I always look froward to the Olympics - summer or winter. I really like the competition, the representation of so many nations, and even the cheesy commentary. I try not to think about the doping that is going on or how the host nation is likely to go bankrupt after the Olympics have come and gone.
I love the music. Some of my favorite music appears during the Olympics thanks the the limitless talents of John Williams. Williams has the ability to write motives and melodies that immediately convey an archetype. It can be Superman, Darth Vader, an alien's relation with a child, a shark, a heroic archeologist, the tragedies and triumphs of World War II, the magic of Hogwarts, or the nightly news.
His immediately recognizable tunes make it easy for networks to excerpt small segments of his Olympic music. We will hear portions of these pieces as we go to and return from commercials.
I may or may not listen to this music regularly in the car...
Hopefully, we will hear some of the works in full. If not, you can enjoy them here.
The "Olympic Fanfare and Theme" was written for the 1984 summer olympics in Los Angeles. Williams received a Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition.
0In 1988 he wrote "The Olympic Spirit" for the summer olympics in Seoul. It was nominated for a Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition.
In commemoration of the Centennial of the Modern Olympic Games Williams wrote "Summon the Heroes" for the summer olympics in Atlanta (1996). This theme is used heavily by NBC for intros and outros to commercial breaks.
"Call of the Champions" is a fanfare for orchestra and choir composed for the 2000 winter olympics in Salt Lake City. It opens with the choir singing "Citius! Altius! Fortius!" (Faster, Higher, Stronger), which is the Olympic Motto chosen by the founder of the modern Games.
Anthony is the Director of Music and Worship at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Asheville, NC.
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