*Read John Williams’ biography here
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
The first of (soon to be) five action adventure movies was released in 1981. This is another in the long line of Steven Spielberg directed movies John Williams wrote scores for (he’s doing movie number five as well).
The movies star Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, an archaeologist who, while searching for the ark of the Covenant has to fight a group of Nazis.
The most famous piece from the score is the “Raiders March”, which is now synonymous with the Indiana Jones movies, and was used in the scores for the other movies.
Originally John Williams wrote two different options for the theme, but Spielberg liked them both so much that rather than choose he insisted they both be used together…and that formed the “Raiders March”.
You can hear the different themes when you listen to the music. The adventurous fanfare which gives way to a more romantic melody before returning to the original theme.
Another Academy Award nomination for John Williams for Best Original Score, but he lost to Chariots of Fire. He also lost in the BAFTAS for Best Film Music to The French Lieutenant’s Woman. It did, however, win a Saturn Award for Best Music.
I’m a huge fan of the Indiana Jones movies, particularly the first two. I think my enjoyment of the music is in part because of my enjoyment of the movies – a Pavlovian response? Which movie or scene does the music take you to?