John Williams: His Film Music and Influences - Chris Rogerson
(John Williams (Fall 2017))

The course will cover the film music of John Williams and his influences, including Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, and Mahler. Students will do in-depth analyses of Williams’ scores as well as the composers mentioned above, and study how his music is influenced by these masters as well as how it departs from them. While the course will be predominantly in-class discussion as well as listening/viewing, students will be responsible for a presentation mid-semester and a paper at the end of the semester.


Films covered in this course: Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Jaws, E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, The Patriot, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, A.I. Artificial Intelligence. Other music covered: Ravel Mother Goose Suite, Stravinsky Rite of Spring, Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet Suites, Mahler Symphony No. 5, Shostakovich The Bolt, Dvorak Symphony No. 9: From the New World, Holst The Planets. Texts: Audissino, Emilio. 2014. John Williams's Film Music: Jaws, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and the Return of the Classical Hollywood Music Style. Madison: U. of Wisconsin Press.