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"John Williams" is the final installation of the More Famous Composers collection. Marin Alsop discusses the life of this cinema composer best known for authoring E.T.'s epic score. In this 17-minute biography, Alsop also explains a film composer's process and includes highlights of Williams' famous music. Alsop's performance is informative and clear. Her strong voice shows genuine passion for the stories she tells. The inclusion of Williams' quotations adds tonal variety and unique insight into his life. Music and film buffs in particular will enjoy this interesting look at a celebrated modern composer.

Publisher's Summary

This is a story from the More Famous Composers collection.

The first volume of Famous Composers, written by Darren Henley and read by Marin Alsop, the American conductor, won a prestigious Audie in the US. Here, Henley and the Naxos AudioBooks team bring the combination of an entertaining but informative "life" and numerous musical selections to a further set of six composers: Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Rachmaninov, and contemporary artist Paul Williams.

Also listen to the first book, Famous Composers.
©2007 Naxos AudioBooks (P)2007 Naxos AudioBooks

Critic Reviews

"The pleasantly voiced Marin Alsop once again acts as musical tour guide, giving historical context and sharing engaging bits of information... while also calling our attention to interesting, illustrative moments in the music. Though clearly designed for children, this engaging audio experience is educational for a wide audience." (AudioFile)

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