"Amazing Stories Theme" by John Williams

Piano AR guidance for “Amazing Stories Theme”

Academy-Award winning director, screenwriter and producer Steven Spielberg had, by 1985, already captivated audiences with the cinematic successes of Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Color Purple, Back to the Future, to name only a few. With Amazing Stories, Spielberg and NBC brought high production fiction to network television. It won five Emmy Awards during its two-year series.

As with nearly all of Spielberg’s work, John Williams composed the musical score. He created the show’s epic theme music (plus bumpers for commercial breaks and closing credits) and complete scores for two episodes. The show placed a priority on its soundtrack. WIlliams and other great composers (including Alan Silvestri and Danny Elfman) delivered scores with the compositional depth usually reserved for feature movies on the big screen.

On March 25, 2019, Apple announced Apple TV+, its video subscription service which features original programming from eminent storytellers and filmmakers. Spielberg spoke at the Apple event to reintroduce Amazing Stories and talk about his inspiration and vision for the 10-episode new series.

“It’s the universal human trait to search for meaning. So in these disconnected stories, we think the audience will find that one compelling narrative that will make the first season of Amazing Stories into a single thematic experience for them.”

"Für Elise" by Ludwig van Beethoven

Beethoven, who was known for illegible writing, inscribed the handwritten manuscript with the phrase, “For Elise,” which has been attributed to Elisabeth Röckel, a noted musician and friend of Beethoven’s. But many have asserted that the transcriber misread Beethoven’s scribbling, and that the dedication was actually, “For Therese.”

"A Hazy Shade of Winter" by Paul Simon

Written by Simon, and sung together with his friend and longtime collaborator Art Garfunkel, the song was released as a single in 1966 and included on the 1968 “Bookends” album, their fourth studio collection together. It rose to number 13 on the Billboard charts. Years later, in 1987, the song would be repurposed as a cover by the band, The Bangles, as part of the soundtrack for Marek Kanievska's film, “Less Than Zero.” The cover version reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 list.