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Comments about the soundtrack for Braveheart (James Horner)

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Re: The Planets. Holst is the real thief!!
• Posted by: roybatty   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Monday, October 9, 2006, at 8:49 p.m.
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• In Response to: (Comment Deleted by Poster) (Michael Björk)

> Nice score, but Horner has stolen som notes from Holsts suite The Planets
> - "Jupiter".

Before you get into that, check out the amazing similarity between the "Jupiter" and Hubert Parry's hymn "Jerusalem" composed in 1916, bearing in mind that "The Planets" was in 1919!!!!! So it looks as if 'ol Gustav, THE GREAT COMPOSER, is actually more of a thief than James Horner in this case!!

However, on the other hand it does sound like Horner spent a lot of time listening to traditional Celtic-Scottish music before he did this score as its influence is clear thruought. For example, he seems to have based the William Wallace theme on an old traditional Scottish song called "And I'l get to Scotland afore'ye". It has the same overall shape but he's arranged it differently so that it sounds heroic and triumphant.

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