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.
How would John Williams write a song fitting to be played by a group of extraterrestrial musicians? Director George Lucas gave the following guidance.
Master composer and conductor, John Williams, wrote the score for the first three of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter films. “Hedwig’s Theme,” (and more specifically the section called, “Hedwig’s Flight”) has become synonymous with the magical world the movies portray. Although its title refers to a notable white owl, Williams’ leitmotif is not used for this character exclusively. Instead, it represents the concept of magic and mystery more universally, and Williams composed it specifically so.
Mancini’s expertise spanned the classical, pop, rock and jazz genres. He is often cited as the composer who brought jazz to film scoring. His collaborations with filmmaker Blake Edwards included some of his most widely received scores, such as “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “Peter Gunn,” “The Great Race,” and “The Pink Panther.”