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One of John Williams' strongest scores of the 80's

John Williams film music of the 1980's was HUGE. Almost everything score he composed during the 80's was gold and his music from Empire of the Sun is no exception. What sets his score for Empire of the Sun apart from much of his music from earlier in the 80's is the emotional depth and character development required for a story about inner strength and survival amidst the ravages of war. The main character of Jim in Empire of the Sun has to quickly grow up and transform from fanciful English boy in WWII-era China to a man, fighting for survival. Williams' score musically parallels Jim's development in a profound way as he witness the struggles of survival in a POW camp amidst death and misery. At the same time, his outlook is still youthful and optimistic as he navigates the pitfalls of the selfish world that he exists in. John Williams skillfully and masterfully intertwines these two drastically opposite emotions in powerful ways both melodic and by means of tempo. While at times musically intense and oppressive the score also reach heights of great symphonic beauty with a resonance of freedom and grace... signaling to us that Jim will survive the ordeal is he experiencing.

John Williams score for Empire of the Sun will bring tears to your eyes and lift your heart in a way that will leave you feeling changed for the better.

life in china during occupation

I found this soundtrack to be inspirational and original. It is beyond words of beauty. One of the best I have ever heard. A good introduction to classical music.

Suo Gan Hauntingly Beautiful

So few songs have the ability to grab your heart from the moment you hear it. This is the exception. The young soloist voice is what I'd like to imagine angels sound like. So clean, so pitch perfect, so sublime.


Born: February 8, 1932 in Flushing, NY

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The most popular film composer of the modern era, John Williams created music for some of the most successful motion pictures in Hollywood history -- Star Wars, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, Jurassic Park and Harry Potter are just four of the credits in his extensive oeuvre. Born February 8, 1932, in Floral Park, New York, he was the son of a movie studio musician, and he followed in his father's footsteps by studying music at UCLA and Juilliard; initially, he pursued a career as a jazz pianist, later...
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Empire of the Sun (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), John Williams
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Soundtrack, Music, Original Score
  • Released: Dec 01, 1987

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