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

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Re: Can you say rip off?
• Posted by: Ben Frost   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017, at 9:29 a.m.
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• In Response to: Can you say rip off? (Andrew)
• Now Playing: Beethoven

> I saw the film in the theaters and I am a big fan of film scores. Most of
> what James Horner did in this film sounds excatly like 'Shilnder's
> (spelling) List' done by John Williams (A better composer, in my opinion)
> The entire film sounded this way to me. Sorry Mr. Horner.

I certainly can't believe that Horner's music sounding like Williams' music is a coincidence. I think John Williams should at least get credit for being the first person to compose that music. James Horner did not come up with that music himself. He might have reinterpreted it into his own style but the person who did the most valuable work in that piece of music is John Williams not James Horner. Copying your own music is completely different because you own the rights to your own music and you can do whatever you want with it. Copying somebody else's work and claiming it as your own is dishonest and unfair. Whether Williams or Horner is the better composer is completely irrelevant. The point is Horner stole Williams's music, tweaked it a little, and then claimed it as his own. Regardless of how common it is that is not OK.

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