Star Wars’ legendary composer John Williams writes a surprising new theme

While Oscar-winning composer John Williams is best known to some fans for providing the music that accompanies Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Superman, Harry Potter and countless others, just like when he provided music for the Olympics, the man is lending his talent to another sporting event. Variety confirms that Williams has composed an original track titled “Of Grit and Glory” that will be used in a corporate video on Monday, January 9 ahead of the College Football Playoff National Championship between the TCU Horned Frogs and the Georgia Bulldogs.

“Intercollegiate football has been the heart and soul of our country’s life for so long that the chance to musically honor this great tradition has been an especially meaningful joy to me. I was thrilled and thrilled when ESPN proposed a theme writing for the Championship game on January 9,” Williams said in a statement. “The games themselves always elevate the collective spirit and ultimately the competition brings us all closer to a place where the concept of winners and losers dissolves into mutual respect and admiration. The invitation to write this music is a great honor for me, and I feel especially privileged to make a small contribution to one of our country’s most cherished traditions.”

Williams previously wrote and conducted major pieces for sporting events, including the 1984 Summer Olympics, which not only earned him a Grammy award, but has since essentially become the theme music for the entire Olympics. The composer also created theme music for NBC Sunday Night Football, used in the mid-2000s.

In addition to the song playing in the new pre-game visual, snippets of music can also be heard during the title game. The trade notes that it’s unclear what ESPN will do with the music after this year rolls around, noting that they “could theoretically use it in future college football broadcasts” and “no plans for a commercial release have apparently been discussed. “

Williams is on track to potentially score his next Academy Award nomination, having made the shortlist for the Best Score Oscar for The Fables. The composer previously teased that the upcoming Indiana Jones and the Dial of Fate could be his last before he retires.

(Cover photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images)

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