Viewers watching the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday night will experience a unique cinematic event. The TCU Horned Frogs and Georgia Bulldogs matchup between David and Goliath has all the makings of a Hollywood movie. So it’s only fitting that ESPN turned to Hollywood’s most beloved composer for music.
Variety reports that five-time Oscar winner John Williams has composed a new three-and-a-half-minute theme song for a game titled “Of Grit and Glory,” which airs during ESPN broadcasts. The song was recorded by a 96-piece orchestra conducted by Williams on December 21.
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“Intercollegiate football has long been the center and soul of our nation’s life, so the opportunity to pay homage musically to this great tradition was a particularly meaningful pleasure for me. “When ESPN suggested writing a theme for the championship game on January 9, I was thrilled and excited. It is a great honor for me to be invited to write this music and a modest contribution to one of our country’s most cherished traditions. I am especially honored to be able to do it.”
Williams’ decision to work with ESPN is in line with his previous comments about wanting to focus on short pieces without the time constraints of feature films. Next year’s “Indiana Jones and the Dials of Fate” is expected to be his last film project unless a James Bond producer calls him, but Williams has decided not to write concert hall orchestral music. We plan to pay attention to
“Right now I’m working on Indiana Jones 5. I think Harrison Ford, who is a lot younger than me, has announced that it will be his last film. It’s a long commitment for me at this point in my life.” .
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