John Williams plans to retire after Indiana Jones 5



“Harrison Ford, who is much younger than me, announced, I believe, that this would be his last film. So I thought, ‘If Harrison can do it, maybe I can too?’ ”

John Williams party this year 90 years in music. The leading composer of Star Wars, AND Jaws or Harry Potter and IndianaJones takes part for the occasion in a series of concerts. He notably appeared during the Star Wars Convention to surprise fans of Star Wars. On stage, as he launched the first notes of his other cult saga IndianaJones, Harrison Ford took the stage to wish him a happy birthday.

John Williams recounts this wonderful experience toAssociated Press and adds that he intends to retire once he has finished composing the music for IIndiana Jones 5 for George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, the producers of this new opus which is this time directed by James Mangold. “Right now, I’m working on Indiana Jones 5. Harrison Ford, who is much younger than me, announced, I believe, that this would be his last film. So I said to myself: ‘If Harrison can do it, maybe I can too?’ At this time in my life, committing to such a soundtrack is a big investment. (it takes about six months of work from composition to recording, editor’s note). Well, I don’t want to categorically eliminate any activity either…”

John Williams adds that composing music is more than a job for him. “It gave me the capacity to breathe, to live and to understand that there was more than bodily life. Without being religious, which I am not particularly, there is a spiritual life, an artistic life, a reality that goes beyond the worldliness of everyday life. Music can elevate the spirit to a poetic level. You can see how necessary it is for humanity. I like to think that music is older than the language, that there were probably people tapping rhythmically or blowing hollow sticks before we even knew how to speak. It’s an essential part of our humanity. It gave me my life.”


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