Dr.Chris Record Spotlight: JAWS

Today’s record spotlight is on a  movie celebrating its 40th JAWS.

This record is an old one. and one of my proudest. With out the music from Jaws as composed by John Williams the movie would be bland and boring. John Williams did an amazing job of giving us one of his best scores. A Soundtrack which he also one an Oscar for. This would start his amazing relationship with Steven Spielberg also scoring The Indiana Jones films, Jurassic Park and most recently Lincoln.

The music was one in The Burbank Studios with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Spielberg said the score invokes fear and a phobia that only John can do.

The main “shark” theme, a simple alternating pattern of two notes—variously identified as “E and F”or “F and F sharp” became a classic piece of suspense music, synonymous with approaching danger  Williams described the theme as “grinding away at you, just as a shark would do, instinctual, relentless, unstoppable.”The piece was performed by tuba player Tommy Johnson . When asked by Johnson why the melody was written in such a high register and not played by the more appropriate French horn, Williams responded that he wanted it to sound “a little more threatening”. When Williams first demonstrated his idea to Spielberg, playing just the two notes on a piano, Spielberg was said to have laughed, thinking that it was a joke. As Williams saw similarities between Jaws and pirate movies, at other points in the score he evoked “pirate music”, which he called “primal.

This is one of best American Film scores of all time.


Jaws 2


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