John Williams’ immortal classic theme for Jaws has finally found a place in the Classic FM Hall Of Fame.
The Jaws theme has become synomynous with suspense and terror. It starts as slow swipes of the shark’s instinct, locking onto it’s prey and soon speeds up to become a frenzied attack driven by hunger and bloodlust. So recognisable, it’s place in popular culture and everyday life will never ever be lost.
When Williams first played the main two-note motif to Spielberg on a piano, the director initially laughed thinking it was a joke. Williams described the theme, performed on the tuba, as "grinding away at you, just as a shark would do, instinctual, relentless, unstoppable".
His score is widely considered one of the most iconic pieces of film music (it was ranked the sixth greatest score of all time by the American Film Institute) and is almost a character in itself.