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You know, at one time, it was in vogue to dismiss the abilities of John Williams as lite-weight. That he was somehow a lesser composer because he made orchestral music popular again in the 1970s. Because he somehow knew the chords to pull out of his hat to rouse you. Because he told you what emotions to feel at the movies, rather than letting you decide for yourself.

But it's time to simply acknowledge the greatness of John Williams. He has had a remarkably consistent career. He has produced (Raiders, Star Wars, Superman, Schindler's List, Jaws, etc, etc, etc) songs that are as recognizable to our generation as the composers who preceded him, whether they be Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Strauss, etc.

Classical music was once popular music. Williams has made it so again, and his contribution to 20th century music is significant.

Just because you are popular does not automatically mean you aren't also talented.
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