I consider to be the best film music composer of all times - John Williams.

In the following posts, I am going to share with you some of my conclusions I have discovered while profoundly st...

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