Posted by: Timothy Rodier <Send E-Mail> Date: Friday, July 28, 2006, at 8:28 p.m. IP Address: adsl-69-230-221-115.dsl.irvnca.pacbell.net
In Response to:
Re: Raptor Theme(Ken Applegate)
"Is it possible that that microscopic study has just revealed a nuance that John Williams uses often?? I, personally, don't thing that he would use a
30-year-old film with such a recognizable theme and just alter the mode on
purpose. Did he do it?? Your research seems to suggest so. But I agree
that it should be regarded as coincidence until John comes out and says
that Close Encounters was the inspiration behind the Raptor theme.
It is pretty awesome to see somebody paying that much attention to detail.
After looking at what I wrote some two years ago, and reading it's response, I agree with Ken, the similarity between the raptor theme and close encounters theme is merely speculative similarity, I would even go so far as to say there is no similarity. Williams uses very familiar motifs when composing themes (perfect fifth, minor third,"bad guy" minor sixth), but these are merely colors in a very extensive palette. Should we say that an early Rembrandt piece resembles a later one merely because he uses the same color?