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How 'Ready Player One' became the rare Steven Spielberg movie not scored by John Williams

It's impossible to imagine Steven Spielberg's cinematic reign without John Williams. The composer has given life and indelible melodies both to Spielberg's blockbuster adventures ("Raiders of the Lost Ark," "E.T.") and his heartbreakers ("Schindler's List," "Saving Private Ryan").

But recently, time and circumstance have forced Spielberg to find his musical soul elsewhere. Since his theatrical debut "The Sugarland Express" in 1974, the director had only once hired another composer - Quincy Jones for "The Color Purple" - but Williams was unable to score "Bridge of

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