Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
John Williams


John Williams's classic sci-fi soundtrack climbs one place in the 2014 Hall of Fame — and it means the composer has 10 scores in the top 50.

John WIlliams went from an iconic two-note motif in Jaws to an iconic five-note motif in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. He reportedly had to compose around 350 five-note phrases before he and director Steven Spielberg settled on the iconic one heard in the soundtrack to the classic sci-fi film. Well, you can't expect an alien race to use any old musical phrase to communicate with Earthlings. Eerie and haunting, it's a fitting soundtrack for a film exploring the life-changing encounter between an ordinary American man and a UFO. It's also another blinding success story from the dynamic movie duo.

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