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Composer, teen serenade John Williams

Associated Press Associated Press 20/07/2016

Two musicians earned a greeting from legendary Hollywood film composer John Williams by playing his theme from Star Wars outside of his Los Angeles home.

A video of the performance was posted on YouTube by Michael Miller, himself a longtime TV composer.

The clip shows him playing the famous theme on flugelhorn alongside 13-year-old trumpet player Bryce Hayashi last week on the footpath in front of Williams' home.

The performance drew the composer to his door, and he later walked down to shake hands with the musicians.

Miller told The Associated Press he came up with the "wild and crazy" idea to take the teen he was mentoring to serenade the composer, who lived a couple houses down from Miller's friend's home.

It was the first time the two had performed the duet flawlessly, Miller said.

Miller called himself a big Star Wars fan, but added, "I'm probably more of a John Williams fan than a Star Wars fan."

On the video, the 84-year-old Williams joked he didn't think the teen would be able to hit the high notes, but he did.

Williams was honoured with a life achievement award from the American Film Institute earlier this year. He's also known for his compositions for Jaws, the Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park series and other films. He has won five Academy Awards for his film scores.

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