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Re: John Williams copied Brahms music?
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• Posted by: S.Venkatnarayanan
• Date: Sunday, November 2, 2008, at 10:54 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: John Williams copied Brahms music? (Tom Garber)

> Dear Mr. Venkatnarayanan,
> The quotation by John Williams from Brahms's Academic Festival Overture is
> quite appropriate. Brahms wrote his piece as a thank-you for the an
> honorary Doctor's Degree in music given to him by the University of
> Breslau.
> In his piece, he quoted from several well-known tunes that were sung by
> college students in those days. So John Williams is paying homage to the
> proud history of collegiate life by quoting Brahms here.
> In a similar humorous vein, in Saint Saens's Carnival of the Animals, in
> the movement called 'Fossils', he quotes from children's songs that were
> considered to be out-of-date, and therefore 'fossils'.

> - Tom Garber

You mean to say that it wasn't deliberate or intentional by Williams to lift that particular notes from Brahms' Academic Festival overture. Is it not?

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