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Comments about the soundtrack for Enemy at the Gates (James Horner)

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Re: Horner rip-off theory
• Posted by: DeVooluff   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, May 16, 2008, at 12:21 p.m.
• IP Address: 218-215-170-68.people.net.au
• In Response to: Horner rip-off theory (Michael Arlidge)
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Firstly, I've no problem with James Horners talent as a composer. I do have to say that when I watched 'Troy' I nearly cried when I heard what he had done with Vaughan Williams interpretation of Thomas Tallis' work. Had he left it intact and accredited it as such, I would not be here berating him, but he butchered it by fiddling with a sequence at the end of the motif then claimed it as his own. That my friends, is plagarism at its ugliest. Even Vaughan Williams acknowledged the original composer.

To any who think my distress is overstated, listen to a rendition of the work that Vaughan Williams delivered in 1910 based on a theme first performed in 1576 and tell me differently.

I've said too much. It made me cross is all. I'll go back to 'getting stuffed', sipping wine and not watching 'Troy'.

> To all people who think that James Horner is uncreative, and borrows from
> not only his own scores, but from those of other composers - get stuffed!
> Horner may borrow, but the result as heard in the final score is
> perfection. It does not matter a stuff that he is borrowing. If it suits
> the movie, and makes for a good listen, then that is all that counts. And,
> as for the similarities in the themes for Enemy at the Gates and
> Schindler's List , they are similar, but each is somewhat unique. I would
> even go so far as to say that the Horner theme is superior to the Williams
> one, but only so far as it appears within the context of the film (the
> human side of war compared to the Holocaust). As for the rest of the score
> for Enemy at the Gates , it is immense, not only in scope, but also in
> emotional resonance. If Mr. Horner does not win the Academy Award
> (regardless of whether there are two categories, Dramatic Score and Comedy
> Score, or just Original Score), then it will be a great shame, because he
> has created a score that stays in one's memory well after it has been
> heard, and fits the movie like a glove.




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