This set could be twice as long and still not include all of Williams's "greatest" scores. The mere mention of some of the 26-plus films included here -- "Star Wars," "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial," "Superman," "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom," "Jaws," "The Empire Strikes Back," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (just for starters!) -- is enough to evoke the most vivid sounds and images for moviegoers. Williams's limitless range encompasses the excitement of "Hook," the exquisite passage from "Schindler's List" (with Itzhak Perlman
on violin), and the somber grandeur of "Saving Private Ryan." Small wonder that directors Steven Spielberg, Oliver Stone, and George Lucas have made him their composer of choice. If there's a defining moment here, it's the "Flying Theme" from "E.T." Under Williams's gifted baton, the full orchestra soars with sound that seems to capture the essence of wonder and adventure.