John Williams donates scores to Juilliard

Posted on: March 7, 2018

“John Williams wants to repay the school that set him on the path to a career as one of the movies’ premier composers,” writes Daniel Bubbeo in Tuesday’s (3/6) Newsday (Melville, N.Y.). “The Floral Park native who has composed more than 100 scores, including those for the ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Harry Potter’ movies, announced on Tuesday that he is bequeathing his complete library of concert music and film scores as well as his sketchbooks to his alma mater, The Juilliard School. Williams, who studied piano at the famed Manhattan school for the arts, shared the news at an alumni event held in Los Angeles, where he was also received the President’s Medal from the school. ‘Since my earliest days as a fledgling piano student, I have looked up to The Juilliard School as the mecca for the study of music in our country and beyond,’ Williams, 86, said…. ‘It’s therefore a privilege for me to donate my sketches, papers, and scores to Juilliard, to be made available to those students particularly interested in the intimate processes of film scoring.’ ”

Posted March 7, 2018