It's John Williams Month again, and, as this is a year of the Summer Olympics (being held in London), I thought I would provide an Olympic theme for this month and next month.
When a country hosts the Olympic Games, tradition holds that said country will enlist a native composer to compose a theme for the games. In 1984, the 23rd (XXIII) Summer Olympic Games were held in Los Angeles, CA. The Olympic Committee commissioned John Williams to write the theme for the games. He wrote "Olympic Fanfare and Theme." Williams himself conducted an orchestra consisting of Los Angeles musicians at the games.
Williams would also write themes for the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, GA, and, most recently, the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, UT.
A lot of times, these themes don't get remembered or played beyond the event itself. There have really only been a handful that become really popular. The "Olympic Fanfare and Theme" is one of them. It has become iconic of the Olympic Games.
I can remember watching the Olympics more frequently when I was younger. It's very likely that the first time I heard this piece was during the 1984 Olympics. Though it was written by John Williams (who is, in my opinion, the greatest living composer), it didn't really grow on me until much later.
And now, to ring in the 30th (XXX) Olympiad, here is the "Olympic Fanfare and Theme". Enjoy!