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A possible insight into Conti's inspiration

Dave Norlin
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A possible insight into Conti's inspiration   Tuesday, April 24, 2012 (7:36 p.m.) 

The resemblances between certain passages of Gustav Holst's "Planets" suite and Conti's effort merit some comparison, particularly that of Holst's "Jupiter" suite. Even a cursory listen can detect substantial, borderline plagiaristic similarities. With this said, however, Conti's primary themes, particularly the Yeager theme, are some of my favorites, and props to Clem for finally getting around to reviewing it. I've waited a long time for this one.

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Re: A possible insight into Conti's inspiration   Thursday, April 26, 2012 (2:23 p.m.) 

> The resemblances between certain passages of Gustav Holst's
> "Planets" suite and Conti's effort merit some comparison,
> particularly that of Holst's "Jupiter" suite. Even a cursory
> listen can detect substantial, borderline plagiaristic similarities.

Well, it's not as if this is somehow completely unknown information. Conti was specifically asked to ape the temp track as close as possible, and the director actually wanted him to get even closer had Conti not put on the brakes and said that would cross the line into outright plagiarism. And you know what the irony is? The entirety of the "Glenn's Flight" cue doesn't even appear in the film but was replaced by the temp track anyway! But yeah, a lot of those similarities were entirely due to Kaufman's meddling than from the composer intentionally stealing from the temp track.


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