The Baton: A John Williams Musical Journey

Episode 26 - Fiddler on the Roof

June 5, 2019

The 1971 film version of "Fiddler on the Roof" was a massive undertaking for John Williams as music supervisor, taking on a beloved Broadway musical that needed to be expanded for the big screen. In addition to putting some fresh touches on the songs, he also was able to compose some original music that further illustrated his talents to the world. The film marked the first time Williams worked on a big moneymaker, and he also reaped a few rewards of his own. Host Jeff Commings details some of the best musical moments in the film and analyzes how Williams kept the tone of the original music but was able to give it a bolder sound.