John Williams talks to Donald Macleod about his early jazz career, and his first meeting with a budding film director called Steven Spielberg.
John Williams talks to Donald Macleod about a date with a young rookie director that changed movie history. Williams discusses the lunch meeting with Steven Spielberg in 1972 that precipitated one of the cinema's greatest partnerships - as well as introducing his pioneering score to Spielberg's "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind".
Before that, we hear about Williams's early life in jazz, working with Henry Mancini and André Previn, and composing big band jazz scores for television - including the detective drama Checkmate. The composer discusses his experiences in the hothouse film and TV studios of the 1960s, and introduces his score to the TV film Jane Eyre, for which he visited the Yorkshire Dales.
The programme ends with the first of a series of Williams's concert works - the pungently dissonant, Bartók-tinged Flute Concerto from 1969.
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