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Comments about the soundtrack for Catch Me If You Can (John Williams)

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Re: Williams is burned out!
• Posted by: JW Fan   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Sunday, January 29, 2006, at 4:35 p.m.
• IP Address: spkdsl-116-111.cet.com
• In Response to: Re: Williams is burned out! (David)

What we need to stop doing is calling these people composers and give them the title that fits - arrangers. Williams has a genius for arranging. He has taken many works of art and arranged them to fit film. Great. At least that would be honest. But to go and receive huge and numerous awards as a composer of "original" music is craziness! I think that the awards should be revoked after an in-depth study.

By the way, comparing Williams to Tchaikovsky is asinine. Tchaikovsky only wrote 20-40 minute pieces? What planet are you on? He wrote multiple hour original works. You've heard of the Nutcracker? Swan Lake? Sleeping Beauty? These pieces by the way are without filler music that is used in every movie. For most movies you can boil the music down into about 10 - 15 minutes and the rest is repetition and background music.

By the way, I recently performed the Barbarian Hoard from Gladiator and there are some passages that seem lifted directly from the Planets and a section that is a blantant rip-off of the Baba Yaga movement from Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. Everthing that is taken from another work sounds pretty cool and then it is obvious where the "composer" (arranger) tries to write original music to connect or fill-in the gaps because the music just isn't nearly as interesting.

For the people who want to put down those who are saying that music has been ripped off by saying that it isn't true or it isn't that important - I completely disagree. These people are making millions and winning the most coveted awards through plagiarism. It should be illegal.

It is at the very least disgusting to those who know and understand.

Please stop trying to put down people that have an education in music. There is nothing snooty about knowing a craft and knowing if someone's work is genuine. Maybe you guys would understand if I relate this whole debocle to your own work. I'm sure you'd be upset if McD's started selling flame broiled woppers and saying that they invented them. You'd all be on your blogs saying that they taste good but only because Brger Kng developed the specific strain of M@$!$G required to get that lipsmackin' taste. What if they won awards?

Stupid wasn't maybe the right thing to say for that Anonymous poster. I would prefer WILDLY IGNORANT.




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