Posted by: Rolan <Send E-Mail> Date: Sunday, February 25, 2007, at 10:41 a.m. IP Address: r36h36.res.gatech.edu
In Response to:
>I've also read somewhere that the melody
> from Schindler's List is derived from one of Mahler's symphonies.
You're correct. I wrote that post sometime back when I said that part of Schindler's List theme is similar to Mahler's 8th symphony (part where the tiefen glocken in A (bells) introduces the strings playing oscillating descending fifths.) I thought it was brilliant what Williams did. Then again he may not necessarily have derived it from that, but that is just one possible theory. The two-note motif from Jaws (minor second) is a basic interval and doesn't necessarily mean copy from Dvorak's 9th. But in general I do think that Williams pays tribute to these dead composers in his works and uses their brilliance to augment his. Nothing wrong that.