While John Williams will probably be most remembered for his music to Spielberg blockbusters ("Jaws," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial," "Schindler's List," and "Jurassic Park," among ohters) or other moneymakers (the "Star Wars" saga and "Superman-The Movie"), his score to the Jack Nicholson film ranks as one of his finest. The score foreshadows some of the arrangements that he would later use in the "Harry Potter" series but has hints of Camille Saint-Saens as well as Williams' own earlier work.
However, the composer really pulled out all the stops and created a blend of excitement, wonder, playfulness, along with macabre humor. He carefully incorporates a "linking" melody throughout most of the fourteen cuts, making each selection a fitting accompaniment to the ones that precede or follow it.
"The Dance of the Witches" is a triumph and stands as one of the composer's most infectious and jaw-dropping concoctions. And "The Seduction of Suki and The Ballroom Scene" are near perfection, both lilting and captivating. "The Destruction of Darryl" explodes with frenetic action that I'm sure the musicians were exhausted after recording it.
"The Witches of Eastwick," along with the composer's work for 1979's "Dracula" and the early 70's television of "Jane Eyre," reveal the many facets of a multi-talented artist who has been at the forefront of film music writing for more than four decades.