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Schumann music and folk song in Willow
• Posted by: roybatty
• Date: Saturday, April 14, 2007, at 9:41 a.m.
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Message Edited: Saturday, April 14, 2007, at 9:58 a.m.

The fact that Willow's Theme is derived from Robert Schumann's 3rd Symphony "Rhenish" is now old news. I recently bouhght the Schumann and upon hearing it my initial feeling was that - although it is admittedly very similar - Willow is not totally identical to it as the Schumann does not contain the four-note statement which opens the Willow Theme. This took me by surprise because I had read in various forums that Willow is an exact duplicate of this Schumann music. I was also somewhat surprised by the different "feel" of it. Did anyone else feel the same way?
I have also read somewhere that Elora Danan's Theme is a "note-by-note" copy of an old Bulgarian harvest song. However, Wikipedia claims that it resembles the "Redemption Motif" in Wagner's "Ring". Does anyone have an opinion on this??

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