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Williams: Olympic Fanfare

Can you guess this piece? Here’s a hint: A different kind of ring cycle.

John Williams has been a frequent contributor to the music for various Olympics. His Olympic Fanfare and Theme was written for the 1984 OLYMPIC GAMES in Los Angeles, and he has also provided themes for the 1988 and 1996 Olympics. On the connection between sport and music, Williams says “I remember seeing a photograph of a female athlete suspended above the ground, every fiber of her being stretching for a ball just beyond her reach… captured in a shot, freezing time and denying gravity. There is unquestionably a spiritual, non-corporeal aspect to an athletic quest such as this that brings us close to what art is all about.”

Music Heard On This Episode

John Williams: Olympic Fanfare and Theme
John Williams/Boston Pops Orchestra — Summon the Heroes (Sony, 2000)
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John Williams: Olympic Fanfare and Theme
John Williams/Boston Pops Orchestra — Summon the Heroes (Sony, 2000)
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