JAWS (1975)


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Before Shark Week, there was Jaws and that music. “F to F sharp. With those two notes, composer John Williams ensured that venturing into water would never feel safe again.”1 Meet John Williams who used a lot of instruments to introduce a mechanical shark and the rest is history.

Rarely have six basses, eight celli, four trombones and a tuba held more power over listeners. Especially in a movie theatre. John Williams’s score for Jaws ranks as some of the most terrifying music ever written for the cinema. The music of Jaws was as responsible as filmmaker Steven Spielberg’s imagery ...

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