Williams’ musical challenges

I spoke to composer John Williams — who won Oscars for Spielberg’s “Schindler’s List” and “E.T.” — about his musical challenges in “Munich”. He described using instruments like the Persian Oud, and the Hungarian Cimbalom, a Hungarian instrument for the sounds of the film’s sites.

Most interestingly (to me), Williams wrote the “lament — an elegy” in the scene in which the Israeli athletes are murdered when they believed they were being transported. Williams says the vocalization he created in that scene “is like that of a mother to a child. It is ’The Prayer for Peace’ — And that is what the movie is about.”

Williams had another musical challenge last year — the unique Japanese sounds for “Memoirs of a Geisha.” In both cases, we are benefactors of Williams’ genius.

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