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Comments about the soundtrack for The Empire Strikes Back (John Williams)

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Re: Better than Episode IV
• Posted by: Rolan   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Friday, June 30, 2006, at 7:05 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Better than Episode IV (JB)

> Actually it's Schumann's Symphony no.3 "Rhenish", not the Rach
> 2. But it is interesting to note that Horner has borrowed several themes
> from classical pieces ever since the start. The 4-note "evil
> motif" is actually the opening motif from Rachmaninov's First
> Symphony, Star Trek III clearly incorporated music from Prokofiev's Romeo
> and Juliet ballet, Troy had bits of Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony and
> Vaughan-Williams' Thomas Tallis Fantasia/D. Arnold's Stargate theme,
> Khachaturian's Adagio from Gayaneh appeared in a slightly altered form in
> Aliens. I mean the list could really go on and on if you listened
> carefully enough. And then he copies his own music.

> Well, I enjoy Horner's music, not for its derivatory nature but because I
> fell in love with his music when I heard Star Trek II when I was like ten,
> and then again I just don't care. But it would be great to have a truly
> original score to just experience a profound shock. Though unfortunately
> I'm not expecting that to happen...

Actually it is interesting to know the the four-note chromatic "evil" motif taken from Rachmaninoff's first symphony is used in a number of Horner scores from "Enemy at the Gates" to "Troy."

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